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Program on March 29 offers human dignity perspective on addiction treatment and recovery
Posted 03/14/2019 02:34PM
William B. Stauffer

The Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust and the Department of Social Work at Misericordia University are hosting the free program, "A Human Dignity Perspective on Addiction Treatment and Recover," on Friday, March 29 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Registration for the public program begins at 9:30 a.m.

Panelists include state Senator Lisa Baker, R-20, Lehman Twp.; Ricardo Horn, L.M.S.W., executive director, Pyramid Healthcare, Inc., and William Stauffer, executive director, Pennsylvania Recovery Organization - Alliance (PRO-A), who will serve as moderator. In addition, Charles Burns, M.D., retired urologist, will speak as a community member in recovery.

The program will have special interest for professionals in the social work and health care industries. Continuing Education Unit certificates in social work are available to program attendees who meet the requirements.

The program will include a Pledge to Preserve Human Dignity in Health Care ceremony. Participants can make the pledge to "uphold the values of dignity, equality and justice within health care." Those taking the pledge will receive a pin they can wear to show their respect for the dignity of all patients.

Panelists will discuss their area of expertise regarding treatment of and recovery from addiction, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Dr. Charles Burns

"We are hoping to emphasize the necessity of approaching addiction from a human dignity perspective in all environments," said Stacy Gallin, D.M.H., director of the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust at Misericordia University. "The goal is to use this program to begin an ongoing conversation within the community about addiction and recovery that will include recurring programs each year targeting different audiences."

"Addiction is a growing problem throughout the country. Everyone in our community knows someone who is affected," added Carly Ellman, M.S.W., assistant professor of social work. "The importance of approaching addiction treatment and recovery from a human dignity perspective is something we all need to learn about."

Founded in 2017, the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust is the only academic center of its kind in the U.S. It fosters a deeper understanding of medical practices and their ethical ramifications, set against the backdrop of the Holocaust, and builds on the teachings offered in Misericordia University's Medical and Health Humanities Program.

Ricardo Horn, L.M.S.W.

For more information about the Center for Human Dignity, please contact Dr. Gallin at or visit For additional information about the Department of Social Work, please go to, or contact Susan McDonald, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.C.W., chair, Department of Social Work, at, 570-674-6212.

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