ABOUT Bill Beacham, Ph.D.

Bill Beacham, Ph.D. (Univ. of Oxford) is Executive Director of the Center for Drug-Free Communities since 1988, specializing in Treatment of Addictive Disorders and Training in the areas of Drug-Free Schools. He is California Board (BBS) Certified.

He is the former Director of Training/Clinical Services for CareUnit Hospitals where he trained addiction specialists, educators, parents, law enforcement and mental health workers in substance abuse prevention and intervention. He specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults with chemical dependency/psychiatric disorders.

He was a psychologist, teacher and coach in the public schools for 13-years and worked with the National Institute of Mental Health for 4-years in the area of race relations.

Bill is the co-author of the book What Did You Learn in School Today? and has contributed to several other books, including the Major League Baseball Player Association's It's OK to Say No to Drugs and It's OK to Say No to Drugs: A Parent Child Manual for the Protection of Children. He also contributed to Project Self-Esteem and the book “That They Might Live”. Author of “SAFE” Substance Abuse For Educators Manual.

He has been the keynote speaker at many local, state & national conventions, including the “International Drug and Alcohol Conference”, the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) “Drugs and Today's Athlete” Conference, the “National Student Assistance Conference” and the “National DARE Officers Association” Conference.

Bill has been a writer/technical advisor for four movies. One Too Many, a movie about teenage drinking, aired on ABC. Shattered: If Your Kid's on Drugs, a video staring Burt Reynolds. My Kid's Driving Me Crazy, a parenting film, video Dare to Care stars Edward James Olmos. Bill is the creator/presenter of the McGraw-Hill series The Drug-Free Family & The Drug-Free Workplace, “Building Bridges” program for the U.S. Dept. of Education & just released DVD”Why Our Kids Are Getting Sicker-Quicker”.

Bill is the founder of Peer Assistance Leadership (PAL®) Camp, a 3-5 day peer helping training program for young people. The focus is on peer assistance as it relates to resiliency skills, asset building, violence prevention, conflict resolution, and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention/intervention strategies. (4-8 Camps/year since 1985)

He’s been with the LAPD/DARE program since its inception in 1983 and the US Olympic Committee. Bill has conducted workshops with many dignitaries including former President Bush, the White House staff and testified at Congressional Hearings.

  •     Recipient-California ”Leadership Tomorrow” - Community Leadership Award

  •     Orange County Dept. of Education – Legacy Award

  •     National “Ambassador of Peace” Award 2011

  •     Sierra-Tucson 2011 “Gratitude for Giving” Prevention/Treatment Award