Addiction 101 (6/8/21)


Foster Parent Training Program events are offered at no cost. 

June 8, 2021
6:30-8 PM Eastern

Dr. Alexander Elswick

Please register by June 7,2021

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Addiction 101

Addiction 101 is a crash course on addiction and recovery. Foster Parents will learn to identify/ address risks, increase protective factors and learn how addiction develops in the brain. Foster Parents will also learn how to talk to their youth about addiction and will learn best practices for parenting youth who struggle with the disease. The training will also provide best practices for increasing recovery capital.


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn to reduce the stigma associated with addiction.
  • Participants will improve their understanding of addiction.
  • Participants will learn to identify problematic language and learn to use destigmatized language.
  • Participants will learn how to talk to youth about addiction.
  • Participants will learn best practices for parenting youth where substance misuse was prevalent.


About the Speaker:

Alex Elswick is a tireless advocate for people with substance use disorders. Dr. Alex Elswick joined the University of Kentucky Department of Family Sciences in 2020 were he serves as an Assistant Extension Professor for Substance Use Prevention and Recovery. He began his journey with the department as a graduate student in 2015, where he earned his Masters and PhD and later served Family and Consumer Sciences Extension as an Extension Associate and as an Extension Specialist. Using this experience, Dr. Elswick’s Extension emphasis focuses on equipping the Kentucky Cooperative Extension System to build recovery capital in the community. Alex’s knowledge and experience with addiction is multifaceted. His professional experience, non-profit work, and research agenda all focuses on long term recovery. But most importantly, Alex is himself a person in long term recovery from the chronic disease of addiction.


Additional Course Information

Though these trainings are delivered virtually, the trainings do fulfill the face-to-face, group setting requirement. A reliable internet connection and computer/ smartphone with webcam are required.

To register to attend one of these events, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Carla Jordan, TRC Training Specialist, at or 1-833-859-3278 (1-833-UKY-FAST).