Family Violence symposium on substance abuse planned at MCC

Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 11:17 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The 22nd Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council, in cooperation with McHenry County College, will host “Substance Abuse and Family Violence: A Multi-Disciplinary Community Response,” a symposium from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25.

The event will be in the Luecht Conference Center at the college, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

The program aims to develop a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to substance abuse and family violence that is needed to help the victims. The event is intended for judges, attorneys, teachers, health care providers, probation officers, law enforcement, social workers, counselors, clergy and anyone who responds to the needs of family violence victims, their families and the prosecution and sentencing of those committing the crime.

Two nationally known keynote speakers will address the relationship between family violence and substance abuse on the part of the victim and/or offender. They will examine questions such as: How does substance abuse perpetuate the crime and what is the effect of trauma and substance abuse in the context of domestic violence?

The speakers are Larry Bennett, a professor at Jane Addams School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, who will present “Substance Misuse and Partner Violence: What We Know and What We are Doing”; and Lori Crowder, executive director of Alliance of Local Service Organizations in Chicago. She will present “Complex Lives in Context: Working at the intersection of domestic violence, community violence and substance abuse.”

The event will feature four breakout sessions on related topics: Assessment, Treatment and Collaboration Brings Better Outcomes for Clients; Men’s Issues; Domestic Violence Court in the 22nd Judicial Circuit; and Teens, Alcohol and Violence. 

The program is made possible with funding by Rosecrance Health Network, Gateway Foundation Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Direct Counseling Inc., McHenry County Regional Office of Education and McHenry County College.

The program is open to the public and costs $15 a person. Continental breakfast and lunch is included. Continuing education units and five minimum continuing legal education credits will be provided.

To register, call the Shah Center at 815-455-8593 or email shahcenter@mchenry.edu. For information, call Bev Thomas at 815-479-7792 or email her at bthomas@mchenry.edu.

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