Workshops

Education and training are important parts of ensuring that Georgians have access to recovery resources, both in its treatment systems and in communities. 

 
The courses listed below are part of GCSA’s approach to reducing stigma around Substance Use Disorder, and building awareness of Peer Recovery Support Services, and the vital role peers play in a continuum of care focused on long-term substance abuse recovery.
 
In addition to these courses, GCSA has developed specialized instruction for organizations across Georgia and the nation. Please contact us if there is a need in your community or organization.

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC)

This training, which explains the differences between the traditional “Medical Model” of substance abuse treatment and the recovery model, a strengths-based approach informed by peer recovery support services, can be offered to provider organizations, behavioral health advocacy groups, persons in recovery and their families or as a public service in communities. We also offer this workshop for individuals and organizations thinking about providing peer support services. Click here to Learn More.

Recovery Messaging

Recovery Messaging training demonstrates the power of people in recovery and allies speaking in one unified voice. This training is based on Faces and Voices of Recovery’s years of research and polling to identify how to best reduce stigma and discrimination associated with substance use disorder and mental health. Individuals learn how to tell their stories and identify themselves as a person in long term recovery in a way that focuses on their strengths as individuals. Agencies can use this workshop to learn how the language they use has a long lasting impact on the peers they are serving. 

The Science of Addiction Recovery (SOAR)

This training, which explains the differences between the traditional “Medical Model” of substance abuse treatment and the recovery model, a strengths-based approach informed by peer recovery support services, can be offered to provider organizations, behavioral health advocacy groups, persons in recovery and their families or as a public service in communities. We also offer this workshop for individuals and organizations thinking about providing peer support services. Click here to Learn More.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational interviewing is a person-centered, evidence-based, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence with the peer. This training offers individuals an in-depth look into a form of peer support that helps shift an individual from a state of ambivalence to that of motivation towards positive change. This interactive training utilizes dyads and “real–play” scenarios which prepares participants to employ these skills in individual and group peer support settings.

Cultural Competency

Participants will be invited to explore what helps, what heals and how they can make a difference – as individuals and within their organizations. Through dialogues, courageous conversations and exposure to video and print media, participants will discover the strengths within themselves and their organizations and explore the ways they can enhance and build upon those strengths for services that are recovery oriented, inviting and supportive.