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Speakers Bureau: Biographies

MATT GREEN, LMHC has more than 30 years experience treating patients with both psychiatric and addictive disorders. He has developed education, hotline and treatment programs for outpatient clinics, hospitals and human service organizations nationwide.

Matt is a co-director of Sameem Associates, lnc., one of the premier outpatient addiction treatment organizations in the Northeast. He has authored several book chapters, manuals and professional articles. He is also a Treatment Clinician (TC) for the National Football League (NFL) Program for Substances of Abuse, since 1997. (This program is a cosponsored by the NFL Management Council and the Players Association). Matt has led the Rookie Seminar on Substance Abuse as part of the Conduct Program for the National Football League for the New England Patriots Football Team, Player Development Program in 2008,2009 and 2010.

In September 2000 he developed and presented a Case Presentation to the annual NFL (National Football League) Conference for Treating Clinicians as part of the Program for Substances of Abuse, directed by the Medical Director Dr. Spatafora. He has worked for several years with players from the Football and Basketball Division I teams at Boston College - Dr. Arnold Mazur, Medical Liason.

In September of 1985, Matt delivered testimony to the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control - Charles Rangel (NY) Chair, on the drug problem that exists in the public school system.

Matt currently consults and supervises physicians who are monitored by Physician Health Services a corporation of the Massachusetts Medical Society for Impaired Physicians. He monitors selected physicians who require observed random Urine Toxic Screening. He has also served as a consultant to various schools, government organizations, hospitals and corporations (such as Arrow Electronics, Titleist Footjoy, American Airlines, Boston Police Dept., and others)

Matt chaired the City of Newton Substance Abuse Coalition (established in 1980) for 10 years and serves on the advisory board for the city of Newton Youth Commission and was Special Advisor to the Mayor of Newton. Matt has also been a frequent presenter at the Northeast Annual Conference for Group Psychotherapy, the Massachusetts Association for Drug and Alcohol Abuse counselors' conference and at the national conference for the Substance Abuse Programs Administrators Association as well as at many hospitals sponsored programs.

Matt was a consultant to HBO (Home Box Office) in the filming of their award winning documentary, "How to Raise a Drug Free Child". He also appeared and consulted to the "HealthWeek" production of "Party Pills" a Newsweek Film Production in association with PBS (Public Broadcasting Systems); and taped a segment for CBS The Early Show with Bryant Gumbel. Matt was also featured on Boston's WBZ Radio on the Jordan Rich Show. The show discussed techniques for anxiety management and stress reduction as well as the latest in substance abuse treatment options. Most recently, Matt was featured on Talking about Health with Dan Perkins on WEZE Radio - AM 590 discussing adolescent substance abuse.

Matt traveled to the island of St. Martin in the Caribbean-Netherlands, Antilles for over 3 years 1992 - 1995 to establish Turning Point, a substance abuse treatment center for the chain of islands. This program was supported in part through private capital and in part by a coordinated effort between the Dutch and French governments.

In August 2004, John Kelly, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and Matt Green collaborated on a pilot study for adolescents receiving treatment for alcohol and/or drug problems. The study was funded by Brown University with the hope that it would provide enough data to then receive support for a larger study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) part of the National Institutes on Health (NIH). The pilot program was completed in March 2005. In July 2006, Dr. Kelly, Associate Director of the MGH/Harvard Addiction Research Program (part of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital), was awarded a grant to embark on a 4-year study on adolescents in treatment for alcohol/drug problems by NIAAA. Sameem Associates, Inc. once again played a major role in this study. The recruitment phase of the study ended in August 2009.

From 1977-1990 Matt worked for the Newton Public Schools holding positions as counselor for the Youth Development Program a jointly sponsored program of the Newton Public Schools and the Judge Baker Guidance Center, school adjustment counselor, school psychologist intern, and drug and alcohol counselor for the secondary schools. With the help of the school committee and principals at Newton North and Newton South High school, he created the Newton Drug and Alcohol Program which served to evaluate students who were at risk for substance abuse problems. He became part of the IEP team for many students, making recommendations for treatment. He also ran groups and did individual work with students at risk. After resigning his position in 1990, the school system hired full time drug and alcohol counselors at each of the two high schools.

SUE GREEN, MSW has been working with parents for over 25 years. She runs educational and support groups for expectant and new mothers. Sue has also held many workshops on parenting issues for those with children of all ages. She created and implemented a suicide prevention hotline in the North Shore of Massachusetts. In addition to her support group work, Sue has been actively involved in community center program implementation for families and summer camp administration for over 20 years. She has a BA from Clark University and an MSW from Boston College. Sue’s primary area of expertise focuses on communication skills and managing the busy lifestyles of today’s families.

SUE KORBER, RN, MS, CS is a clinical nurse specialist. She has extensive training and experience in psychopharmacology and she prescribes medication for children, adolescents and adults. She currently provides psychopharmacological assessments and treatment for children in long-term residential programs. Sue has been on staff at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Tufts New England Medical Center, Harvard Vanguard Associates and Charles River Health Management. Sue’s expertise is in dual diagnosis evaluation and treatment with extensive knowledge of substance abuse and addictive disease. In addition, Sue has extensive knowledge in the areas of ADD/ADHD and bipolar disease in children.

TOM WOLFE, LICSW, BCD is a graduate of Cornell University and Boston College School of Social Work. He has worked in the Employee Assistance Program field for nearly 30 years providing training and consultation services to small and mid-size companies. He is adept in the provision of counseling, training, coaching, and corporate consultation services, and enjoys partnering with client companies and organizations to develop programs that are tailored to meet their distinct needs.

Tom's past experience as a manager of Employee Relations/Staff Development makes him uniquely knowledgeable about issues related to ADA, FMLA, Worker's Compensation, Harassment, Unemployment, and Disciplinary Actions. Tom is well known professionally in the field of Employee Assistance through his active involvement in EAPA, and is currently on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW.

In his clinical practice, Tom specializes in the field of addictive behaviors and is qualified to provide SAP evaluations under the DOT. He has worked in detoxification and rehabilitation units, and has extensive experience providing outpatient addiction counseling to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Tom is passionate in his mission to educate people about the disease concept of addiction, and believes that by intervening as early as possible we can help arrest the progression of this very prevalent illness.

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