2018 Georgia Association Counselor Association (GACA) Spring Training Conference & Retreat: Strategies & Solutions for the Opioid Epidemic

NAADAC's Executive Director, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, attend the 2018 Georgia Association Counselor Association (GACA) Spring Training Conference & Retreat, entitled Strategies & Solutions for the Opioid Epidemic, held in Saint Simons Island, Georgia on April 26-29, 2018.

The event offered a wide variety of trainings ranging from how to administer medical assisted treatment to cultural competence and diversity workshops to understanding Georgia‘s DUI laws.  Notable speakers included Virginia Dixon, the STR Project Director at the Office of Addictive Diseases, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, who presented on the state’s targeted response and available opioid grants, and James Cowser, MSSW, LCSW, MCAP, ICADC, from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, who discussed the important role both medical and spiritual interventions plays in the journey of recovery.

At the conference, the GACA Board of Directors convened and discussed with Moreno Tuohy mutual initiatives between GACA and NAADAC. Discussions were also had about the possibility of hosting a SAMHSA-NAADAC Workforce Forum in Georgia in the future. 

“I couldn’t think of a more beautiful venue to host an important regional conference that allowed the addiction professionals who attended to better serve their surrounding communities and allow clients to see the beauty of recovery,” said Moreno Tuohy about the event.

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