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National Recovery Month Events


Throughout September, the South Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (SSW ATTC) region will host several events to celebrate Recovery Month 2023. Learn more.

Featured Events


  • September 6, 12 - 1 p.m. ET – Week 1: Learn how to assess clients' motivation for treatment and identify behavior in the first session
  • September 13, 12 - 1 p.m. ET – Week 2: Learn skills for helping clients validate their emotions
  • September 20, 12 - 1 p.m. ET – Week 3: Learn skills for increasing client capacity to manage distress
  • September 27, 12 - 1 p.m. ET – Week 4: Learn skills for setting boundaries, practicing assertiveness, and advocating for clients' needs

As caring and competent providers, you realize the importance of having readily available tools to share with your clients whether you are meeting for the 1st or the 15th time. Few evidence-based practices offer relevant and accessible skills for decreasing distress, or the vulnerability to distress, like Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Although not a comprehensive DBT course, this 4-module seminar provides a snapshot of some of the foundational skills of DBT. Learn how you can integrate DBT-informed skills into your work with clients from a trauma psychologist trained in DBT approaches. This interactive 4-part series held on Wednesdays in September will offer didactic instruction, small group discussions, and opportunities for skill-building practice.

Topic: Evidence-based practices, training & skill development, trauma and stress

Recovery Month Events

Time: 1 – 3 p.m. ET

Throughout the United States, an estimated 1-2 million older adults are in need of substance use disorders (SUD) treatment. This presentation addresses evidence-based best practices for treating older adults with substance use disorder. Learning objectives:

  • Identify commonly used drugs for older adults and the risk associated with these substances.
  • Describe logistical differences in treating and responding to older adults with SUD.
  • Present affective treatment strategies for treating older adults.

Presenter: Randall Webber, M.P.H., CADC

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

FREE virtual training sponsored by Opioid Response Network in collaboration with Faces and Voices of Recovery. Este seminario web explorará las definiciones de recuperación y 10 guías principales, basándose en la investigación, la práctica y la experiencia personal de las personas en recuperación. Los participantes avanzarán en su comprensión de las cuatro dimensiones principales que sustentan una vida en recuperación: hogar, salud, propósito y comunidad. Comprendiendo las guías principales ayudará a promover las oportunidades de recuperación y aplicará estos conceptos para que los usen los compañeros, las familias, los financiadores, los proveedores y otros.

Topic: Guiding Principles of Recovery

Presenter: Carolina Ayala

Time: 9 - 10:30 a.m. ET

In celebration of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA’s Office of Recovery will release findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) that provide a more in-depth examination of the prevalence of recovery based on self-reports among Americans and what helps people to recover from their mental health and substance use conditions. Results will also be shared on how Americans in recovery reported they fared during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the nation faces a continued mental health crisis and an overdose epidemic, these findings are important to help individuals, families, and communities heal and find hope.

Time: 1 - 2 p.m. ET

FREE virtual training sponsored by Opioid Response Network in collaboration with Faces and Voices of Recovery. Thriving organizations make work enjoyable, have higher employee retention, and constantly strive to be the best for the communities they serve! This session will give you an overview of what a healthy work environment looks like, practical ways to reduce workplace conflict and turnover, and allow you to apply new skills to support staff and volunteer wellness.

Topic: Creating a Thriving Organization

Presenter: Alexia Jones

Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

This is an expanded version of the popular TOR Care & Share sessions that began in early 2020, now open to all prevention, treatment, and recovery professionals working with Native populations. This session is a guided discussion for participants to share their expertise, unique tribal and community practices, and offer peer-to-peer support for others serving Native people and tribal communities. Discussion topics are determined by registration responses.

Presenters: National American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) ATTC representatives

Time: 11 – 12:30 p.m. ET

Join us for a thought-provoking presentation that explores the vital topic of centering whole person wellness during the recovery journey. This engaging conversation will explore the multifaceted aspects of wellness, the significance of intersectionality and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) principles, and effective strategies for prioritizing the holistic well-being of individuals on their path to recovery.

This presentation will also include a panel discussion from young adults in recovery to gain insights into the challenges they've faced and how whole person wellness played a pivotal role in their journeys. Participants will:

  • Learn about the concept of whole person wellness: addressing physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of well-being.
  • Discuss how Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion principles are integral to creating supportive and accessible recovery environments.
  • Learn practical techniques to integrate physical, emotional, and mental health practices into the recovery journey.
  • Engage with a diverse panel of young adults sharing their personal recovery experiences.
  • Learn how to create inclusive spaces that uplift individuals from all backgrounds.
  • Identify actionable steps individuals and organizations can take to support holistic well-being.

Topic: Centering whole person wellness during the recovery journey

Presenter: Kris Locus (they/she), Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Project Coordinator, Network & Peer Empowerment Department, On Our Own of Maryland

Time: 1 - 2 p.m. ET

This workshop explores personal experiences with the involuntary emergency petition and inpatient hospitalization processes. It offers perspectives from What Helps What Harms young adult peer participants, examines the effects of involuntary hospitalization & law enforcement crisis services, and offers reflections on personal growth & recovery.

Topic: A look inside what forced treatment and hospitalization is really like and what damage it can do

Presenter: Huck Talwar, Training Specialist, Peer Training Services Department, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

FREE virtual training sponsored by the Opioid Response Network in collaboration with Faces and Voices of Recovery. En esta capacitación, los participantes obtendrán una comprensión de las prácticas de sentido común sobre cómo servir mejor a las poblaciones desatendidas, aprenderán cómo aplicar los principios de reducción de daños a su trabajo con sus pares y educarán a los miembros de la comunidad. con la esperanza de disminuir y eventualmente erradicar el estigma contra las personas que usan drogas en nuestras comunidades.

Topic: Advancing Harm Reduction approaches

Presenter: Carolina Ayala


  • September 22, 12:30 - 1 p.m. ET
  • September 28, 12:30 - 1 p.m. ET

Same training is being offered twice*

What is stigma? How does it play out? And what can we do about it? This webinar will explore these basic questions in an abbreviated format. Now more than ever, support is needed for mental health and substance use issues. People are more anxious, traumatized, and stressed than ever, exacerbated by recent upheavals in our communities, and changes to our way of life. And stigma is the biggest barrier to recovery from behavioral health challenges.

Topic: Mental Health and Substance Use Related Stigma, Recovery


  • R.J Barna, Anti-Stigma Project Coordinator, Community Engagement Department, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
  • Jackie Pettis, Recovery & Resiliency Manager, Behavioral Health Clinic Operations, Optum Maryland

Time: 1 - 3 p.m. ET

Did you know that there are eight different dimensions of wellness? Wellness is so much more than physical and mental health! The webinar will provide an overview of all eight dimensions, as well as introduce creative ideas for participants to work on a dimension of their choosing.

Topic: A look at the eight dimensions of wellness, how they apply to our lives, and how we can integrate more of them going forward

Presenter: Huck Talwar, Training Specialist, Peer Training Services Department, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET

Behavioral health is undergoing a significant change with a focus on measurement-based care that treats to defined targets like other medical conditions. Primary care and specialty behavioral health practices can lead this change by moving beyond simply screening and follow-up plans to identify targets and then using validated measurement tools to assess treatment response and adjust treatment according to outcomes. Examples include the PHQ9 for depression, GAD7 for anxiety, and Vanderbilt for ADHD, etc. These tools will be applied in a systematic fashion according to guidelines and not just at the time of the clinical encounter. Data is entered into the registry for tracking and treatment adjustment in a stepped-care fashion to determine when and if a patient requires treatment adjustment or transfer to a higher level of care. Advancing this approach for the treatment of behavioral health conditions is a central tool for enhancing and informing population health and providing better metrics on behavioral health need and improvement.

Presenter(s) – Southeast Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC)

Time: 1 p.m. ET

This webinar is a call to action for recovery leadership to collaborate with pioneers of emerging systems and ally with other social movements to transform communities and society and as we transform individual lives.

The webinar will provide a panel of Pioneer Recovery Leaders, who have laid the recovery landscape from around the country, an opportunity to weigh in on the study. Unlocking the Potential of Recovery Community Organizations and Peer Recovery Support Services – Faces and Voices of Recovery

Topic: Key issues underlying the need for action to bring about broad systems change


  • Kenneth D. Smith, PhD Smith, Assistant Professor of Public Health, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Robin Peyson, RLPeyson Consulting

Time: 1 - 2 p.m. ET

Join the ATTC and MHTTC Networks, in collaboration with SAMHSA for this hour-long event showcasing the winners of the 2022 Recovery Innovation Challenge through a “talk-show” format. Up to five Challenge Winners will share their innovative strategies for recovery, lessons learned from implementation, and recommendations for replication in other communities.

Presenters: Hushabye Nursery, The D. Wood Foundation, Inc., The Women’s Home, and Nevada Caring Contacts.

Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

The conference is sponsored by Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center (GBHWC) and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (HHS Region 9).

Presenters: Access full list here

Time: 12 - 1 p.m. ET

Discussion of the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Career Outcomes Study which involved nearly 600 CPS in four states from 2020-2022. In data analyses, we compared the experiences of CPS individuals who work in peer support to those who work in other industries to understand the challenges and advantages of post-certification peer support work. This presentation highlights:

  • Important findings related to workplace burnout
  • The relationship between wages and financial wellbeing
  • How CPS are filling gaps in the service system in rural and other provider shortage areas

The presentation will conclude with:

  • A summary of next steps for study analyses
  • Lessons learned from the project
  • Suggestions for future research and policy change that will support the growth and sustainability of the peer workforce

Topic: Research findings on burnout and financial wellbeing of Certified Peer Specialists and how this workforce may combat practitioner shortages

Presenter: Laysha Ostrow, Ph.D.

Time: 12 - 2:30 p.m. ET

A 2-hour interactive webinar designed to reduce stigmatizing behaviors, attitudes and practices within the mental health and addiction recovery communities with a focus on opioid use disorders (OUD) and medication-based treatment (MBT). Participants will:

  • Examine the impact of substance use-related stigma on the behavioral health system and its stakeholders.
  • Develop strategies and action steps to remediate it both personally and within their organizations.

This public workshop is collecting response data as part of ongoing research with UMB's IRIS project to develop and measure stigma-reduction tools, especially seeking the participation of providers, staff, and peers who work in/around these issues.

Topic: Substance Use-Related Stigma, Opioid Use Disorders, Medication-Based Treatment (MBT)


  • R.J Barna, Anti-Stigma Project Coordinator, Community Engagement Department, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
  • Yvonne Perrett, Founder of SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) and the Executive Director of Advocacy & Training Center

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

This webinar introduces NCSACW’s new publication, Building Hope for Families Affected by Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders: A Blueprint for an Effective System of Care to Promote Lasting Recovery and Family Well-Being. Join us as we discuss concrete strategies collaboratives can use to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use and mental health disorders. Learn more about:

  • Lessons and strategies sites use to implement the pillars of an effective system of care while promoting hope and recovery for families
  • Children and Family Future’s 10 Essential Pillars of an Effective System of Care—and corresponding strategies for practitioners/policymakers
  • Regional Partnership Grants and in-depth technical assistance initiatives

Topic: Tribes, states, counties, and communities have long grappled with parental substance use disorders and their associated risks to child and family safety, health, and well-being. The opioid epidemic, along with recent—and significant—increases in drug overdose deaths, have exacerbated the challenges of serving these families and meeting their complex needs. Still, professionals have taken major steps toward identifying the most effective strategies that keep families safely together—so they can heal together.

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

FREE virtual training sponsored by the Opioid Response Network in collaboration with Faces and Voices of Recovery. El lenguaje es nuestra herramienta más poderosa para combatir los efectos del estigma dentro de la comunidad de recuperación. Esta sesión se centrará en cómo utilizar nuestras palabras para crear una mayor inclusión, aplicar estrategias para desestigmatizar a las personas con trastorno por consumo de sustancias y realizar auditorías lingüísticas dentro de su organización.

Presenter: Carolina Ayala

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