The 3rd Annual Conversation Forum featured a panel of three young adults in recovery from substance abuse, and three (unrelated) parents whose children have struggled with addiction. The panel shared what they have learned about the effects of substance use on young people and the toll that it takes on family members who feel powerless to stop the frightening behaviors.
Heather Gregan, LPC, CADC, moderated the panel, which focused on the positive actions we can take as family members, friends, educators, and community members to confront the challenges that drugs and alcohol present to young people in today’s world.
As always, the panel discussion was followed by breakout conversations, then finished with a Q&A betweenaudience members and the panelists.
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.
Latest posts by Kim Porter, CFRS (see all)
- A Conversation About Substance Use + Mock Teen Bedroom - May 23, 2019
- “Curiously Enough” Podcast: Stigma Survives in Silence - May 3, 2019
- Shining a Light on the Opioid Crisis – Montgomeryville - April 23, 2019