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Creating Safe Havens: Recovery Ally Training for Faith Communities


There are two opportunities to attend this training:

November 23 at Christ and St. Luke’s in Norfolk
December 7 at St. David’s in Chesterfield

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Registration Fee: $10 and includes lunch.
Some scholarships are available. Contact the Rev. Lauren McDonald for information, revlauren4@gmail.com.

The Addictions & Recovery Commission (ARC), in partnership with the SpiritWorks Institute for Recovery & Resilience (SIRR), is excited to offer Recovery Ally Training for Faith Communities.  The aim of Recovery Ally Training for Faith Communities is to foster church’s ability to provide a safe haven for individuals, children, youth and other family members in or seeking recovery.  Safe Havens allow people affected by addiction to feel accepted, to be empowered to live genuinely, to feel comfortable asking for help and to be celebrated by the faith community.  By becoming a Recovery Ally, you and your parish are declaring to the addiction & recovery that you embody these ideals.

The Recovery Ally Training for Faith Communities is strongly recommended for any lay leader or clergy interested in being an ally for individuals and families in or seeking recovery that they engage with.  This training will be led by a Recovery Ally trainer and a ARC member.

Recovery Ally Programs is specifically designed to increase a faith community’s recovery capital, decrease stigma and grow intervention skills. This version will be a modular training that will explore recovery concepts particularly as they relate to the context of churches and other faith communities. 

Individual modules will include: Recovery Messaging, Young Adults, Families, Faith Communities, Basic Science, Employers, What Does Any Ally Do, Philosophies of Care, Pathways to Recovery, Language, Opioids.

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Last Published: December 5, 2019 7:20 AM