Continued Learning Health Care Seminars

Wilkes University is proud to offer a variety of continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals.

Our American Family Documentary Viewing & Panel Discussion

Addiction is an all-encompassing force not only in the lives of the afflicted, but also those around them. Captured at a pivotal “nothing to lose” moment over the course of a year, Our American Family is a radically honest portrait of five family members grappling with the legacy of generational addiction as they fight to heal resentments and pull each other out of the deepest depths.

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Program Objective

Raise awareness, and promote understanding and de-stigmatization surrounding addiction and recovery using storytelling and the lived experience of the film participants to engage diverse audiences.

Panel Members

Linda is the mother featured in Our American Family. Having had a parent who struggled with anorexia nervosa, she learned at an early age how to minimize addictive behaviors. With an ex-husband and children who have attended multiple treatment centers over a span of many years, she shares lessons learned with other parents and families. As the founder of Hummingbird Yoga and Massage, Linda teaches individuals and other instructors, trauma and recovery informed mind/body practices. She is passionate about sharing her experiences through writing and film, helping those affected by addiction, continuing to “show up” and work hard alongside her family members.

Bryan is the stepfather in Our American Family. Bryan married his soulmate who had three children from a previous marriage. One year later, Bryan realized that his wife’s oldest child was struggling with a substance use disorder. He shifted from saving money for vacations to finding ways to pay for rehabs and therapists. Initially resentful of his struggling family members, Bryan spent the next 15 years learning about addiction in efforts to support his wife and their children. He and his wife Linda not only support their children, but also help raise their granddaughter—who is the number one person in Bryan’s life. Bryan is a landscaper for his family business who also finds peace working with the lathe.


Tuesday, September 12, 6-8:30 p.m.


Henry Student Center, 2nd Floor

Registration Deadline

Monday, September 11 at 5 p.m.

Continuing Education Credits

2.5 hours CE will be given to pharmacists, physicians, nurses, social workers and counselors for participating in the course.
Cost: Free

Accreditation Statements


Wilkes University is a preapproved provider of continuing education for professional counselors through the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. Counselors who attend will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the program.


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The Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants who attend the full program and complete an evaluation form for this knowledge-based activity will be awarded 2.5 CEUs. ACPE# 0097-9999-23-012-L08-P


Wilkes-Barre General Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the live activity

Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

Wilkes University is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Nurses who attend will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the programs.

Social Workers

Wilkes University is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for programs for social workers and clinical social workers as an accredited university. Social Workers who attend will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the program.

This program is supported by an educational grant from the city of Wilkes-Barre, Department of Health.


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