Science of Social Support




This training was presented on April 7, 2023




Research demonstrates that one in four children and one in five adults in the United States are struggling with loneliness resulting in behavioral health conditions. Social connections comprise an important component of a happy and healthy life. All people need support in their lives, and especially people who are struggling due to mental health or substance use conditions. This presentation addresses how to work with those in need of expanding their social connections. Data on the benefits of social connections will be provided, in addition to understanding how a lack of connection impacts individuals mentally and physically. Techniques for assessment and development of social connections will also be shared.


Participants will:

  • Understand the value and benefits of social support
  • Learn to utilize tools to assess social support
  • Be introduced to activities to enhance social support


Who Should Attend: All staff of family resource centers (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), community-based organizations, and other child- and family-serving systems.


Important Training Information:

  • This is a webinar-style training. This means that you will not be on camera and will not be able to see other learners. This training will not include breakout rooms. Opportunities to interact with the presenter(s) and other participants will be included.
  • This training will be recorded. The recording will be available to registered learners within 2 days of the training.
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Dr. Radlauer-Doerfler is a leading expert in social connection and social support and uses her experience to create impact within communities, systems, organizations, and individuals. Her approach is collaborative, creative, and curious as she strives to educate utilizing unique avenues including media, stage production, video production, podcasting, and writing. She has more than 25 years of experience in behavioral health, public health, and organizational development. She is a national expert in behavioral health, social support, and social connectedness and uses this knowledge to further mental wellness. Her research on structural racism in the behavioral health field has led to the development of a national curriculum designed to create more equitable systems. She is passionate about addressing behavioral health challenges through social support and speaks widely on the topic.



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