GBGM's Cynthia Sloan to Attend Jan. 13 Understanding Addiction Training in Sacramento

December 30, 2008

The Rev. Cynthia Sloan, program associate for the General Board of Global Ministries' Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV), will attend a January 13 training event in Sacramento designed to provide pastoral leadership staff with core competencies for addressing alcohol and drug dependence and its impact on family members.

The one-day training targets congregational leaders as well as clergy.
It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, 1115 Auditorium, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817.
Rev. Sloan coordinates the delivery of training and resources for clergy and congregational ministry development for SPSARV. She is a licensed clinical addictions specialist in the state of North Carolina and an ordained deacon of the Western North Carolina Conference.
The workshop is an outgrowth of the national "Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery: Strategies and Tools for Clergy and Other Congregational Leaders" project, sponsored by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and National Association for Children of Alcoholics. The project seeks 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.
Those attending 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. The event will include discussion of strategies to inform congregations. 
Cost is just $20, payable to Interfaith Services Bureau. Call or email Marilyn Chavis at 916-448-2212 or to reserve your place. Sign up today!
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Parking is available next door to the center.
Download flyer/registration form here. (Note: this file is somewhat slow to open.)
Read article by the Rev. Cynthia Sloan, "Family Response," here.
For related information, visit California-Nevada Annual Conference Recovery Ministry page.