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Thursday, May 23 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
4A: The Ink & Drink Crowd

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Research indicates a distinct association between alcohol use/abuse and tattoo acquisition. Some of the literature also suggests that tattoo acquisition can serve as a window into the psyche. This workshop will explore both of these domains with a focus on tattoos that serve as emotional restoration within a defined population of individuals who have identified as former victims of bullying. After attending the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Identify three basic reasons people get tattoos,
  2. Identify potential associations between tattoo acquisition and emotional well-being, and 
  3. Understand the potential association between inking and drinking.

This workshop will be presented in a lecture/discussion format which encourages active participation. We will seek to answer questions such as “Who gets tattoos?” “Why do people get tattoos?” and “Is there a connection between people getting tattoos and high risk behaviors?” Additionally, the presenter will share an overview of his current research project entitled:“The Inkblot Project.”

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Ray A. White, Ed.S. LPC/MHSP/AS, NCC, ACS

Licensed Clinical Counselor, Walters State Community College
Ray A. White, Ed.S. LPC/MHSP/AS, NCC, ACS is licensed by the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselorwith both Mental Health Service Provider, and Approved Supervisor designations. Additionally he is credentialed as a National Certified Counselor (NBCC) and an Approved... Read More →