Crucial Conversations are those discussions we need to have as a community and as parents, to keep our friends, neighbors and loved ones safe. These are also conversations that need to be addressed from a Christian perspective. What can we do to prevent those we love from becoming addicted to opioids? How can we help those who have already become addicted? What are steps that I can take to keep myself and my loved ones safe from trafficking? How do we handle social media, from a Christian perspective? How do we make sure those we love KNOW that they are valued and loved, and give them hope when they fall into depression or are anxious? How can we be Jesus to those we know and love?

In partnership with St. Brigid of Kildare, we will have two Crucial Conversations gatherings this school year. The first will be at St. Brigid on November 8 for parents of children 6th grade and younger, titled “Raising Resilient Children.” The second will be at St. Joan of Arc on April 30 addressing the opioid epidemic.

For more information, contact Kim VanHuffel at

 Drug Prevention and Education Resources

The Emerald Jenny Foundation 
This foundation lists  local agencies and phone numbers/crisis lines for addiction.

Franklin County Prevention and Education Programs 
Franklin County Programs

DrugSafe Worthington helps families get educated, get help, and find local events.

Delaware Country Drug Liaison
Confidential support for persons and families struggling with addiction/substance use.

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation 
Learn how you can play a part in suicide prevention.

 Past Presentation Resources

P.E.R.C. presentation slides
January 29, 2019
Growing Resiliency in Today’s World (GRIT)



Monday, April 15, 2019
6:15 p.m. • reception, 7-9 p.m. • panel discussion
Inside the Epidemic: The Opioid Crisis in Columbus
Ohio Dominican University, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.
Free event will take place in the Matesich Theatre, located in Erskine Hall. Featured panelists include anesthesiologist Steven Lins, MD; a representative from the Columbus Division of Fire; and individuals who are currently recovering from addiction.



Tuesday, April 30, 2019
7-8:30 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc
Crucial Conversations: Fighting Opiate Abuse
Dr. Ryan Squier, a local emergency physician, is dedicated to fighting the opiate abuse epidemic currently wreaking havoc on lives, families, and entire communities throughout Ohio and the nation. This presentation will provide an open and frank conversation in order to educate adults about strategies to end opiate abuse.


Monday, May 6
8 p.m.
The Disorganized Teen: How To Help Your Teen So You Don’t Lose Your Mind
Workshop is online!
For more details and to register click here.