Counselors’ training session starts tomorrow

Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance (KPAA) officials said in a press release they are offering the third workshop in a series of professional substance-abusetraining workshops for substance- abuse counselors, mentalhealth professionals, social workers, and those who would like to become certified substance abuse counselors (CSACs).

“Ethical Standards for CSACs” will be presented by Christopher Brown, LCSW, BDC, CSAC, and is scheduled for Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Waipouli Beach.

Brown, who is employed by the state Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, will present this workshop, focusing on the 12 principles that comprise the Code of Ethics for Certified Substance Abuse Counselors.

Working in partnership with leaders with the County of Kaua‘i to implement the Kaua‘i Community Drug Response Plan, KPAA officials were awarded funding through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Methamphetamine program, to implement these training events.

The workshop will satisfy the requirements for 6.5 hours of continuing-education credits for substance-abuse counselors and other mental-health professionals.

The cost is $30, and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and training materials.

According to Diane Zachary, president and chief executive officer of KPAA, “Educational opportunities on Kaua‘i for professionals in this field will enable them to better meet the needs of recovering substance abusers and have a positive impact on reducing drug use in our community.” These trainings are a component of KPAA leaders’ drug-use mitigation goal, and communitybased efforts to combat the “ice” epidemic and other illegal drugs through prevention, treatment and re-integration programs.

This series is a way for professionals in the fields of healthcare, counseling and substance-abuse treatment, to enhance their knowledge and have greater success and impact in their roles as health care providers, she said.

Information and registration forms for the workshop are posted on KPAA’s Web site at www.

kauainetwork.org.

For questions about the series, contact Jude Chamberlin at 635- 0061.

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