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National experts to tackle effects of opioid crisis on families during Tulsa conference

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As the opioid crisis continues to plague the nation, the OSU Center for Family Resilience at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa is bringing in nationally recognized experts to explore strategies to help families cope with the drug’s impact on their lives.

OSU-Tulsa will host the 10th annual Chautauqua Conference on Family Resilience from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in North Hall 150 Friday, Feb. 22.

During ‘Family Resilience and Recovery: Opioids and Other Addictions,’ scholars from across the country will present information on the etiology of substance use disorders on the family system as well as discuss new research on resilience in addiction recovery.

In addition, panel discussions will focus on how to reduce the prevalence of addiction, prevent it in younger generations and examine how research can inform society’s understanding of addiction and potentially solve the opioid epidemic.

Speakers are:

  • Spencer Bradshaw, assistant professor of addictive disorders and recovery studies, Texas Tech University
  • Lucia Ciciolla, assistant professor of psychology, OSU
  • Bo Cleveland, professor of human development and family studies, Penn State University
  • Hamed Ekhtiari, associate investigator, Laureate Institute for Brain Research
  • Jennifer Hays-Grudo, professor of psychiatry and director of Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity, OSU Center for Health Sciences
  • Marcia Ory, professor, Texas A&M University
  • Danya Qato, assistant professor and director of the pharmaceutical research graduate program, University of Maryland
  • Christopher Ringwalt, senior scientist, University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center
  • Rockey Robbins, professor of counseling, University of Oklahoma
  • Jonathan Rosen, industrial hygiene/health and safety consultant, AJ Rosen and Associates, Schenectady, NY

General registration is open through Feb. 15 and is $50 for non-students and $25 for students. On-site registration also will be available. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for certified family life educators, licensed professional counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists will be offered.

Conference partners include the OSU College of Human Sciences and the OSU Center for Health Sciences’ Center for Wellness and Recovery.

The conference is funded in part by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. View the schedule here. For more information or to register online, visit the conference website.

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