Friday, December 1, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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Butler County Educational Service Center 
400 N. Erie Blvd.
Hamilton, OH 45011


Lauren Perry
FCFC Training Coordinator
Butler County Family & Children First Council
(513) 785-6770 (office)

Your Trainer:

Dr. Brad Lander, Ph.D., LICDC-CS is a Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor who has worked in Columbus since 1979 in a variety of chemical dependency and mental health positions. Dr. Lander graduated with highest distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Purdue University, and received his Masters and Doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University in counseling psychology. Dr. Lander first began working in the treatment field as a mental health therapist in the community mental health and VA systems. He began specializing in chemical dependency in 1985. In 2001, Dr. Lander became the Clinical Director of Addiction Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centermore commonly known as Talbot Hall. Dr. Lander serves as a board member and faculty with The Ohio State University Institute of Addiction Studies. He has received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service in the Field of Substance Abuse and the 2010 Excellence in Community Health Education Award.


Understanding Addiction: Squirrel Logic

Using a mood-altering drug over time creates fundamental changes to the brain that lead to compulsive and self-destructive behavior. What should we expect from a person with a “chronic brain disease”? When we become frustrated with people with an addiction the problem is not them, it is us. It is our expectations of what they should be able to do and understand (but can’t) that causes us grief. It feels like we are dealing with squirrels!

This workshop looks at the effects of alcohol and drugs on the brain, what addiction is, how drugs affect adolescents specifically, and how we treat addiction. 


1. Understand the impact of alcohol and drug use on the brain and behavior
2. Explain the role of genetics in addiction and mental illness
3. Understand how environmental triggers affect recovery
4. Recognize the role emotions play in controlling behavior and cognitive processing
5. Examine how alcohol and drug use impacts adolescents
6. Examine effective interventions on substance dependency based on neurological findings

Food: Bagels, coffee, water and light snacks will be provided by our sponsors Buckeye Health Plan and Spero Health! Lunch is on your own.

Cost: Free! (Priority will be given to partner agencies in Butler County)

CEUs: APPROVED BY THE SOH, CSWMFTB FOR 5.5 CEU'S FOR COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS PROVIDER #RSX050901 AND #RCX051001. The Butler County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Services Board (Provider Number 50-20596) has been approved through the Chemical Dependency Professionals Board to provide 5.5 RCH credits for Ohio Prevention and Chemical Dependency Professionals (R1 for Prevention, C2 for Chemical Dependency) for this workshop.

Target Audience: Therapists/Counselors, Nurses, Psychologists, School Psychologists, Substance Use Counselors, Doctors, Mental Health Professionals, Case Managers, Justice Professionals, Etc. 




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