Many people can trace patterns of addiction, trauma, dark secrets, and drug-related fatalities in their families back through four or five generations. In this presentation, you will learn prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies to help break these intergenerational patterns. We will discuss the roles of prevention specialists, therapists, providers, trauma specialists, persons in recovery, families, and entire communities in breaking these patterns. Other topics include fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as a risk factor, how to create a healing forest to help break intergenerational patterns, and a discussion of the entire community as the prevention and recovery center.
- Six risk factors for intergenerational patterns of addiction in families.
- The role of prevention specialists, therapists, trauma specialists, and behavioral health specialists in breaking intergenerational patterns.
- The roles of persons in recovery and families in breaking intergenerational patterns.
- The unique risks for children of substance-using parents.
- The impact of siblings on the intergenerational transmission of addiction and prevention strategies.
Presenter: Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC
Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is the Illinois state project manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC and PTTC. Mark is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean and British Islands.
Mark is co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois. He is past president of the board of the Illinois Chapter of NAADAC. He has had a 30-year career as a university educator having taught at the University of Chicago, Illinois State University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work.
Mark is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients Multiple Addictions and Disorders, Recovery Management: and Relationship Detox: Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships in Recovery. He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling books series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Mark has been a certified addictions counselor for 34 years. He has received numerous awards including a Life Time Achievement Award from the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the Social Work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago Alumni.