Looking Forward as Families Address Recovery from the Chaos
As the treatment field for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) addresses family involvement in SUD’s services, looking at the family's future is important especially with past pandemic issues. Whether the outcome of a loved one is a recovery journey, incarceration, or sadness, death, the families often feel grief and frustrated and battle with the next move. Even if family members have participated in treatment services, they may have unrealistic expectations of the future. Without educational and emotional support for the family, it is often difficult for families to move forward. When working with families it is important to understand the grief and resilience process involved with healthy outcomes. The workshop will provide an awareness of the chaos/resilience research and the strategies that assist families in moving forward.
Nancy J. Phillips, M.S. – PSY, CAADC, CFPP, currently serves as the coordinator for the Illinois Family Resource Center, a statewide project. She has been active in the substance abuse field for over forty years in both prevention and treatment services. Phillips holds a Educational Psychology Master’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University. Phillips was honored as Professional of the Year in 2018 by the Illinois Certification Board, Inc. During her years in the SUD field, she has developed and trained human service providers throughout the states.