November 2011


Issues of Substance 2011 conference kicks off in Vancouver and Michael Walsh, Founding Executive Director of LifeRing Secular Recovery Society Canada is attending the three day conference and presenting a talk called: Diversifying Recovery Options: The Success of LifeRing in Victoria on Monday November 7, 2011. LifeRing has been very successful in Victoria and we want to take the same model to other cities and provide people options in self-help support groups they require and are looking for.


A research team from the UVIC Department of Psychology is assisting LifeRing with putting together the first ever Convenors Training Program. Convenors are the meeting facilitators. Currently, Convenors are provided the current LifeRing Convenors Handbook and are mentored while learning how to run meetings. What we want to do is provide Convenors an opportunity to enhance the meeting experience for participants, but also for themselves by offering basic training in various methods of group facilitation related to substance abuse and addiction self-help groups.