Continuing Education Event – Treating Addiction with Compassion, Connection, and Kinship – Newark, DE – 9/25/2019

Date & Time

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:00 am

Ends at 1:00 PM


The Tower at STAR - University of Delaware - South Entrance

100 Discovery Blvd.

This event is being hosted in partnership with the University of Delaware’s Partnership for Healthy Communities.

Cultivating compassion, connection and kinship goes beyond feeling more empathy and concern for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, resilience in the face of life’s challenges, and the courage to take compassionate action. These qualities support a wide range of goals, from improving personal relationships to making a positive difference to those suffering from the disease of addiction. Preliminary research suggests that creating environment of compassion, connection, and kinship lead to healing and understanding. Similar programs can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduces stress, anxiety, and enhanced connection with others. These are beneficial practices for those who work in the behavioral health field, as well as those who are connected to those in active addiction, and recovery.

Learning Objectives: In attending the course, participants will learn

a) Basic psychological education pertaining to the dynamic interactions between thoughts, emotions, and feelings, and their relation to one’s well-being. How this intersects with trauma and healing relating to substance use disorders.

b) A cognitive reorientation of outlook, so that there is a deeper recognition of the value of compassion, connection and kinship especially in relation to one’s own peace and happiness, and in treating others. How do we create an environment of compassion, connection, and kinship that fosters healing for those that are suffering from the disease of addiction?

c) Creative interactive practical exercises that could help evoke specific affective states relative to the themes of compassion, connection and kinship (for example, these could include sharing a story and exploring how a compassionate response to specific events could unfold).

This training is free and open to everyone.

Trainer Bio:
Domenica Personti, LCDP, ICADC, CCDP-D, CPS
Domenica Personti holds the unique perspective of a person who has recovered from significant behavioral health challenges, a domestic violence survivor, and a provider of substance abuse and mental health services. She is a Trauma Informed Care Trainer and Master Implementation Specialist, and Overdose Prevention Trainer, Mental Health First Aid USA instructor, and trainer of Recovery Based Peer Support Programs. Mrs. Personti has over 18 years of experience in behavioral health and specializes in program development, implementation, quality assurance and consultation. Mrs. Personti obtained her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College, after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a Criminal Justice focus. Mrs. Personti is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional-Diplomat, and a Certified Prevention Specialist. Mrs. Personti has worked in the field of Behavioral Health since 1998, within many different modalities of treatment, and is currently the CEO of Bracebridge Hall. Mrs. Personti has specialized training in trauma informed care, medication assisted recovery, forensic mental health counseling, crisis management, criminal justice and justice involved populations, adolescent treatment, disease education, harm reduction, substance abuse and violence prevention. Mrs. Personti was trained as an Overdose Prevention Trainer and Naloxone Educator through the DOPE Project in San Francisco, California, which is a model Overdose Prevention Program that is part of the National Harm Reduction Coalition. Her ability to connect with the population she serves is what makes her successful.

Recovery Centers of America is a NAADAC approved education provider (#155307). This course qualifies for 3CE hours. NAADAC is an approved provider of continuing education through the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Counselors. Provider number: SWPR004170.

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