INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society has provided a grant for a free one-day training event here on helping persons with substance-abuse or gambling problems in faith-based communities. The “First Responder Conference” will be Friday, Sept. 13, at Meridian Corporate Plaza Two from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Workshop will assist attendees in preparing a stock of resources that enable responding to the needs of people with or at risk for alcohol, drug or gambling problems.
Goal of the conference is to increase awareness of what prevention is; what treatment is; what recovery supports are available; what resources are available to support and provide guidance to those who experience substance or gambling problems; and how to advocate for effective public policy.
The workshop will assist attendees in preparing a stock of resources that enable responding to the needs of people with or at risk for alcohol, drug or gambling problems.
Content will include mental-health and addiction issues including gambling in Indiana and information on SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment).
Two panels are planned: One will share successful program ideas; the other consisting of persons in recovery will share what it was like, what happened, and what it is like today.
Attendees will receive resources to:
- Equip them to provide information about Help lines; websites; sources for interventions; referrals to community resources for prevention, treatment and recovery.
- Build a recovery assistance leadership group and ministry support system within their faith-based community to help those affected by addictions.
Featured presenters include the following:
- Julia Olsen, bureau chief, Indiana Div. of Mental Health & Addiction, Promotion & Prevention
- Dennis Ailes, Chemical Addiction bureau chief, Indiana Office of Recovery Integration, Prevention & Policy
- The Rev. Janet Jacobs, Gambling Recovery Ministries
- Larry Long, program director, Gambling Treatment, Co-Occurring Disorders & Forensic Projects, Indiana Family & Social Services Administration
- Roni Ford, ATR III project director, Indiana Family & Social Services Administration
- The Rev. Cynthia Abrams, director of Alcohol, Other Addictions & Health Care, Church General Board of Church & Society
Registration deadline is Sept. 10. Seven Continuing Education Units are available.
The program grant was provided by the General Board of Church & Society’s work area on Alcohol, Other Addictions & Health Care.