New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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Community Organizing for Prevention & Recovery

  • June 24, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301
  • 32


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A 6 hour training event with Sandra Puerini Del Sesto, M.Ed, ACPS

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

PRESENTATION:  Engaging community leaders and other influencers in a community has always been critical for organizing community prevention and recovery efforts. Effective community organizing skills are more important than ever in a changing social service world. This course will review principles of basic community organizing. Strategies for prevention and recovery groups to proactively engage all those decision makers involved in behavioral healthcare and primary care will be discussed. The many rich opportunities for prevention organizations and recovery organizations to collaborate with each other to further many mutual goals in their community will also be addressed. In addition to specific organizing strategies, this course will provide opportunity for discussion, role play and interaction across disciplines.  As a result of attending this training participants will be able to:  Describe the basic principles of community organizing; Identify 1-2 potential partners from other sectors in the community; and discuss strategies for engaging (and retaining) these partners in collaborative efforts.

PRESENTER:  Sandra Puerini Del Sesto, M.Ed, ACPS, is a consultant and master trainer who has provided community and strategic planning, program development, and capacity building in all areas of prevention practice throughout the United States. For 20 years she worked in this capacity for the US Center for the Application of Prevention Technology (CAPT). She was the founder and for 30 years the executive director of Initiatives for Human Development, a statewide, multi-service prevention program, and a founder of CODAC, RI’s largest non-profit treatment program. She has worked extensively at both the community and state levels directing a statewide prevention agency, developing strategic prevention/behavioral health care plans, creating curriculum and programs for at-risk youth and families as well as instructional guidelines for substance misuse and mental health education. In addition to her prevention work, she was the founding director of the Institute for Addiction Recovery at RI College and is board chair of RI’s largest statewide multi-service treatment program. She is a member of the faculty and advisory board of the New England School of Addiction Studies, a member of the advisory board for the National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) and the New England PTTC, and a member of the Board of Directors and the Prevention Committee Co-Chair of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), the international organization that certifies professionals working in behavioral health. Sandra is a co-author of the CAPT’s Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST) and its basic and advanced Prevention Ethics as well as many other courses and webinars. Sandra received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College (Newton), and her Master’s degree in counselor education from Rhode Island College. She also completed a certificate program in non-profit management through Brown University in Providence. Ms. Del Sesto is an advanced certified prevention specialist.

Fee:  *NHADACA Members:  $55; *Non-Members $65; *NBCC add $5.    Lunch will be on your own.    For registration information contact:  603-225-7060,

For registration information contact:  603-225-7060,

6 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Domains: 6
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 6, 7, 15, 18
CRSW Performance Domains:  4
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


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