Support, Safety, Science


Thursday, May 21, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM via GoToMeeting

Stigma Reduction and the Marginalization of People Who Use Substances


**Upon registry for this training, the meeting link will be sent to you via email.

Educators: Laura Fry, Chief Programs Officer, and Alex Mathiesen, McHenry County Program Manager

CEUs: 1.5 from IAODAPCA/Illinois Certification Board, Inc.
**Includes Counselor I or II, Preventionist 1 or II, CARS I or II, CODP I or II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS II, CVSS II, CPRS I or II, MAATP I or II, CFPP I or II, NCRS II

Fee: FREE! But, donations are much appreciated!

Learning Objectives:
Join Laura Fry, Chief Programs Officer, and Alex Mathiesen, McHenry County Program Manager, as they discuss the impact, stigma, and myths related to people who use substances, including:

  • The multi-layers of stigma
  • How stigma and language impact lives
  • Myths, misconceptions, and misrepresentations
  • Stigma busters
  • How preconceived notions impact and marginalize people who use substances

About Our Educators:

Laura Fry oversees the implementation of Live4Lali’s services and outreach team. In long-term recovery from mental health, substance use, and trauma, Laura brings a unique and informed lens. Having a son in long-term recovery from an opioid use disorder, was Laura’s driving force to get involved.  With more than two decades in the health field and a specialization in emergency medicine, Laura has been responding to overdoses and working with people impacted by addiction for years. Laura’s professional and personal experiences helped develop the comprehensive and compassionate approach Live4Lali embodies to serve people with substance use disorders and their loved ones.

Alex Mathiesen oversees programming funded by the McHenry County Mental Health Board. He was a volunteer at Live4Lali before being appointed to serve the county of McHenry. Alex has been in recovery from an opioid use disorder for the past several years. His experiences from being homeless and hopeless, to finding his own unique path to recovery, helps give personal insight to assist those with a substance use disorder or experiencing active use, their loved ones, and the community at large.


Previous Training Events
**At this time, viewers cannot obtain CEUs for watching this recording. If your agency needs training on these subjects, please reach out to Laura Fry at [email protected] or 844-584-5254 x803.

April 30, 2020
Overdose Education, Prevention, and Reversal: A Mother’s Path to Acceptance, A Son’s Path to Redemption
Click here to view the recording.

May 7, 2020
The Harm Reduction Continuum: Abstinence, Safer Use, Medication, and Everything in Between
Click here to view the recording.

May 14, 2020
Let’s Talk About Sex
Click here to view the recording.