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A5 (AT CAPACITY) The Impact of the Disease of Opioid Addiction on Families

The disease process of opioid addiction impacts the family unit as a whole. Oftentimes, a parent’s or parents’ unresolved trauma is at the heart of their addiction. When that addition leads to loss of employment, housing, custody of their children or even death, the child or children experience their own trauma.

This workshop will cover the impact of opioid addiction, the associated trauma for the parent/parents and child/children, and the shifts that addiction creates in day-to-day living.

Presenter Bio:
Leesa Carter-Franklin is the Program Coordinator over Midwest's Community Based Counseling Division and oversee's Midwest's Foster Care program and AODA Services. Leesa graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor's Degree from Howard University, majoring in Human Development with a Minor in Child Psychology and completed the Masters of Social Work program at IUPUI in 1998. Leesa previously worked for Midwest Psychological Center, Inc from 1198-2007 as a therapist and was overseeing the Community Based program until her departure. Leesa has over 16 years of counseling experience and is a valued member of the Midwest team.

Emma Starks attended Defiance College in Ohio where she played basketball for four years and graduated wit a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Social Work with a major in Autism Studies. Emma then attended graduate school in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University. Emma received her master's in social work with a focus on Children, Youth and Families as well as Global Health. Emma was promoted to Assistant Program Coordinator after working as a Therapist for Midwest. Before joining the Midwest team, Emma worked as a community mental health center and as a school based therapist.       

William Taylor attended Indiana University, Bloomington where he graduated with a BA in Sociology. William joined the United States Army in 1979. While stationed in Ft. Polk, Louisiana Mr. Taylor was assigned to the on post rehabilitation program which addressed alcoholism with active duty soldiers. This is where Mr. Taylor developed a passion to work with those challenged by the disease of addiction. Mr. Taylor joined Midwest in 2015 and has worked in the field of addictions for 20 years.     




Leesa Carter-Franklin MSW, LCSW, Emma Starks, MSSA, LSW & William Taylor,BA, ICADC, CADAC II, LAC