Assisting our Siblings with Addiction Issues
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
We recently had a “design thinking” workshop to better understand the problems in our community due to the pandemic, and to brainstorm solutions. (You can read about the workshop here and here.)
One of the things that some participants noted, was an increase in siblings struggling with addiction issues.
This increase in addiction not limited to Ordo Templi Orientis. Many healthcare professionals are already talking about and researching this aspect of the COOVID-19 pandemic. In June of 2020, alcohol sales rose 27% from March 7 before lockdowns began.
Soror Promethea, head of the U.S.G.L. Psychology Guild will present a workshop to assist local leadership to help members during this challenging time.
Please note, the limit of 16 participants. If there is need, perhaps more sessions can be scheduled in the future.
I would encourage you to ask yourself if you see a need in your community and if “no”, but you’re still interested, ask to be on the waiting list.
Love is the law, love under will.
Assisting our Siblings With Addiction Issues: A Workshop for Local Body Officers, Ordained Clergy, and Chapter Members
Hosted by Soror Promethea
This has been a difficult time for all of us and many people in our community are struggling in various ways. Nationwide, substance use and related issues are increasing, and it is not surprising to see addiction problems increasingly impacting our Order members. You may wonder how you, as a local leader, can best reach out to, talk with, and assist those in your community who are struggling with substance use issues.
Letting someone know you are concerned about their substance use can be a difficult conversation, and it is not always clear how to help. Soror Promethea is a licensed psychologist with a specialty in substance use and addiction. She currently supervises an outpatient substance use program for a major regional health system. Her research-based approach to difficult conversations on substance abuse, can help move the bar. Studies show that even one conversation with a trusted person such as a primary care doctor, pastor, or friend can make a difference for someone who is struggling.
You will learn positive approaches to difficult conversations that you can put into practice with someone you may be concerned about. She will draw from her training in methods for encouraging others toward positive behavior change. She will also provide a general discussion of substance use issues, discuss common misconceptions, and provide ideas on engaging with resources in your local community. She will discuss ideas for making your local body a friendly place for those who wish to abstain from alcohol and those in early recovery. You will have time to practice skills discussed and talk about your questions and concerns.
This class will not certify you in any formal method of therapy or counseling or intervention, nor will she provide any professional opinion or advice on particular issues within your local body. But she will assist you, as a lay person, to have a productive approach to conversations about substance abuse with your local members.
The meeting link will be sent to registrants closer to the date of the workshop.
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Time: (1.5hrs) beginning at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern
Registration is Limited to 16 attendees, first come first served, future iterations are planned
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and include your civil name, local body affiliation and/or role or role in the Order, and the email you would like the link sent to.
President of the Psychology Guild
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