Deadline today for CSAC class

Today is the pre-registration deadline for a confidentiality seminar for substance-abuse counselors, mental-health professionals, social workers, and others who would like to become certified substance-abuse counselors (CSACs).

The session is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Waipouli Beach, announced organizers with the Kaua’i Planning and Action Alliance in a press release.

“Confidentiality and Privacy for CSACs: How to Comply with Federal Regulations” will be led by O’ahu expert Christopher Brown, LCSW, BDC, CSAC, who is with the state Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.

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.

“This training is designed to help build skills among the island’s substance-abuse counselors and others combating the epidemic of ice (crystal methamphetamine) and other illegal drugs,” according to Diane Zachary, president and chief executive officer of the Kaua’i Planning & Action Alliance.

To support their drug-use-mitigation goal, KPAA leaders received funding from officials of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Methamphetamine program, to implement training events through June 2006.

Registration information is posted on KPAA’s Web site at www.kauainetwork.org. For questions, contact KPAA’s training coordinator, Jude Chamberlin, at 635-0061, or call the KPAA Lihu’e office at 632-2005.

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