Where There's Life, There's Hope:

Diminishing Risk in The Midst of The Opioid Epidemic

Interested in the topic? Check out Opioids: Whole Person Approach Training
 September 12, 2019, 9am - 4:30pm | Sign-In 8am | $50
Van Asher & Dr. Sharon Stancliff

Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103


We are currently facing a national and statewide opioid crisis which demands enhanced treatment services, recovery supports, and prevention initiatives. Despite increased availability of these systems and interventions, there are still many individuals affected for whom traditional services have not worked and harm reduction becomes an alternative. The statewide conference will bring together experts in the field of addiction and substance use to discuss approaches to reduce risk for those who struggle with an opioid use disorder. Keynote speakers Van Asher and Sharon Stancliff, MD, will challenge the definition of recovery and present innovative ways to address the opioid crisis. Breakout session presenters will pay particular attention to the roles of community organizing, clinical work, first responders, prevention, and adolescent substance use.

Seeking Vendors

Vendor tables are available for $250 which includes a maximum of two staff members and includes the cost of a deli style lunch. Please email training@womensconsortium.org to inquire about becoming a vendor. Payment is accepted via check or credit card.



AM| Harm Reduction: It's Not Just the Drugs | Van Asher

PM| Applying Harm Reduction Across Services | Sharon Stancliff, MD

Special luncheon presentation by Sarah Howroyd, LMSW

Community Organizing

Morning Breakout - 10:45am-12:15pm | Developing & Managing a User’s Union or Advocacy Group | Beatrice Codianni, Shawn M. Lang & Jess Tilley

Afternoon Breakout - 1:15pm - 2:45pm | Community Public Health Initiatives | Marianne Buchelli, MPH, MBA, CHES, Mark Jenkins & Joanne Montgomery


Clinical Considerations

Morning Breakout - 10:45am-12:15pm | Leveraging the Emergency Department for Harm Reduction & Treatment Initiation of Opioid Use Disorder | Kathryn Hawk, MD, MHS

Afternoon Breakout - 1:15pm - 2:45pm | MAT for High-Risk Populations | Charles Atkins, MD


First Responders

Morning Breakout - 10:45am-12:15pm | EMS Opioid Overdose Reporting Project | Peter Canning, RN & Suzanne Doyon, MD, MPH

Afternoon Breakout - 1:15pm - 2:45pm | How One Community is Putting Harm Reduction Front & Center | Jennifer Muggeo, MPH


Prevention Approaches

Morning Breakout - 10:45am-12:15pm | Harm Reduction in Media & Technology | Van Asher & O’Donnell Group

Afternoon Breakout - 1:15pm - 2:45pm | All About Narcan | Jennifer Dewitt, Allison Fulton & Pam Mautte, MS, CPP-R, MCHES



Morning Breakout - 10:45am-12:15pm | The Invitation to Change Approach: combining CRAFT, MI, and ACT to help families struggling with substances | CMC Foundation for Change

Afternoon Breakout - 1:15pm - 2:45pm | Dying in Vein Documentary & Discussion | Gabriela Krainer, LCSW, LADC & Hector Maldonado

Conference participants will…

• be able to re-evaluate their definitions of recovery;

• understand the need to implement harm reduction into traditional treatment modalities;

• become willing to look for new solutions to re-examine what no longer works in this new era of overdose;

• learn best practices in prescribing buprenorphine;

• incorporate person centered terms into language describing people who use drugs; and,

• use phrasing to discuss syringe access and overdose prevention in the context of drug treatment.



Differing registration policies apply for this large events to accommodate venue policies, register early!

6 Credits/CECs

Meal options include a Chicken (Gluten Free) or Vegan (Gluten Free) option.

This offsite event is coordinated with the CT Convention Center's venue accessibility. Please confirm all requests a minimum of one month in advance so we can ensure access with the venues policies.  Learn more about about their wheelchair access and service animals access on their website.


A parking garage is attached to the Connecticut Convention Center. Oversized vehicles can be accommodated on an on-site surface parking lot. ​Please contact LAZ Parking at (860) 728-2598 for questions about handicap accessible parking. Discount coupons for conference guests from 7am-4:30pm are for $11.

Forget to Sign In or Out? Arriving Late or Leaving Early? You Will Not Get Credits

In accordance with accreditation standards, credits are only given to those individuals who have completed training in the entire workshop. Partial credit is not given.  You are required to sign in and out, before and after the training to receive credit. As this is an offsite event, we suggest arriving early to accommodate parking time.  

Resources from previous Opioid & Medication Assisted Treatment Events

Watch the September 21,2018 Conference on CT-N

Watch the film  Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict
*Please note this film depicts drug use, strong language, and graphic images. 

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