Seminar: Understanding the Impact of Addiction and Supporting Recovery

On Thursday, September 15, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, HOPE for NH Recovery and the New Hampshire Council of Churches are co-hosting a free seminar for clergy and other congregational leaders to receive the latest information, resources and strategies on how to educate and give hope to individuals and families suffering from the impact of substance use disorders. The event, Understanding the Impact of Addiction and Supporting Recovery: Strategies and Tools for Clergy and other Congregational Leaders,  is at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester at 700 Elm Street.

Presenters include The Rev. Fred L. Smoot, M.Div., Ph.D., C.P.E. Supervisor, Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, CA and Sis Wenger, President/CEO - National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA).

The session has the following objectives:

● To raise awareness of how addiction to alcohol and other drugs impacts individuals and their families;

● To discuss the role of clergy and congregations in offering information, hope and recovery support for individuals and family members (especially children and youth) affected by alcohol and drug abuse;

● To review core competencies for clergy and other pastoral ministers and learn of practical strategies for implementation of community and faith prevention and recovery support programs;

● To connect with local prevention, treatment, and recovery support organizations to address substance use disorders and the faith community's role in prevention, screening and brief intervention to arrest the problem and recovery support.

This seminar is provided by The Clergy Education and Training Project® of NACoA in collaboration with theAmerican Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (AAPC).

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