Want to learn strategies to support a loved one who may be struggling with substance misuse, while still maintaining your own emotional wellness? In this interactive and personal session, participants will increase their knowledge and understanding of substance use/misuse as well as how to proactively support a loved one who may be struggling.

**Note: We hope to hold the 11/5 event in-person at Leonard Sandridge Auditorium, if University circumstances allow in-person events by that time. Registration for the event is through Zoom. If you register for the 11/5 event and the University allows in-person events by 11/1, your registration will be transferred to Eventbrite for the in-person event.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn and understand the signs and symptoms of someone who may be misusing substances.
  2. Participants will learn how to proactively support someone who may be mis-using substances.
  3. Participants will learn the difference between enabling versus supporting.
  4. Participants will increase their knowledge of available resources for someone struggling with substance misuse.

About the Presenter

Ms. McLaughlin holds a Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling with a specialty in deafness from Gallaudet University. She has worked in a variety of community mental health settings including several Community Services Boards (CSBs) providing mental health and substance use/misuse services. Ms. McLaughlin most recently worked at the Region Ten Community Services Board from 2007-2020 providing a variety of mental health and substance use services that included comprehensive assessments, individual therapy, group therapy, emergency services, crisis intervention, and most recently as the Program Manager of Region Ten’s Access and Adult Clinical Services team. Ms. McLaughlin uses a strengths-based, solution-focused approach. Ms. McLaughlin is passionate about self-care and eldercare.