Opioids and the Addiction Epidemic: Focusing on Prevention & Recovery
Date: Thursday, April 18 Time: 6-8:00pm Location:EMU Lancaster Event Description: Whether you get your news by tuning in or logging on, you hear that we're in an era of crisis, overdose and emergency. Even as we respond to the casualty of the moment, we must also turn our eyes to sustained, long-term prevention to support those with increased risk for addiction, as well as re-shaping both our definition of addiction recovery and our local network of community recovery supports. Board-certified specialists in each of these two areas will make connections for learners between the opioid-related deaths which are lowering Americans' life expectancies, and our culture's attitudes toward and use of other substances. We'll examine successful and evidence-based practices in prevention and recovery support, and offer attendees a road map for contributing, both personally and professionally, to a community where addiction is prevented, treated, funded and spoken about in a way similar to other major illnesses. Contact Hours: 2 Available for *registered nurses, **educators and CEUs for pastors. *EMU is an approved provider by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for non-credit continuing education for registered nurses. ** EMU at Lancaster is approved to offer ACT 48 hours. Cost: $30 for nurses, educators, pastors and lay leaders who want contact hours or ACT 48 $10 for the general public (not receiving CEUs) $5 for students (not receiving CEUs)
Amy Sechrist, Certified Prevention Specialist - after earning a BA from Bard College, Amy began her career as a trained volunteer for Contact Lancaster Helpline. She runs the Addiction Resource Center at Compass Mark, previously the Council on Drug & Alcohol Abuse, where she's been since 2003. Board certified since 2008, Amy is passionate about linking individuals and their loved ones to community services, in addition to explaining addiction-related concepts in a way that resonates with others. Amy serves on the steering committee of the Lancaster County Recovery Alliance, is a member of the Association of Chemical Dependency Professionals, the Lancaster Providers of Prevention Programming, and serves on the board of directors of Mental Health America of Lancaster County.
Scott Theurer, Certified Recovery Specialist - Scott is a person in long-term recovery from addiction, and is a father, husband and friend. He is also a Recovery Support Specialist working within the Center of Excellence Program at T.W. Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services in Lancaster. He is the chairperson for the Lancaster County Recovery Alliance, has been involved with the Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission's advisory board, Project Lazarus Lancaster, Lancaster County Joining Forces, and is on the board of directors with the Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care. He works with individuals to establish and maintain recovery from opioid and heroin addiction.
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