Addressing Employee Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in a Virtual World

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Date(s) - Mar 24, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Addressing Employee Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in a Virtual World

March 24, 2021, 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the landscape of the workplace in 2020 and the foreseeable future.  More employees are working remotely now than ever before.  These new challenges have led to significant increase in employee substance use and mental illness across the U.S. and abroad.  Substance use and mental illness are sensitive topics that can be difficult for employers to address at any time, but remote employees present a unique challenge.

This 60-minute seminar equips employers with a framework to effectively address employee substance use and mental illness in both remote and in-person settings.


Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify changes in an employee’s appearance, behavior and performance that are concerning.
  • Respond effectively to employee problems while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Maximize the benefit of an EAP for employee illness prevention and treatment.
  • Provide a list of community-based and online resources to individuals with and without insurance.

PLAA Members – Free

PLAA Business Partners – Free

CLM® Application Credit for Functional Specialists: 1 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR) towards the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application.

CLM® Recertification Credit:  1 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR)

This session also satisfies the 1 hour required in Substance Abuse.



Ryan West, MS, CFI

Manager, Corporate Trainings & Business Development

Ryan began working for Greenbriar Treatment Center as a clinical evaluator and admissions counselor in 2007, working closely with employed individuals suffering from substance use and mental health issues.  Over the past eight years, Ryan has served as the Manager of Corporate Trainings and Business Development, where he’s helped over 100 organizations, locally and internationally, re-develop their drug and alcohol policies, drug testing procedures, and drug training and awareness programs.  He also frequently speaks at local and regional conferences as an authority on chemical addictions – how they develop, how they are treated, and how they impact the individual, the family unit, and the workplace.


Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in psychology with an industrial-organizational concentration.  He is also a published author on the subject of workplace substance use and impairment, a designated drug and alcohol educator by numerous Substance Abuse Professionals, a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® practitioner, and a Certified Forensic Interviewer specializing in body language interpretation.

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