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Pandemic Stress Overload: How to Help Families Cope

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Let's Talk - A Professional Development Webinar Series

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on family life—stretching the coping skills of family members, compounding stress for otherwise healthy kids and parents and leading to increased conflict. Stress is also a known risk factor for both adolescent and adult alcohol/drug misuse and addiction. Join our panel of addiction and prevention experts to identify risk and protective factors for families experiencing excessive stress and determine effective coping and parenting skills to help “re-regulate” family health and resilience.

- Understand how parental views on teen substance use shape adolescent risk and protective factors
- Recognize how adult substance use impacts kids and what kids who live with adult use/misuse/active addiction can do to stay healthy
- Learn why kids’ behaviors may be worse due to pandemic-induced cancelling of school, sports and social activities
- Identify strategies parents can use to cope with stress and react to kids’ behaviors in healthy ways

Quyen Ngo, Kate Gliske, Desirae Vasquez, Deirdre Flynn

Quyen Ngo
Dr. Quyen Ngo leads research activities at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as the executive director of the Butler Center for Research. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology and women's studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship. Over the past eight years, Dr. Ngo has conducted grant-funded research on the role of substance use in intimate partner violence and technology-enhanced brief interventions for substance use disorders.

Kate Gliske
Kate Gliske, PhD, is a research scientist with the Butler Center for Research, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Dr. Gliske holds a masters in counseling psychology and a doctorate in family social science, where she was additionally trained as a prevention scientist. She has worked on a wide variety of research projects over the last 15 years. Her research interests include studying the benefits of preventive parenting programs for families undergoing stress and the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices for addiction that target the entire family system.

Desirae Vasquez
As a public health professional, Desirae Vasquez has worked with interdisciplinary teams to address complex challenges including youth homelessness, emergency preparedness and mental health parity. At FCD Prevention Works, Vasquez focuses on developing specialized substance misuse prevention training and programming for K-12 school communities worldwide. She holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MBA from Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Deirdre Flynn
With a background as a K-12 teacher and youth sports coach, Deirdre Flynn joined FCD Prevention Works as a prevention specialist in 2012 and now serves as the organization’s interim manager of field operations. She enjoys working with students, parents, school faculty and administrators. Flynn holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.

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Date & Time: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 1:30 pm

Box 11, Center City, MN