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2024 Professional Webinar: Blunt Force: The Trauma of Substance Use Disorders

Presented by Michael McGowan

Date: Feb 22, 2024

Time: 12pm – 1:30pm Central Time

Every four minutes someone in the United States dies from an overdose or alcohol related cause. An individuals drug abuse and addiction impacts a family and community like a sledgehammer, breaking the individual components into pieces. This talk will focus on how substance use disorders affect the family, individual and community and what can be done to put the pieces back together.

As a result of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Understand the physical, emotional, and psychological impact of addiction
  2. Understand the impact of addiction on parenting and the family system
  3. Gain an understanding of current drugs of abuse
  4. Gain an awareness of how our own bias and attitude toward addiction
  5. Learn specific strategies to effectively engage, interact, and communicate with family with addiction issues

NACC Certification Competencies Addressed in this Webinar


Presenter Information

Mike McGowan headshotMichael McGowan is President of McGowan and Associates, a training and consultation firm specializing in school, workplace and family issues.  He works with schools, helping agencies, companies, parent groups, and students as a trainer, consultant and motivational speaker.

Mr. McGowan has spent the last twenty-five years working with families and children.  He worked as an educator, a family counselor, an addiction counselor, an administrator and trainer.  He has directed state certified training programs and rehabilitation programs.  During the last twenty years he has given presentations to tens of thousands of school children and staff each year and has trained thousands of teachers, coaches and parents in hundreds of school districts across the country.

Additionally, he has worked with social service agencies, the department of corrections, professional athletes and teams from the NFL and MLB, and dozens of private companies as a trainer and consultant.  He is host of the national podcast, “Avoiding the Addiction Affliction” and his experience also includes numerous published articles and guest appearances on radio and television.  Mr. McGowan is a renowned speaker whose presentations are personal and inspirational.