This “Conversation Forum” consisted of two parts:
Session I: Warning Signs of Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction.
Guests watched an H-H-produced video clip that dramatized a mother trying to wake her teenage son for school, only to find suspicious items in his room. Several warning signs are represented in the clip, which were discussed following the viewing. After a break, guests watched a second clip which was published by “The Partnership at drugfree.org,” dramatizing a typical breakdown in communication between a mother and teenage daughter who has exhibited suspicious behavior, leading to our next topic:
Session II: Communication Skills & Intervention.
Facilitated groups discussed strategies for cooperative, effective conversations at times of great concern over a loved one’s disconcerting behaviors. Groups also reviewed guidelines for actions that may need to be taken when abuse or addiction is suspected. A “Resources” list of professional therapeutic specialists and treatment centers was provided to each guest, along with appropriate school district personnel and contact information. A final video clip (also produced by H-H) depicted a typical parent/teenager conflict, showing a calm, appropriate response by the parents, thereby reinforcing the communication skills that were discussed earlier.
Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.
With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
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