Speaker Series: Nora O'Connor - Stuttering and Substance Abuse
March 16, 2021
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This event is free and only intended for current and past AIS clients.

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Join us for a virtual gathering with licensed clinician and person who stutters, Nora O’Connor, LCSW.  She will provide a personal and professional account of recognizing when self-medicating with substances is doing more harm than any good.   When did you cross the line from a couple drinks to a whole bottle to gain the courage to talk?  What to do when you’re depleted with using stuttering modification techniques.  Nora will discuss the uncomfortable topics that we may shy away from because of societal stigma and personal shame.  She will talk about what healthy coping can look like when substances are so much easier to use in the moment.  She’ll also inspire you in a lively conversation about living with stuttering, not dying with stuttering.

Nora A. O’Connor is a person who stutters and a licensed clinical social worker.  Nora earned her Master’s in Social Work from San Francisco State University.  She is the Director of Behavioral Health Programs at a nonprofit health care provider in Los Angeles County.   She has spent most of her career working in addiction treatment.  Nora also facilitates counseling groups, in her private practice, for kids, teens and adults who stutter.   She loves the stuttering self-help movement.  Nora has been a contributor to Stutter Talk, Nora O'Connor Archives - StutterTalk: Changing how you think about stuttering and to International Stuttering Awareness Day online conference Self-Advocacy; How To Help Without Hindering | International Stuttering Awareness (, Connecting to Others: The Role of Mental Health Professionals in the Stuttering Community | International Stuttering Awareness (

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