Becky Georgi, MS, LPC, LCAS, CCS
Education and Experience
Prior to focusing her efforts in education, Becky worked as the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program Director at Duke University’s Addictions Program, where she maintains a faculty position. In this capacity, she developed an intensive outpatient program and treatment model that became nationally recognized. She was one of the first outpatient directors to successfully incorporate smoking cessation within an adolescent substance abusing patient population at Duke. Previously, she worked in outpatient and inpatient settings including Charter Behavioral Health, South Bend, Indiana, as a program director of adolescent services.
In an effort to combine the knowledge of science and education, Becky focused her work with evidence-based research on adolescent alcohol and drug use and adolescent substance abuse treatment. She developed education and prevention efforts aimed at helping teens, families, and communities navigate the hurdles of adolescence and keep healthy brain development on track. She contributed to several projects and published papers promoting healthy adolescent development with Aaron White, PhD while he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Medical Psychology, at Duke University Medical Center. The topics of these articles include marijuana and the adolescent brain and communication between parents and students about substance use.
For the past twelve years, Becky was responsible for the wellness programming at Durham Academy, where she worked with the entire school community. As the chair of the Wellness Committee, she promoted awareness, education, and prevention in the areas of substance abuse, eating disorders, relational aggression, and sexual misconduct. She focused efforts on promoting healthy relationships within the educational community. In collaboration with Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD), Becky designed and launched a non-disciplinary, self-disclosure, student assistance program at Durham Academy that has proven very effective. Becky also created and implemented an excellent model for the Peer Education program, which is a school-based prevention program designed to promote student health, resiliency, and safety through peer mentoring. In addition to these prevention and intervention efforts, she provided individual counseling for upper school students and implemented educational plans for students with learning differences.
Areas of Specialty & Interest
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