Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Butler County Educational Service Center
400 N. Erie Blvd. Ste. A
Hamilton, OH 45011

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Lauren Perry
Butler County Family and Children First Council


Colleen Mercuri-Johnson, MSW, LISW-S is the founder of Hope Tree Consulting LLC.  She holds a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Child Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.  She provides consultation to teams supporting individuals with complex trauma histories and is a co-lead for the Southwest Regional Trauma Informed Care Collaborative, an initiative through Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. An experienced trainer and mental health therapist, Colleen specializes in working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). She speaks nationally on co-occurring mental health and IDD including treatment for problematic sexual behaviors, the impact of trauma and the healing power of connection, sexuality and healthy relationship development across the lifespan.  She is co-author of the National ARC’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability white paper Sex Offenders with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: A Call to Action for the Criminal Justice Community. 



Loneliness is Vulnerability

Recent studies on loneliness show that Generation Z and the Millennial Generation are reporting significant increase in loneliness than previous generations.  These same studies show that those who experience social isolation are twice as likely to engage in substance use, as well as having an increased rate of medical and mental health diagnoses.   Loneliness can also lead to entering into unhealthy relationships, while being vulnerable to participating in criminal acts.  During the course of this training, we will explore some of the contributing factors of loneliness such as; trauma/toxic stress, social media, substance use, and disconnection from nature, to name a few.  We will finish the day with strategies to assist in re-wiring the brain for building satisfying connection and increased happiness. 


  • Participants will increase their understanding of current research relating to the impact that loneliness has on various generations.
  • Participants will increase their understanding of contributing factors for loneliness.
  • Participants will increase their understanding of the connection between loneliness and substance use.
  • Participants will be introduced to screening tools for loneliness.
  • Participants will participate in activity-based learning to develop strategies for decreasing loneliness.

Cost: Free!!! (registration is required) 

CEUs: 5.5 Social Work and Counselor CEUs are provided by the Butler County Educational Service Center approved & awarded by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & MFT Board Approval RSX050901. 5.5 Contact Hours for Educators.