Free Workshop on Mental Illness and Substance Abuse for Families

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Carol Burton

When family members face mental illness and or substance abuse in a loved one they are forced to learn things that are not taught in school.

Whether family members have Ph.Ds or no degrees at all, they are caught off guard when trying to help a family member whose behavior has drastically changed.  Because mental illness and substance abuse come in many forms and the options for care are not immediately obvious, families need information.

To meet this need, the African American Family Support Group has designed quarterly workshops where professionals in the field of mental health and substance abuse share information and respond to audience questions.

A family member who as gained experience in successfully navigating the Behavioral Health Care system of Alameda County is also a regular speaker at the program.

The workshops are very popular; not only do families get valuable information, they also experience sharing mutual support and discover they are not alone.

By popular demand, this month’s workshop will again feature Dr. Aaron Chapman, the head psychiatrist for Alameda County’s Behavioral Health Care System.  As its luncheon speaker, the support group will be pleased to present Carol Burton, MSW, the Interim Director of that system.

This event will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the North Oakland Senior. Center, 5714 Martin Luther King Way, Oakland, 94609. The workshop is free. Lunch is included, so those planning to attend should RSVP by calling 510-697-8533.

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