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"Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence: A Silent Yet Devastating Healthcare Problem"

6:00 pm to 9:15 pm   (3 CEU's)

This workshop will examine the intimate relationship between substance abuse and domestic violence, its impact on the family and the difference addiction counselors can make when the needs of victims and perpetrators are addressed. In addition, it will examine the dynamics, liabilities and interventions required to successfully help employees living with domestic violence.

Participants interested in attending this workshop must select it on the registration form and pay the evening workshop registration fee. If participants choose to attend the entire day or other days in addition to this workshop, all registration fees apply.


Laura Garcia, MAAPS, CADC, PES is the Director of Clinical Programs for the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Chicago, Illinois. Her work experience includes working with men and woman living with a substance use and/or mental health disorder, and counseling children who experienced domestic violence and sexual abuse. She has worked for DHS/DASA, as a Substance Abuse Program Monitor and inspected providers statewide. She holds a Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies from DePaul University and is a certified Parenting Education and Support Instructor. She has completed the forty-hour Domestic Violence training and forty-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training. She is currently a student at Governor State University, working on a second Master of Arts in Counseling, her LPC, and is an ICB Board Member.

Yvette Medina, MS, LPC, CADC has worked in the social service field for approximately fifteen years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling with a focus in addictions. She is a Doctoral Candidate at Capella University in Educational Psychology with emphasis on advanced studies in Human Behavior and Adult and Aging. She has worked for the Salvation Army for the past five years, primarily within Homeless Services and currently in the Inpatient Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Unit.