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Timothy J. Silvestri


Lafayette College

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Lafayette College

730 High St

Easton, Pennsylvania,18042

United States

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Employment History

Adjunct Professor

Muhlenberg College

Private Practice

Bethlehem, PA


Palisades School District

Board Member



Muhlenberg College


Counseling Psychology

Lehigh University

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Dr. Tim Silvestri
Assistant Director and Coordinator of the Lafayette College Counseling Center 610-330-5005 [cached]

Dr. Tim Silvestri, Asst. Director of Drug and Alcohol Services at Lafayette College, will be previewing his "Straight Shots" presentation for parents on Monday, May 12th at 7 PM in the PHS Library - students are welcome also.Tim will talk about the effects of alcohol on the teenage brain, how athletic performance is affected by alcohol, and among other issues, what we can do to keep our teens safe.

Kevin Worthen, Karen Forbes and Tim Silvestri, Lafayette College

Dr. Timothy Silvestri, the coordinator of drug and alcohol services at Lafayette College in Easton, conceded that a lot of popular anti-drinking strategies don't work.But he said experience has proven a number of ways that turn minors away from drinking. Sticking with the facts and approaching young people one-on-one are among them. "We can no longer say this is a complex problem with no easy solutions, in my opinion," Silvestri said. "We have the ways to achieve success. We just have to implement them." > > Silvestri gave a continuing-education workshop Wednesday for professional counselors and therapists at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.He spoke on "Best Practices to Reduce High-Risk Behaviors" in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute, known as MARTI.For the record, Silvestri said, putting up a poster that says "Just Say No" doesn't work, when it's the only strategy used."Challenging positive expectations," is one that works, Silvestri said.That's getting an abuser to honestly reflect on whether getting drunk felt good.Another is asserting the true norm.The conventional wisdom that "all students drink" and "kids will be kids" aren't the norms, Silvestri said."We're talking about maybe a quarter to one-third who are high risk, problematic," Silvestri said."They're a loud group and they make a lot of trouble for folks.But the vast majority of college students don't drink a ton or drink at all."A teacher, who flippantly suggests to a classroom full of sluggish students on a Monday morning that they "must be hung over from the weekend," doesn't help the cause, he said.Silvestri offered a dramatic strategy in his lecture - a series of PowerPoint slides that color-code the sections of the brain affected step by step during a session of binge drinking."At this point you're like a squirrel out running through the park," Silvestri said.Convincing youths to stay sober - or giddy, at worst - requires a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic sources of motivation, Silvestri said.The intrinsic ones are minors' evaluating their expectations of alcohol, or becoming "media literate" and recognizing the subconscious effects of advertising and pop culture.Extrinsic motivations are the consequences of young drinkers' experiences."A letter home to their parents.Probation at the college, things like that," Silvestri said.

Timothy J. Silvestri, staff psychologist and coordinator of drug and alcohol services at Lafayette College, shared that and other alcohol facts with students from area SADD -- Students Against Destructive Decisions -- chapters at a regional DUI task force teen conference at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. > Silvestri said alcohol first depresses the frontal lobe of the brain.This means a person is one to three drinks from death, Silvestri said. "Blackout is a lot scarier than you personally think it is," he said. Balance centers shut down at 0.35 percent, and sleep and arousal centers shut down at 0.40 percent, Silvestri said.Silvestri said if a friend passes out from alcohol, it is not a good idea to let the friend "sleep it off."If someone is unresponsive, he said, seek medical attention.If the person is responsive, lie him on his side, with his head on his arm, check on him every 15 to 30 minutes and listen for breathing, he said.So if alcohol is dangerous, Silvestri said, why do people drink?People believe they will have positive experiences, he explained.Alcohol is assumed to break the ice, lead to more fun and facilitate sexual relationships and bonding with friends.He said advertising feeds these positive expectations. "There's folks fighting very hard to make sure some of you are going to drink a lot," he said.

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