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This full-day training will review traditional drug categories, with extra emphasis placed on the "emerging trends" of substances used, their effects, and the medically assisted therapies for each.

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Alliance Rocky Hill Offices
35 Cold Spring Road
Bldg 500, 2nd Floor
Rocky Hill, Connecticut  06067
United States
Presenter: Mary-K O'Sullivan, LMFT, LADC, LPC
Contact: Odessa Lopez

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Current Trends in Street Drugs & Prescription Medications


According to, more people in Connecticut are dying from overdoses than in car accidents. In this new reality, social workers, addiction counselors, and other behavioral health practitioners need to be aware of the emerging trends in drug use - both prescribed and illicit. New drugs and drug use trends are bursting onto scene at a rapid pace.


In this full-day training, participants will review the major categories of the substances of abuse, obtain updates upon traditional drugs of abuse, and learn about the range of synthetic drugs that are flooding the street. In addition, new medically assisted therapies (MAT) will be reviewed. This training will utilize large and small group learning activities as well as film vignettes to reinforce the information provided. 


Upon completion of this program, participants will 

1. Review traditional drug categories and their current level of abuse;

2. Distinguish between substance use and substance induced disorders related to drug abuse;

3. Discuss specific use trends and their impact on varying special populations;

4. Review the new synthetic drugs that are replacing traditional drugs of abuse; and

5. Implement best practices for MAT options for treatment. 


Certificate will be awarded to individuals who successfully complete the evaluation at the end of the course.

This training has been approved for 5.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours.

Mary O'Sullivan LMFT, LADC, LPC 
Mary-K O'Sullivan, LMFT, LADC, LPC, Clinical Manager and Clinical Trainer with over 27 years of experience, both nationally and internationally in both private and public sectors. In the State of Connecticut, Mary-K has trained for: Department of Corrections, Judicial Department, and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. As a trainer for the Division of Education and Training for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Judicial Department, Mary-K provides training to DOC staff, adult and juvenile probation officers, parole officers, juvenile residential services staff, bail staff, women's and family matters staff, clinicians, case managers, and medical staff.

Program Fees:

  • Early Bird registration is $75 for members and $130 for nonmembers
    The Early Bird Discount is available until September 22, 2017.
  • The member fee is $100.
  • The nonmember fee is $155 for general registration. 

This training does not qualify for the Nonprofit Center member discount.

The program fee covers workshop materials, assessment tools, and some meals. Payment is due in full upon registration and enrollment will not be guaranteed until payment is received. Some exclusions may apply.

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