A certificate of completion will be awarded to successful participants who attend the “Connections equals Community” workshop on October 8th.  Up to three (3) CEUs may be available pending program approval through the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.
We will address the issues of:
1) Connecting human service organizations to the church/faith community - how to make the connections? and understanding where the faith community is coming from.  You mentioned how providers see the church as hesitant and resistant to outside secular involvement and what human service providers see as a problem may be the church's way of vetting them or ensuring its own protection.
2)  Spiritual counseling or pastoral counseling and professional counseling how they can work together

3) The faith community and recovery efforts - How do we address recovery with the faith community and get buy in for professional and spiritual help?  Including that substance use is not the only recovery effort (gambling, sexual addiction, domestic violence).
4) Recovery ministry - what it is and how it works 
5) Developing and implementing a recovery ministry
The goal of this training is two-fold. First, development of linkages that enhance the probability of successfully addressing problems related to substance abuse disorders, mental health, health, and crime.
Connections, linkages with community partners such as faith communities, social services, law enforcement, and all human service providers are vital to truly defining community.
The first specific concerns to be addressed:
  1. Faith Communities are different
  2. Respect of roles across denominational divisions and diversity of faith entities in a community
  3. Focus on the identified needs without requiring agreement on differences
  4. Developing relationships is an organic process
  5. We speak different languages, but have the same goal
The second part of the training will be experiential, basic and inviting to all participants to become involved in the group/linkage process.

The silos created to protect the territory of each community partner are difficult to remove, therefore this process allows an emergence of ways to work collaboratively in spite of silos.

The process will address:
  1. Current drug use trends from your perspective
  2. Current prevention, intervention and treatment resources
  3. Models currently being used by community partners
  4. Visioning for the next 3-5 years