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The first in a series of free presentations on issues affecting families will be held at East Central College in Union March 21.


Addiction will be the topic on Friday, March 21.  The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. with Sergeant Jason Grellner, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, as the opening speaker.  His presentation will be followed by breakout sessions led by Jennifer King, chemical dependency counselor  with Bridgeway Behavioral Health; Leeann Pennington, associate counselor at Preferred Family Healthcare and Sherry Huxol, probation and parole officer with the Franklin County Drug Court.  Activities will wrap up by 4 p.m. 


The event is being coordinated by the psychology and sociology departments at ECC.  Dr.  Bill Cunningham, associate professor of sociology, noted that the speaker series is designed to let families know about the resources available in the community.  “We want to connect people with the experts in the field who can offer support and provide some direction as they struggle with issues,” Cunningham said.


Other topics that will be covered this spring include Alzheimer’s on Friday, April 11, and domestic violence on Friday, May 9.   Those presentations will follow the same format as the March 21 event with a speaker to open the event and breakout sessions following that.


All sessions are open to the public at no charge thanks to a grant from the Franklin County Area United Way facilitated by the ECC Foundation.  Pre-registration is required since space is limited.   Refreshments will be provided by The Arbors at South Pointe. 


To register for the presentation on addiction or the other topics, call 636-584-6658 or email: .

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