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May 11: Minnesota Workforce Forum

NAADAC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are joining forces with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Addiction Professionals (MNAP) and Metropolitan State University to reach out to build awareness and educate high school and college/university students about the benefits and opportunities in the substance use and mental health disorder professions in the hope of increasing the number of college/university students choosing to enter the behavioral health field and specializing in these disciplines.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, May 11 at Metropolitan State, Founders Hall and Great Hall, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, 55106.  Registration opens at 8 a.m.; lunch and exhibitors from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Admission is free and there will be food and door prizes.

The Forum will focus on the rewarding benefits of the substance use and mental health disorder disciplines that deliver not only a fulfilling life of helping others, but the opportunity for advancement and creativity.  In addition, students will learn about Minnesota’s workforce needs, state certification and licensing requirements, national certification opportunities, networking and mentoring connections, and other professional development opportunities. Finally, on-site students will visit with local substance use disorder treatment providers to learn more about employment and internship opportunities. The Forum will be live-streamed at partner satellite locations, and taped for future posting on NAADAC’s website.

Register online at the NAADAC website.

This event is organized and sponsored by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Addiction Professionals, and Metropolitan State.

Sept. 22: The Truth About Drugs

Addiction is real and a part of many people’s lives in some way. Drugs are a problem in our communities and they are easy to acquire, attain, and some are even considered socially acceptable.

Dr. Joy DeGruy and Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-District 40, are both passionate advocates for educating the community about this growing issue, and are leading a seminar that addresses:

  • Understanding where and how drugs are derived in Minnesota neighborhoods
  • Characterizing several different types of drugs, names of drugs, and the physical, emotional and social effects drugs have on human lives
  • Understanding the effects that drug use has on the nation’s youth and statistics of drug use by people age 18 years and younger
  • Understanding that addiction is a reality in many of the lives of our nation’s youth
  • Recognizing that a user can be addicted to a drug after a single use
  • Explaining the difficulty that an addict experiences in overcoming addiction, and the reality of physical and emotional ties to the drug (i.e., they can’t just “get over it”)
  • Learning about resources that are available and be able to effectively refer someone who is interested in recovery
  • Earning Continuing Educational Credits

Event: The Truth About Drugs
Time: 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
Date: Friday, Sept. 22
Location: North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue North
Grand Hall, East Parking Lot
Brooklyn Park

4.0 CE hours provided by Minnesota Addiction Professionals (MNAP),
a NAADAC Approved Education Provider.

$15 Registration Fee for CE Credits proceeds support NHCC Food Cupboard

Click on this link to register for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-truth-about-drugs-tickets-36936666564?aff=eac2

Click here to see the event flyer.