Supervisor Training Series: Supporting Employees Navigating Substance Use Disorder and Recovery

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 | Time: 1:00-2:00pm | Location: Virtual Zoom

Event Description

As part of the Supervisor Training Series, join Dr. Cara Poland, Associate Professor in MSU College of Human Medicine, and Dawn Kepler, Coordinator for MSU Collegiate Recovery Community, for a conversation about how to support employees navigating substance use disorder and recovery. We will discuss how to create and maintain recovery friendly workplaces where faculty and staff feel comfortable asking for help and are supported by practices and resources that promote successful and thriving employees. 


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the neurobiology of substance use disorder and the relationship between the brain and human behavior
  • Approaches for how to convey empathy and openness with individuals navigating substance use disorder or in recovery
  • Identify and use the appropriate language related to substance use disorder and recovery
  • Understand how to take steps to create and maintain recovery friendly practices
  • Learn about how recovery is a long-term process with unique implications for employee success
  • Identify and connect employees to MSU’s substance use disorder and recovery resources

About the Speaker: Dawn Kepler, Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator

Dawn earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from MSU, and prior to her current position, coordinated the Michigan Campus-Community Coalition providing statewide training, networking, and advocacy for substance use professionals from higher education institutions. As an individual in recovery for over 20 years, she is passionate about the work she has done in the substance use disorder prevention and recovery fields for over ten years. In addition, her background includes improving behavioral health program development by bridging the research on program design with service delivery to maintain fidelity, achieve outcomes, and promote sustainability.


About the Speaker: Dr. Cara Poland, Associate Professor, MSU College of Human Medicine

Dr. Cara Poland is a recognized expert in addiction medicine. She is a faculty member at Michigan State University. She earned her medical degree from Wayne State University and was trained in internal medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan and in addiction medicine at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her master’s degree in education from Boston University. She has an interest in educating healthcare providers and providers-in-training to improve care for patients with substance use disorders particularly during pregnancy and early parenting.