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The current opioid epidemic in the United States is not only a threat to the lives and the health of opioid misusers, but is an enormous challenge for those responding to the epidemic. We seek to provide a deeper understanding of the origins of substance misuse, how it has been and might be interrupted and prevented and how to support your own needs in working with opioid users.
Following this training, workshop participants will be able to:
This workshop is for Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors, National Certified Counselors, Nurses, Educators and Psychologists. The format will include lecture, small group activities, and large group discussion.
About the Speakers:
Mark Kennard is the Director of Community Services at Bridgewell. He has been an advocate for substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs for more than 35 years. Mark served as the Executive Director of Project COPE for 20 years, where he oversaw the growth and expansion of specialized behavioral health programs, residential treatment and recovery housing, and young adult diversion programming for individuals with substance use disorders.
Dr. Harvey Zarren is a dedicated physician and believer in using hope, humor and education to empower personal responsibility, Dr. Zarren has been caring for patients on the North Shore of Massachusetts since 1975. He practiced medicine as a cardiologist and internist for 32 years, and in 2001, Dr. Zarren focused his career on wellness, nutrition, and healing through Clinical Hypnosis and Healing Relationship. Dr. Zarren offers patients Wellness Consults during which he takes extensive histories until what is going on with a given patient makes sense enough to him so that he can help it make sense to the patient. Then, if appropriate, he utilizes Clinical Hypnosis to facilitate changes in body biology.
Richard Zombeck has been a featured contributor for The Huffington Post, a co-host for the popular liberal podcast, T&Z Talk. Network and radio appearances include, Al Jazeera America, Swedish Broadcasting, Huffington Post TV, The Jeff Santos Show, Revolution Radio Network, The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen Radio Show, NPR, and PRI Radio to name a few. Richard Zombeck has travelled around the US settling for periods of time in North Carolina where he worked as a newspaper reporter and then in Seattle, WA, where he launched a career as a technical writer for fortune 500 tech companies. He currently works at Partners Healthcare and North Shore Physicians Group as a Peer Support Specialist.