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ASAP-Act, Support, Alcohol, Prevention, for youth

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"How to Talk with Your Children about Alcohol"

“There is no responsible alcohol consumption in minors,” explained psychologist Gerardo Talamo, Ph.D., M.Ed., during a workshop for parents entitled, "How to Talk with Your Children about Alcohol," which was organized by ASAP on Saturday, August 25, in Coral Gables, Florida.

Dr. Talamo, who is an expert in alcohol abuse prevention, met with more than a dozen parents for four hours to explore ways of communicating with their children the importance of avoiding the consumption of alcohol at an early age.

Adelmary Salgueiro, a consultant in Human Management, Training and Learning, also participated in the workshop and explained a method that incorporates attitude, modeling, trust, and effective communication, as parents have ongoing discussions about this important topic with their children. Participants were also led through exercises using the tools of “mindfulness,” designed to help parents listen carefully to what their children are saying without judging them.

During this workshop the behavior of adolescents, the reasons why they consume alcohol, and the factors that affect lower or higher consumption were also examined. Dr. Talamo explained that the part of the brain dedicated to pleasure develops long before the part of the brain dedicated to judgment. "That's why young people are like racing cars with bicycle brakes.” Consequently, it is even more important for parents to reinforce avoiding alcohol consumption with their children.

Finally, Dr Talamo explained what parents could to to help their children avoid alcohol consumption.

First, they should support resilience as a personal resourse to strengthen positive decisions during adolescence. Second, parents must understand and model the concept of responsible consumption.


Parents who attended found this experience helpful.
Angela Saldarriaga, one of the participants and mother of two teenagers, said, “I love the compilation of information; it is worth reinforcing knowledge.”

"I found the content of the workshop excellent," said Margarita Peralta-Tuckey, mother of a young child and a teenager. "What surprised me the most was learning that they have found a correlation between alcohol and prostate and breast cancer," she said. "When I was growing up in Colombia, I learned about drugs, but not so much about alcohol."

As a result of this workshop, parents who attended will have the information necessary to talk with their children knowledgeably and confidently about this important topic.



Visits to rehabilitation clinics in Nicaragua
Visits to rehabilitation clinics in Nicaragua

After a successful symposium, we continue spreading education on prevention of alcohol among youth. With Dr. Gerardo Tálamo, we have created several talks specially for  parents to educate and inform them the danger of alcohol consumption  among kids and teenagers, and soon, a workshop by Doctor Tálamo . Dr Tálamo with a Master of Education (Columbia University, New York) Doctor of Philosophy (Stanford University, California) has written a book, How to Talk to your Kids about Alcohol. 

Also, in the near future, our most anticipated Symposium in Miami, Florida with guest speakers and panelists specialized in the field of alcohol prevention. We will keep you informed. Thank you for your continuous support to this amazing project.

Valentina Beauchamp and Dr. Stadthagen
Valentina Beauchamp and Dr. Stadthagen
Article from LA PRENSA
Article from LA PRENSA

Our First Symposium in Nicaragua was a success! More than 300 people attended. The symposium had a group of panelists who shared their expertise in the prevention of alcohol use among youth.  The Symposium was the first collaboration between ASAP for youth and FIU-BRIDGE. The panelists engaged the audience in a discussion that included the risks of alcohol consumption among youth and the physical, psychological, and social consequences. 

David Stadthagen, director of Centro de Especialidades en Adicciones ( in Nicaragua, confirmed that the number of kids between the age of 13 and 18 years old that are seeking help with rehabilitation is increasing. 

Doctor Greylin Rojas, Clinical Psychiatrist, explained during her participation in the conference that many teens who suffer from depression and anxiety are at greater risk for developing an alcohol problem. She emphasized the importance of parents' attention to their adolescent's behaviors.

Dr. Francisco Landero from ICAD ( talked about the programs ICAD is offering. ICAD focus on training other organizations on prevention, treatments and rehabilitation to persons with alcohol related problems and their families. 

Dr. Wagner talked about the danger of binge drinking. Consuming alcohol in large amounts or using alcohol frequently can cause neurological damage. It can affect attention spam, concentration, and the ability to understand and use information. This occurs because the brain is in a critical developmental stage, and the damage that is done to the nerve tissue at this stage can be permanent. Dr. Ulises, an ER doctor and panelist agreed with Dr. Wagner and spoke about the increasing number of accidents among adolescents (car accidents and alcohol intoxications to mention some)

Dr. Eric Wagner said it is very important for parents to be able to communicate openly and effectively with their children.

"Parents are their child's strongest role model. Let your child know that you are open to a conversation about alcohol with them and that you want to hear their thoughts. Nurturing your child by recognizing their strengths and interests and providing them with support in the areas where they need it can help them to build positive self-esteem. Provide them with opportunities to practice skills that make them feel competent and capable".  

ASAP for youth Junior Volunteer Captain, Valentina Beauchamp, gave a wonderful speech about her own experience as a teenager. She says Miami life has urged her to grow up very quickly, and even though she was not pressured to drink, it is still natural for a teenager to live these experiences. Valentina said "Luckily for me I set myself up with a good group of friends. Also, I am lucky to be born in a time when more education is rising about the dangers of under-age drinking. We are more informed and I have the privilege to receive this knowledge. With ASAP, and luckily with the help of you all, we can spread this knowledge and even save lives! She emphasized the importance of supporting each other as a community, with education as the key.

With ASAP's help we can prevent dangers that result from underage drinking.

Please see the attachments and photos with articles from the symposium and visits to schools with Doctor Eric Wagner.  Stay tuned for more information about our visits to rehabilitation centers in Nicaragua and how they are helping the community.

Thank you very much for your support! We couldn't have done it without YOU!

Dir.of ASAP doing Q&A w/ Dr Wagner at St.Augustine
Dir.of ASAP doing Q&A w/ Dr Wagner at St.Augustine
Visit to St. Augustine Preparatory School
Visit to St. Augustine Preparatory School
Valentina Beauchamp,ASAP Jr. Captain w/ Dr. Wagner
Valentina Beauchamp,ASAP Jr. Captain w/ Dr. Wagner
Valentina Beauchamp at Lincoln School
Valentina Beauchamp at Lincoln School
Juan Manuel Caldera (panelist)
Juan Manuel Caldera (panelist)
Lincoln students attended a talk by Dr.Wagner
Lincoln students attended a talk by Dr.Wagner
David Stadthagen, Director of CEA (panelist)
David Stadthagen, Director of CEA (panelist)
Dr. Greylin A. Rojas from CEA (panelist)
Dr. Greylin A. Rojas from CEA (panelist)


Dr Eric F. Wagner - Main Speaker
Dr Eric F. Wagner - Main Speaker
This report aims to give information to our supporters regarding the important details from our first symposium taken place in Managua, Nicaragua.
Date: January 29, 2018
Place: Holiday Inn Convention Center, Managua
Our Guest of Honor and Main Speaker:
Dr. Eric F. Wagner is a Professor in the Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University, where he directs FIU-BRIDGE. Dr. Wagner earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, and is a licensed psychologist in the State of Florida and Rhode Island.
Assisting Dr. Wagner, Ana Maria Rodriguez, M.S.  Project Coordinator FIU-BRIDGE
Guest Speakers (panelists)
Juan Manuel Caldera May, member of the Board of Directors of CEA and co-founder of CEA (Centro de Especialidades en Adicciones) 
Marcos Landeros, executive director ICAD (Instituto contra el Alcoholismo y Drogadicción)  
Greylin Araceli Rojas Bermudez, M.D. clinical director of CEA 
David Stadthagen González, executive director of CEA member of the Board of Directors of CEA 
Marco Ulises Fonseca Laguna, M.D. emergency specialist at Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas
Junior Panelist: Valentina Beauchamp, ASAP for youth junior captain
Presenting: Monique Belli Beauchamp, Director and Founder of ASAP for youth, a main project by BCF
Presenting: Licenciada Fiorella Castro, Mi Casita Clinic

Our SPECIAL thanks to Licenciada Fiorella Castro (Mi Casita Clinic)  for her volunteer support as the main coordinator in Nicaragua.

Lincoln International Academy (LIA)  
St. Augustine Preparatoy School
Padres Unidos - American Nicaraguan School  (ANS)
Special thanks to Marie Guma-Diaz for her support. Mrs.Guma-Diaz is an advisor to BCF and Volunteer Captain for ASAP for youth
Our Main Speaker , Doctor Eric Wagner, FIU BRIDGE
Our Main Speaker , Doctor Eric Wagner, FIU BRIDGE

ASAP is proud to present our First  Symposium which will take place in Managua Nicaragua.  The Symposium will be directed by our main speaker and guest of honor Doctor Eric F Wagner. Doctor Eric Wagner is a Professor in the Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International Univeristy, where he directs FIU-BRIDGE.  Doctor Wagner earned his PH.D. in clinical Psychology form the University of Pittsburg, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, and is a licenced psychologist in the State of Florida and Rhode Island. Dr. Wagner's interests are in the areas of adolescent substance abuse, the empirical evaluation of community-based psychotherapeutic intervention, and developing and testing developmentally sensitive interventions for minority teens.

The symposium will have 5 panelists joining Doctor Wagner. All the panelists invited to attend are professionals in the field related (in some way or another) to the prevention and treatments of alcohol abuse.  The main theme will be to facilitate information on addiction to alcohol, highlight the importance parents are in the prevention of alcohol consumption among their kids.

Adolescents who know their parents' opinions about youth drinking are more likely to fall in line with their expectations.

Working with the community to promote dialogue about underage drinking and the creation and implementation of action steps to address it. 


Panelists: Psychiatrist with specialization on alcohol and drug addiction

                ER doctor from public hospitals in Nicaragua

                Director of CEA - Alcohol Treatment & Rehab Center (private)

                Director of  ICAD - Alcohol Treatment & Rehab Center (public)

                BCF Director together with Junior members of ASAP for youth will present the speakers

                Victim on rehabilitation (his experiences and stories)

                Our Main speaker, Doctor Wagner.


Place:  Olof Palme , Managua Nicaragua

Time: 6:p.m.

Attending: Parents and older teeangers 


ASAP for youth is being invited to attend a mini symposium at 2 schools during our visit to Managua. School of St. Agustin and Lincoln School will be participating. Doctor Wagner will be speaking to younger kids about the prevention of alcohol among youth.



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Beauchamp Charity Foundation

Location: Coral Gables, FL - USA
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Coral Gables, FL United States
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