Symposium to Address Substance Abuse and Violence

domestic violenceJoin representatives of Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment on Friday, October 25 for The Substance Abuse and Family Violence Symposium presented by 22nd Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council in partnership with McHenry County College. The all-day symposium kicks off at 8:15 a.m. at Luecht Conference Center at McHenry Community College.

 Experts will analyze the effects of substance abuse on family violence, crime and the effects of trauma and substance use in context of domestic violence. Attendees will explore critical topics in breakout sessions and hear two nationally known keynote speakers and some of the state’s leading experts on substance abuse and family violence.

 Keynote Speakers:

  • Substance Misuse and Partner Violence: What We Know and What We Are Doing by Larry Bennett, Ph.D., LCSW, Professor at Jane Addams School of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Understanding Trauma and Substance Use in the Context of Domestic Violence by Patricia Bland, MA, CDP, Director of Substance Abuse Training and Technical Assistance, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health

Made possible through the generous donations of Gateway Foundation, Direct Counseling and McHenry County Regional Office of Education, the symposium also will touch on: substance abuse assessments and treatment for better outcomes; substance abuse issues specific to men; and teens, alcohol and violence. To register, please contact the Shah Center at (815) 455-8593 or email


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