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Dealing with one addiction is difficult for most individuals and treatment providers, but when there are additional problems, including medical issues and additional addictions, treatment can be more difficult. “Lions, Tigers and Bears: A Look at Co-Occurring Addictions” will be the topic of a public event and counselor training on Aug. 13-14 in Kansas City and St. Louis featuring nationally renown speaker and trainer Joanna Franklin.

The featured event will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 13 at the Business and Technology College (BTC), 1775 Universal Ave. in Kansas City. The event is free and open to the public. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 13, treatment providers and anyone interested in continuing with the topic of co-occurring disorders can take part in a training session also at BTC. Counselors interested in obtaining Continuing Education Units (CEUs) can receive two advanced CEUs for attending the morning session and an additional three CEUs for attending the afternoon session.

St. Louis area treatment providers and residents also will have the opportunity to participate in a training session on co-occurring addictions with Franklin on Aug. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Brown Lounge at George Warren Brown School of Social Work on the Washington University campus in St. Louis. Counselors may receive four advanced CEUs for attending the four-hour session.

If you have questions about Franklin’s presentations or need additional information, please e-mail betsoff@molottery.com.

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