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Strategies For Supporting A Loved One Who Drinks

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Strategies For Supporting A Loved One Who Drinks

Strategies for Supporting a Loved One Who Drinks

Level One Core QoC Workshop



Part One: Monday, January 10, 2022 | 6:00-8:00 PM EST
Part Two: Monday, January 17, 2022 | 6:00-8:00 PM EST
Part Three: Monday, January 24, 2022 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM EST


Hosted via Zoom. Participants will be able to attend online or call in over the phone.

Course Description

This three-part interactive and engaging workshop series will build the capacity of friends and family members to help understand drinking beyond Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines and/or alcohol dependency, and how best to support their loved one(s). This course will build an understanding of alcohol use beyond the daily recommended limits, understanding addiction, and strategies for supporting a loved one. Additionally, the third session of this workshop series will contain a short presentation and Q&A with a Person With Lived Experience.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the continuum of alcohol use and low-risk drinking guidelines.
  • Develop an understanding of why individuals may use alcohol.
  • Develop learning around how individuals make changes through the Stages of Change model.
  • Learn how to set and maintain healthy boundaries.
  • Develop ways to communicate to your loved one in an open, non-judgmental communication style.
  • Learn about resources in Ontario that can provide support to your loved one.


Facilitator Biography

Cheryl Robinson
Cheryl Robinson first entered the helping professions over twenty-five years ago by working at a shelter for men experiencing homelessness. It was there at the shelter that she became aware of the devastating cycle of addiction. Cheryl has been offering counselling for individuals concerned with their mental health and addictions for over seventeen years and has been a registered psychotherapist since 2015. Cheryl worked at a community addiction centre for fifteen years before serving as the Clinical Director of a residential treatment centre for two years. Currently, Cheryl works at Hope for Today Counselling in private practice and offers presentations in the community to help reduce stigma concerning mental health and addictions.


  • Ticket for Residents of Peterborough City and County: FREE
  • Ticket for Participants Outside of Peterborough: $99.00*

*Plus Eventbrite’s fee.


Who should attend this workshop series?
This workshop series is designed for people who have friends, family, and/or other loved ones who drink beyond the Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines and/or experience alcohol dependency.

How many people can attend?
Registration for this workshop series has been capped at 45 participants.

What supports will be provided during the sessions?
This is an interactive workshop that will involve discussions and sharing on behalf of participants. When talking about concerns around alcohol, emotions may arise. Active listeners from the John Howard Society will be present for anyone who needs one-on-one support during a session, and lists of local and provincial resources will be provided.

How will confidentiality work for the sessions?
We will ask the group that all participant’s identities and stories be kept in the strictest confidence to provide a safe space for all. Additionally, you will have the option to keep your camera off and/or use a pseudonym if it would make you feel more comfortable participating in the sessions.

What is a level one core QoC workshop series?
This refers to a workshop series that is a part of QoC's core curriculum and is offered at a more basic level, though it can be beneficial to anyone regardless of their experience.

Do I need to attend all of the sessions?
Ideally, you will be able to attend all of the sessions, but you must be able to attend at least two out of the three. Attendees will receive certificates of attendance for participating in a minimum of 2/3 sessions.

Will these sessions be recorded?
No. These sessions will not be recorded in order to maintain the privacy of participants. The session slides, however, will be sent out.

What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the first session. Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this workshop series has been subsidized by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

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