Events

Upcoming Events

Event Title Description Event Date/Time
Building Racial Equity: Foundations

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, these trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

Building Racial Equity: Foundations is the first and “foundational” training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will introduce participants to concepts, frames, and tools that are essential to a productive racial equity practice. Attending this training is required to participate in subsequent series trainings.

April 20, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
Building Racial Equity: Foundations

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, these trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

Building Racial Equity: Foundations is the first and “foundational” training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will introduce participants to concepts, frames, and tools that are essential to a productive racial equity practice. Attending this training is required to participate in subsequent series trainings.

April 22, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
Cultural Humility as a Methodology for Collaborating with Massachusetts Native Communities

The training team will present an interactive program that integrates best practices and principles regarding training for cultural humility in health care and human services (Fisher-Bourne, Cain and Martin, 2015; Betancourt, Green and Carrillo, 2016), while communicating essential knowledge and nuanced understanding regarding Native communities in Massachusetts.

April 23, 2021
9:30am - 3:30pm
Ethics in Prevention: A Guide for Substance Abuse Prevention Practitioners

Explore the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, brought to life with real-world examples, and meet your annual IC&RC prevention ethics requirement for prevention specialist certification. Registration is open now!

April 26 - May 7, 2021
9:00am - 5:00pm
Collective Impact Action Summit

The Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, is hosting the field’s premier annual Collective Impact Action Summit on April 27-29, 2021. This virtual event will elevate cutting-edge thinking and lessons learned on the role of cross-sector collaboration in contributing to COVID-19 response and rebuilding, advancing racial justice, and addressing other pressing challenges of our time. We invite you to join us as we convene more than 1,000 cross-sector leaders from across the globe to share ideas and use their influence and networks to shape the future of the practice of collective impact.

April 27 - 29, 2021
All day
The Times They Are A-Changin’: Alcohol Home Delivery Before and During COVID-19

Direct-to-consumer shipping, home delivery, and the three-tier system and current trends in alcohol sales and consumption (including the impact of COVID-19) and how that affects the three-tier system.

April 28, 2021
10:00am
Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial justice. Our expectation is that those who attend this training are actively engaged in racial equity work and are ready to build their analysis around power in order to shift power to advance towards racial justice now.

Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power is the second training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will strengthen participants' collective analysis of power while providing useful tools and framework to shift power within groups, institutions and other formations seeking to advance racial justice in this time.

April 28, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
Neurobiology of Addiction for Youth and Young Adults

This training focuses on the brain structures and systems involved in addiction, the role of learning in the addiction process, and the critical neurological differences between youth and adults. We will first review typical adolescent brain development and how substances can impact the brain’s reward pathway system, leading to addiction.  We will also discuss the impact of both adverse childhood experiences and mental health challenges on neurodevelopment. 

We will then focus on the disease model of addiction (as defined by the medical community and evidenced by research), and the role that key regions of the brain play in the development of substance use disorders. We will discuss what takes place at the synaptic cleft when neurons are impacted by substances, and how this changes brain functioning in both the short-term and long-term.  Finally, we will review the implications of the neurobiology of addiction for youth and young adults in recovery and discuss ways that we can help support their recovery over time.

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

April 29, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm
Building Racial Equity: Foundations

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, these trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

Building Racial Equity: Foundations is the first and “foundational” training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will introduce participants to concepts, frames, and tools that are essential to a productive racial equity practice. Attending this training is required to participate in subsequent series trainings.

April 30, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
Resource Launch: Prevention Specialist Onboarding Guide

This resource aims to meet universal developmental training needs of the substance misuse prevention workforce in New England. It is not specific to any one funding source or program and can be used by new preventionists entering the field working in any federal, state, or locally funded prevention coalition, organization, or initiative. Join us to learn about the tool and how you can use it to onboard new substance misuse prevention staff. View and download the New England Prevention Specialist Onboarding and Orientation Roadmap 2021.

May 3, 2021
10:00 - 11:00am
Building Racial Equity: Foundations

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, these trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

Building Racial Equity: Foundations is the first and “foundational” training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will introduce participants to concepts, frames, and tools that are essential to a productive racial equity practice. Attending this training is required to participate in subsequent series trainings.

May 4, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
Community Organizing 102: Building Powerful Campaigns

“Building Powerful Campaigns” is a hands-on 2 day workshop series on creating campaigns that both achieve wins and build the abilities of grassroots leaders. The training will delve into the many stages of campaigns, including research, education and mobilization, negotiation, protest/struggle, achieving win-wins, and celebration/follow up. Using interactive exercises and case studies, this workshop will offer concrete approaches and tools for power analysis, strategy design, managing coalitions, and messaging. Threaded throughout, we will emphasize the role of the organizer as coach, who supports community leaders to be the true drivers of campaigns. This training is intended for staff members and community leaders who have some experience in community engagement and organizing.

May 5, 2021
9:00 - 11:30am
Racial Equity Facilitators Feedback Circle

The Racial Equity Facilitator Feedback Circles are a series of free events to foster community for an inclusive group of racial justice-minded professionals. We discuss topics, skills, and experiences that are helpful for facilitators as well as share resources amongst the group. The group meets every 6 weeks to convene about a range of subjects selected through a feedback survey for participants. Each meeting will feature an activity and/or speaker that will help guide the conversation. The REF group is open to any person who facilitates conversations about race for clients, organizations, or even on individual levels.

Please email Lia Downing at liad@macdc.org if you would be interested in joining the group.

May 5, 2021
2:30 - 4:00pm
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. 

May 6, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm
Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial justice. Our expectation is that those who attend this training are actively engaged in racial equity work and are ready to build their analysis around power in order to shift power to advance towards racial justice now.

Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power is the second training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will strengthen participants' collective analysis of power while providing useful tools and framework to shift power within groups, institutions and other formations seeking to advance racial justice in this time.

May 6, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
The Power of Prevention: How to Leverage National Prevention Week (NPW) for Effective Community Prevention Strategies

This 60-minute webinar (in collaboration with the Prevention Technology Transfer Network (PTTC)) will focus on how communities can actualize the goals of NPW to strengthen their community prevention efforts. The webinar will demonstrate the benefits of getting involved with NPW by unveiling new tools and resources relevant to the NPW five daily themes and how building relationships with collaborative organizations can be an effective strategy for prevention success.

Specifically, this webinar will be constructed in three segments. The first segment will begin with a welcome and introduction from the CSAP Director, then shift to the history and purpose of NPW. The second segment will highlight two diverse evidenced-based programs/grantees from across the country, in addition to the release of new SAMHSA products (including the new app for the SAMHSA’s Talk. They Hear You. underage drinking campaign). The third segment will end with a closing message from the Acting Assistant Secretary, Tom Coderre who will then unveil the “Youth Leading Prevention” challenge video which will demonstrate prevention in action across the country.

May 10, 2021
1:00 - 2:00pm
Building Racial Equity: Foundations

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, these trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

Building Racial Equity: Foundations is the first and “foundational” training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will introduce participants to concepts, frames, and tools that are essential to a productive racial equity practice. Attending this training is required to participate in subsequent series trainings.

May 11, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
Child Welfare and Trauma-to-Prison Pipeline

Participants will gain an understanding of “multi-System” youth who are involved with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This includes an analysis of factors that lead to these youth being among the most vulnerable in our state with a greater likelihood of suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues, disproportionately experiencing difficulties learning or engaging in school and being more likely to enter the juvenile and later criminal justice system.

May 12, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm
Building Racial Equity: Foundations

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, these trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

Building Racial Equity: Foundations is the first and “foundational” training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will introduce participants to concepts, frames, and tools that are essential to a productive racial equity practice. Attending this training is required to participate in subsequent series trainings.

May 13, 2021
12:00 - 6:30pm
Virtual Learning Lab: What Implementation Experts Need to Know About Program Fidelity

The purpose of the virtual learning lab is to expand on the information delivered in the presentation, “Applying Prevention Science to Practice: What Implementation Experts Need to Know About Program Fidelity”.  The virtual learning lab will provide an opportunity for conversation between prevention professionals, guided by facilitators, to provide a greater level of detail and understanding into the key concepts of the topics addressed. Anticipated goals of virtual learning lab include; increased knowledge transfer, increased network development, opportunities to trouble-shoot real life items.

May 18, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm