Events

Upcoming Events

Event Title Description Event Date/Time
Community Organizing for Prevention and Recovery (Part 1)

Engaging leaders and other influencers in a community has always been critical for organizing efforts to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Effective community organizing skills are more important than ever in a social service environment where change is rapid and stigma prevails. This course will review the principles of basic community organizing. Strategies for advocates to proactively engage all those decision makers involved in behavioral healthcare, education, and primary care will be discussed. The many rich opportunities for prevention, treatment and recovery organizations to collaborate with each other to further many mutual goals in their community will also be addressed. In addition to specific organizing strategies, this course will provide opportunity for discussion and interaction across disciplines.

October 6, 2020
9:00am - 12:30pm
Virtual Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Stimulant Use Disorder

On October 6, 2020, FDA is hosting a public meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Stimulant Use Disorder. This meeting will provide FDA the opportunity to obtain input from individuals who are struggling or have struggled with the use of cocaine, crystal meth, methamphetamine, or misuse of prescription stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin. Family members, advocates, caregivers and other stakeholders are encouraged to participate and share their views on the condition.

October 6, 2020
12:30 - 5:00pm
Youth Substance Use 101

This training provides an overview of the disease of addiction, key issues to be aware of when working with youth struggling with substance use, and how best to support youth in recovery and their families. We will review key risk factors for the development of youth substance use disorders, including early onset, trauma, co-occurring mental health issues, genetics, and environmental factors. We will look at trends of use and how best to intervene through screening, assessment, and referral to treatment. Best practices for engaging youth in treatment will be emphasized. This training will also review the different levels of care currently available in Massachusetts, licensed by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS)/Office of Youth and Young Adult Services, including detox/stabilization, residential treatment, recovery high schools, and outpatient services.  Family recovery supports will also be identified. 

This training is aimed towards anyone working with youth and young adults; prior knowledge is not required.

October 8, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm
Community Organizing for Prevention and Recovery (Part 2)

Engaging leaders and other influencers in a community has always been critical for organizing efforts to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Effective community organizing skills are more important than ever in a social service environment where change is rapid and stigma prevails. This course will review the principles of basic community organizing. Strategies for advocates to proactively engage all those decision makers involved in behavioral healthcare, education, and primary care will be discussed. The many rich opportunities for prevention, treatment and recovery organizations to collaborate with each other to further many mutual goals in their community will also be addressed. In addition to specific organizing strategies, this course will provide opportunity for discussion and interaction across disciplines.

October 13, 2020
9:00am - 12:30pm
Interrupting Racism Levels 1 & 2: Amplifying Awareness and Interpersonal Engagement (Part 1)

Day 1 lays the foundation for a common understanding of the breadth and depth of racism and its impact on all aspects of society. Experiencing the History of Racism Timeline in community increases awareness and commitment to racial equity. Activities and exercises address:

  • Community Agreements for engaging in learning together
  • History of Race & Racism in the US Timeline
  • Unpacking our personal histories of race, racism and racial trauma
  •  Data on the material impact of racism today
  • Stereotypes, prejudice & bias
  • Social identity and perspective
  • Intersectionality and the complexity of belonging
  • Looking through the lens of diversity, equity & inclusion
  • Language for talking about race, ethnicity and racism
October 14, 2020
9:00am - 4:30pm
Rise of Methamphetamine: New Risks, Current Treatments

Methamphetamine use has grown increasingly prevalent over the past couple decades, and fentanyl-contaminated methamphetamine has led to a significant increase in overdose deaths. Though no FDA-approved medications exist yet to treat methamphetamine use disorder, new research has demonstrated efficacy of various behavioral treatments, particularly contingency management. This webinar will provide an overview of the current state of methamphetamine use, considerations for concurrent opioid use, and strategies and interventions for treating and engaging individuals with stimulant use disorder.

October 14, 2020
2:00 - 3:00pm
Interrupting Racism Levels 1 & 2: Amplifying Awareness and Interpersonal Engagement (Part 2)

Day 2 teaches skills for respectful and equitable interactions to improve employee and client experiences. Activities, exercises and scenarios address:

  • Allyship: dos and don’ts, strategies for “finding your lane”
  • Language for talking about racism
  •  Microaggressions: skills for examining and shifting everyday expressions of bias
  • Calling-in templates for those who are intentionally or unintentionally causing harm
  • Tools for effectively and respectfully interrupting racism in meetings and group forums
  • Apology exercises for healing and strengthening relationships 
  • Strategies for checking and leveraging privilege 
  • Transforming white supremacy culture to cultural humility
  • How to move beyond fragility: bolstering perspective, courage and racial stamina
  • Healing racism and racial trauma meditation 
October 15, 2020
9:00am - 4:30pm
Completing the Data Puzzle: Filling Assessment Gaps

Part two of a two-part series, this webinar will demonstrate strategies to fill gaps in your needs assessment. A case-study approach will demonstrate covered strategies.

October 21, 2020
10:00 - 11:00am
American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo 2020

Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence

The APHA Annual Meeting and Expo brings together thousands of public health professionals to present, learn, network and find inspiration for the important work they do. Registered attendees will have access to 700+ scientific sessions and events on critical public health topics, many focused on COVID-19 and the APHA 2020 theme, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence." A critical component of the meeting is the Virtual Public Health Expo. Schedule time to explore the Expo, choose from hundreds of exhibitors to meet and learn about their products, services, new research and public health efforts. This is also the place to connect with representatives from accredited schools and programs of public health.

October 23 - 28, 2020
8:00 - 7:59pm
Alcohol Policy 19 Conference

Join us for the Alcohol Policy 19 Conference (AP19) in Arlington, VA April 07-09, 2021 to explore progress in advancing sound alcohol policies at the local, regional, national, and international levels. The Alcohol Policy Conference series convenes researchers, community practitioners, public officials, faith partners, and other concerned citizens primarily from North America. Building on the foundation of that very first conference in 1981, the conference will continue to emphasize the importance of moving from evidence to action in alcohol policy research, development, implementation, enforcement, and evaluation.

April 6 - 8, 2021
8:00 - 7:59pm