Continuing Education Event – Treating Addictions with Justice Involved Populations – Elkton, MD – 2/25/20
Research shows that Justice involved populations enter into treatment with a higher prevalence of trauma. In order to treat this population effectively we need to address the trauma in combination with the addiction symptomology. Trauma is a challenging topic not only for the patients, but for providers and support staff as well. In this workshop, participants will learn about the various types of trauma individuals justice involved individuals experience and the impact of such traumas interpersonally. The workshop will educate attendees on techniques and interventions that can be utilized in creating a trauma informed space for healing and an environment that benefits direct service and support staff.
There are a number of promising programs that incorporate principles derived from research on justice involved populations (e.g., strength-based, trauma-informed, addressing substance use, parenting, and employment), which are beginning to report positive outcomes. However, effective individual treatment interventions, while important, are not enough on their own to address the full spectrum of needs and challenges presented. Justice involved individuals, especially women, are more likely to be successful when staff utilize a comprehensive and coordinated case management approach.
• Identify challenges that historically exist with this population
• Identify different types of trauma to which individuals may have been exposed
• Identify different potential trauma reactions
• Identify different techniques suited for use in dealing with trauma with justice involved individuals
• Identify key interventions in working with specialized populations including tools and techniques to establish and build rapport
Domenica Personti, MS, LCDP
Domenica Personti, LCDP 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. 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 has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7002. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Recovery Centers of America is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 3 NBCC hours.