CRYSTAL LAKE – The 22nd Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council will host a symposium on “Substance Abuse and Family Violence: A Multi-Disciplinary Community Response" from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Luecht Conference Center at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14.
The program aims to develop a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach to substance abuse and family violence where it is recognized that one often leads to the other, both for the victim and the perpetrator.
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.
Larry Bennett, a professor at Jane Addams School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, will present “Substance Misuse and Partner Violence: What We Know and What We are Doing.” The second speaker is Lori Crowder, executive director of Alliance of Local Service Organizations in Chicago, will present “Complex Lives in Context: Working at the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Community Violence, and Substance Abuse.”
The event also will feature four informative breakout sessions on related topics.
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 costs $15 admission and is open to the public. Continental breakfast and lunch is included.
To register, contact the Shah Center at 815-455-8593 or email email@example.com. For information, contact Bev Thomas at 815-479-7792 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.