Understanding Addiction Training Offered to Pastors, Congregational Leaders in January

December 10, 2008

The American Association of Pastoral Counselors and National Association for Children of Alcoholics, joint sponsors of the "Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery: Strategies and Tools for Clergy and Other Congregational Leaders" project, will offer a one-day training event in Sacramento, California on Tuesday, January 13.

The event is designed to provide pastoral leadership staff with core competencies on addressing alcohol and drug dependence and its impact on family members, along with discussion of strategies to inform their congregations. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, 1115 Auditorium, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817.
The Sacramento area is partnering in this national effort to deliver information and support to individuals and family members in congregations who are impacted by alcohol or drug dependence. Organizers hope clergy in the California-Nevada Annual Conference will take advantage of the potential benefits for their congregation by attending, or designating someone to attend, the one-day training.
They can expect to learn how addiction impacts physical, emotional, and mental and spiritual development as well as family and community life; successful strategies to raise awareness in their congregation and disseminate information about alcohol and drug dependence; what prevention, treatment and recovery services are available in this region; and simple actions clergy can take within their congregations to reduce the suffering from addictions. 
Cost is $20, payable to Interfaith Services Bureau. Call or email Marilyn Chavis at 916-448-2212 or marilyn@isbsacramento.org to reserve your place.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Parking is available next door to the center.
Download flyer/registration form here.