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Friday, February 22, 2019 8:00 am
Ends at 4:00 PM
Recovery Centers of America Outpatient at Wilmington
2383 Limestone Rd
Overdose prevention and response is an overlooked and underfunded need in most parts of the world. Interventions to reverse opiate overdose are safe and remarkably effective; while there is not yet a good antidote to stimulant overdose, stimulant users and harm reduction providers can learn skills to reduce risk and improve responses. The session offers an important opportunity to introduce simple training. Attendees of all knowledge and experience levels, and from all regions of the world will be welcome. This workshop will begin by teaching participants basic overdose prevention, recognition, and response techniques, including rescue breathing and basic information on Naloxone administration.
While we will focus on opiates, we will also discuss tips for reacting to stimulant overdose. The trainers will stress the importance of providing training and tools to drug users themselves, and will discuss models of service provision. We will explain how overdose programming can introduce participants to recovery services, and explore aftercare for overdose survivors. We will brainstorm with participants about first steps for implementing overdose prevention, and answer practical questions about starting interventions.
■ Epidemiology of overdose
■ Identifying symptoms of overdose
■ How to recognize and respond to an overdose
■ Preventive measures to avoid and overdose
This training is FREE and limited to 50 people. Please contact Natalia Sheehan at 610-994-2983 with any questions.
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, 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.
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