4th Annual Conversation Forum

4th Annual Conversation Forum

4th ConvForumRick Shugart, MFT, was our guest presenter at the 4th Annual Conversation Forum, which brought 120 participants to the Horsham Community Center on a cold January night. We featured a panel of two young adults in recovery from substance misuse, parents of a young person in recovery, and a young adult whose concern about his friend’s drug misuse lead him to contact family members. The panel shared what they have learned about the effects of substance use on young people and the toll that it takes on loved ones who feel powerless to stop the frightening behaviors and progressive dependency.


This year we talked about ways that we actually CAN help to change another person’s path, even when life presents challenges!

We had a conversation about:
• Recognizing our own concerns, and intervening when appropriate
• Setting healthy limits and boundaries
• Strengthening accountability & resiliency
• Supporting others as they find their own path to recovery

Heather Gregan, LPC, CADC, moderated the panel, which focused on the positive actions we can take as family members, Conv.Forum4friends, 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 group conversations, then finished with a Q&A between the audience members and the panelists.

Below you will find resources that relate to this year’s topic.

NIDA’s (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Family Checkup
Here is a terrific resource for parents, providing guidance for the following:
• Communication
• Encouragement
• Negotiation
• Setting Limits
• Supervision
• Knowing Your Child’s Friends

“Am I enabling my son or daughter?”
One of the most important steps we can take as parents is to become aware of our own concerns. Parents are often unaware of their own child’s changing behaviors and attitudes, so this checklist will help us to identify our own behaviors, which may be an indication that our children need professional help.

How to Prevent Drug Use at Every Age
From pre-schooler to young adult, here are tips to guide your child toward a healthy life at every age. Get age-by-age advice:

Courtesy of Partnership for Drugfree Kids  >> Click here for a printable .pdf

How to Spot Drug & Alcohol Use
Wondering if your child is using drugs or drinking? Here are tips on how to find out – and a list of signs and symptoms to look for. And what about searching in his room for evidence? We explore that too.

Courtesy of Partnership for Drugfree Kids

How to Talk With Your Teen About Marijuana
Marijuana, legal or otherwise, is a hot topic, so it is more important than ever for parents to protect their kids’ health and development by addressing this issue early and often.

Courtesy of Partnership for Drugfree Kids

Intervention eBook
Find answers to the following questions:
• What is a drug or alcohol Intervention?
• How do I know for sure if my teen is using?
• How should I prepare for a talk with my child? • How do I make sure the talk is productive?
• What if my child needs outside help?

Courtesy of Partnership for Drugfree Kids
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Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director at Be a Part of the Conversation
Kim Porter, CFRS is the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation. Having served as the Community Program Coordinator and Parent Liaison for Be a Part of the Conversation since its inception in 2011, she was named Executive Director of this vital organization in 2014.

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.
Kim Porter, CFRS
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