Forest, Va. — Featuring the participation of the Department of Health and Human Services, the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) is offering a FREE specialized training in opioid crisis response for mental health leaders, pastors, coaches, lay helpers, concerned family members and community leaders on September 26 as part of its 2018 Mega National Christian Counseling Conference in Dallas, Texas. The training, titled “The Opioid Crisis: Creating an Effective Church and Community Collaboration and Resolution Response,” will include expert presenters from Pathway Healthcare, a leading addiction treatment provider, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The opioid crisis was responsible for 75% of the reported 64,000 overdose deaths in 2017, prompting the Trump administration to declare the epidemic a national emergency.
“The opioid crisis has twisted its addictive tentacles into the lives of far too many Americans,” says Dina Jones, Director of Professional and Public Relations at the AACC, “which is why the AACC is proud to offer such critical training to equip those on the front lines with a better understanding of the effects of opioid addiction on the body, mind and soul. The core of this program is designed to boost collaboration between mental health professionals, government leaders, health care providers, churches and community organizations to fight the epidemic.”
Dr. Tim Clinton, AACC president, says the Church must “help lead the way” in addressing the national opioid crisis. He went on to say, “the AACC is honored to have the participation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help bring awareness and specialized training to counselors, pastors and more.”
Attendees will learn how to identify an opioid addiction, support family members, begin and strengthen local programs and how to advocate for pain management as an alternative to opioid prescription.
Five (5) CE credits are available for attending this training for a small fee, to be paid on-site.
- David Jenkins, Psy.D., Director of Liberty University’s M.A. in Addiction Counseling program
- Shannon Royce, J.D., Esq., Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- Ben O’Dell, Program Specialist at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- Scott Olson, President and CEO of Pathway Healthcare
- Brett Roth, MD, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
The Opioid Crisis: Creating an Effective Church and Community Collaboration and Resolution Response
September 26th from 3:30 – 9:30 PM
General Session: 3:30 – 6:00 PM
Panel Session: 7:00 – 9:30 PM
WHERE: Hilton Anatole
2201 N. Stemmons Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75207
For more information and to register for free, call 800-526-8673 or visit: https://www.aacc.net/product/opioid-crisis-response-specialized-training/
The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) is the world’s largest and most diverse association of Christian counseling professionals. The AACC’s mission is to equip the entire community of care, including licensed professionals, pastors and lay caregivers, with biblical truth and psychosocial insights so they can minister to hurting persons and help them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence and mental stability. The AACC accomplishes this mission through its widely attended events, its educational programs and materials available via Light University and its other publications.
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