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Our new reality requires social workers, addiction counselors, and other behavioral health practitioners to be aware of emerging trends in drug use - both prescribed and illicit.

When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
9:00PM - 4:30PM
Where: Alliance Rocky Hill Offices
35 Cold Spring Rd
Building 500, 2nd Floor
Rocky Hill, Connecticut  06067
United States
Contact: Katie Breslin

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Current Trends in Street Drugs & Prescription Medications

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


Training Objectives:

  • To review the traditional drug categories of abuse,

  • To explore the difference between substance use versus substance induced disorders related to the drugs of abuse,

  • To explore addiction potential as it relates to potency and routes of administration,

  • To discuss specific use trends and their impact on varying special populations,

  • To review the "new synthetic drugs" that are replacing traditional drugs of abuse,

  • To learn best practices MAT options for treatment of substance use disorders



Mary 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:

The Early Bird Discount is available until May 2, 2018.

  • $65 for Members
  • $120 for Not-Yet-Members

Regular registration fees are:

  • $90 for Members
  • $145 for Not-Yet-Members

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.


This training has been approved for 5 Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

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