October 28, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, APR
GAMBLING AND ADDICTIONS –
AN ASIAN PERSPECTIVE –
COMING TO CLARK’S MENTAL HEALTH MONDAYS SERIES
The college will welcome author and educator Dr. Bounsang Khamkeo on Monday, Nov. 16
VANCOUVER, Wash. – According to the Los Angeles Times, in a 1999 survey in San Francisco’s Chinatown, which was commissioned by a social service agency, 70% of those responding cited gambling as the top problem in their community.
According to the Web site www.asian-nation.org, the UCLA Gambling Studies Program planned to conduct an Asian gambling study. The Web site noted, “In Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Korean and Cambodian communities, social workers and leaders are pressuring gaming officials and state legislators to recognize a hidden epidemic.”
On Monday, Nov. 16, an Asian perspective on gambling and addictions will be the focus of Clark College’s “Mental Health Mondays” presentation. The discussion will be led by Bounsang Khamkeo, PhD, a behavioral health counselor at the OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing. Dr. Khamkeo is an addictions treatment expert and offers behavioral health counseling in Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Haka), Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, French and English.
Dr. Khamkeo grew up in Laos but left at the age of 17 to study in France. Thirteen years later, in 1973, he returned to his homeland and was imprisoned. “I Little Slave” is an account of his seven-year struggle in prison to stay alive and keep sane in spite of harsh physical privation and endless psychological abuse. Dr. Bounsang Khamkeo is a human rights advocate who frequently speaks to students in political science, history, and psychology programs as well as residents who are pursuing psychiatry studies.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, Nov. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Penguin Student Lounge, located in the college’s Penguin Union Building. Clark College’s main campus is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Maps and parking directions are available at www.clark.edu/maps.
Two additional “Mental Health Mondays” events will be held in November. On Nov. 23, Kathleen Waldron, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, will discuss eating disorders. Waldron is a licensed professional counselor with more than 20 years of community college experience.
On Nov. 30, Judy VanPatten, LMHC will focus on “Coping with the Holidays.” VanPatten is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a professor at Clark College.
The “Mental Health Mondays” sessions are sponsored by the Clark College Counseling Center. For additional information, call 360-992-2902.