Past Events


Conversations That Count (CTC’s)- Tuesday 4/14, 11-12:30pm, 

Grace Church Basement

Topics to be covered include: laws surrounding underage drinking and drug use, social hosting laws, clarification on the DSHS Chemical Health Policy and strategies for a safe Prom and Graduation season.  Our guest speakers include Chief McGowan and Officer Grabert from Dover Police and Detective Godinho from Sherborn Police as well as John Smith from DSHS.  This should be announced in the next DSHS email blast.


Transitioning to College – April 8th , 7pm

Lindquist Commons for all parents of DS Seniors

DSHS Guidance and SPAN-DS

Please join us on Wednesday April 8th at 7 pm in Lindquist Commons for our fourth annual Transitioning to College Night co-sponsored by DS Guidance.  Our speakers will be Janice Kassman, former Dean of Students Colby College, Becky Krier, current HS teacher and former RA at Holy Cross and Bev Madden as parent of two college students.

Internet Safety Night- Thursday, 2/12, 6:30-8:30pm, Mudge Auditorium, DSHS

Hosted by the Dover Police and DSMS Sandra Sammarco


Chemical Health Night- Monday 3/9, 7-8:30m, Mudge Auditorium, DSHS

Speaker- Dr. Kevin Hill, McLean Hospital


Wed., 10/15, Mudge Auditorium, 7pm-

 Marisa M. Silveri , PHD Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Director, Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health Brain Imaging Center, McLean Hospital

Watch Video with Dr. Silveri.

Dr. Silveri has been studying the adolescent brain for the past 15 years, and currently receives federal funding from the National Institutes of Health to use MRI to study teen brain development, with a focus on identifying behavioral features of adolescence, increased risk taking, poor decision-making, impulsivity and reduced frontal lobe function, which overlap with features observed in substance abuse and psychiatric illness. Dr. Silveri uses MRI to characterize healthy adolescent brain development, as well as neurobiological effects of early drug and alcohol use, in an effort to identify risk factors for later substance abuse and dependence, as well as factors that may contribute to the onset of psychiatric illness.

Dr. Silveri is the recipient of the Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism and has authored over 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications. She has spoken extensively on the topic of adolescent brain development and the effects of alcohol and drug use on brain function within her local communities, nationally on behalf of the non-profit organization, the Community of Concern, and nationally and internationally at professional scientific meetings. Recently, Dr. Silveri participated in a debate on the lowering of the Minimum Legal Drinking Age with the founder of the Amethyst Initiative, in which she proposed a neuroscientific perspective that argues against lowering the drinking age.

Dr. Silveri received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Union College in 1995, and a Masters degree in 1998 and a PhD in 2000 in Behavioral Neuroscience from the State University of New York at Binghamton.


Transitioning to College:

Held for three consecutive years. Panel Discussion for DS parents/guardians of HS Juniors and Seniors who will soon be making the transition away from home.

Speakers have included: Janice Kassman, Former Dean of Students Colby College Becky Krier, Former RA, College of the Holy Cross, Yale University, MA Bev Madden, DS Parent Dr. Richard Kadison, Chief of Mental Health Services, Harvard University Dr. Xiaolu Hsi, Neuropsychologist and Psychologist, Mental Health Services, MIT Amy DiSanto, DS Parent Educational Evenings for Parents The Truth About Alcohol, Social Hosting Laws The Truth About Drugs “notMYkid” Understanding the MetroWest Adolescent Survey Marijuana Educational Evening

Coversations That Count:
CTC’s are held throughout the year for parents of High School, Middle School and Elementary age children. Speakers: Since 2011 Bill Phillips, New Beginnings I AM DIRT, John Morello James Binnall Chris Herren, Hoop Dreams Michael Haines – Social Norming Expert Asst District Attorney – Middlesex Asst District Attorney – Norfolk Dover and Sherborn Police Marisa Silveri, PhD, Harvard Medical School


SPAN-DS seeks to prevent and decrease substance abuse in our communities, especially among youth. To that end we help build networks among parents, students, and other individuals that will:
  • Heighten awareness
  • Promote responsible behaviors
  • Encourage strong support systems


If you would like to make a donation, you may write a check payable to SPAN-DS and mail it to PO Box 40, Dover, MA 02030 or pay with your credit card via the donation link below. SPAN-DS is a 501c3 organization and donations are tax deductible in accordance with applicable laws.
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