The Opioid Addiction Crisis: Creating an Effective Church and Community Collaboration and Resolution Strategy
Expert HHS Officials to Join Addiction Treatment Providers Hosting Practical Training for Faith Leaders to Help Combat the Opioid Crisis
Hosted by Houston Baptist University’s Global Center for Mental Healthcare and Ministry, the American Association of Christian Counselors is offering an Opioid Addiction Crisis Specialized Training in Houston, Texas, featuring the United States Department of Health & Human Services Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative on Saturday, February 16thfrom 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Houston Baptist University. This is a must-attend event for Christian ministry leaders, mental health providers, concerned family members, community leaders, and more.
The opioid crisis has left no demographic untouched. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that opioids were responsible for around 68% of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017.
Attendees will learn how to identify an opioid addiction, support family members, begin and strengthen local programs, and advocate for pain management as an alternative to opioid prescriptions.
Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, commented, “The AACC is honored help lead the way with these specialized trainings for counselors, pastors, and more.”
Who: Mental Health Leaders, Pastors, Coaches, Lay Helpers, Concerned Family Members, and Community Leaders
What: The Opioid Addiction Crisis: Creating an Effective Church and Community Collaboration and Resolution Strategy
When: February 16, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Informational Session: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lunch Break: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Panel Session: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Rd.
Houston, TX 77074
Instructors and Panelists
Instructor: Shannon Royce, Esq., is the director of the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her professional background includes both government and private sector experience. In government, she worked for more than seven years on Capitol Hill, including serving as Counsel to Senator Chuck Grassley (now Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee). In leading the Center, Shannon sees her role as one of service and stewardship, carrying out the vision of the Administration. She received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law. Shannon is married with two grown sons and enjoys running half-marathons for fun.
Instructor: Ben O’Dell is the Program Specialist at the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is a recognized expert on facilitating partnerships between faith-based, philanthropic, and community organizations and government at all levels. Ben’s interest in strengthening local faith-based and community leaders and community engagement principles to religious, community, and government interest has led him to develop deep relationships, knowledge, and expertise on a broad range of issues from strengthening fathers and families to strategies for bringing groups together in collaborative networks. Throughout his 14-year tenure at the Center, Ben has served in many roles, including Designated Federal Officer to the President’s Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a 25-member council of faith and community leaders making recommendations to the President and the White House. Ben received his master’s degree in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management in 2007 from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He resides outside of Washington, D.C., with his wife, Kristin, and practices his own personal fatherhood initiatives with their two kids.
Instructor: John Spoede, Jr., Ph.D., teaches in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Houston Baptist University in various doctoral and master’s degree programs, including classes in research methods and multivariate statistics, education, counseling and psychology. He holds credentials such as Licensed and Ordained Minister, Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, National Credentialed Counselor, Certified School Counselor, and Teacher Certification in Texas. Dr. Spoede serves as the Director for the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies and Assistant Professor of Education at Houston Baptist University. He has more than 50 publications and presentations in the areas of counseling, psychology, and education and has chaired, co-chaired or served as a committee member on over 25 dissertations and theses. He has a wide range of experiences, including 20 years of ministry involvement, more than a decade working in the PK-12 public schools, and over 15 years of practicing as a professional counselor. Dr. Spoede has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a minor in Chemistry, a Master’s of Education in Counseling, an Alternative Teacher certification in EC-12th Special Education, and two earned doctorates—a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Individual Difference, with a specialty in Research, Measurement and Statistics, and a Doctorate of Ministry.
Instructor: David Jenkins, Psy.D., is Professor of Counseling and the Director of the M.A. in Addiction Counseling program in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University. He has served as Clinical Director of the International Board of Christian Counselors of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is on the Executive Board of the Society for Christian Psychology. Dr. Jenkins also served on the Executive Draft Committee for the 2014 update to the AACC’s Code of Ethics for Christian Counselors. With more than 25 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Jenkins specializes in the integration of Christian faith and clinical practice. He has worked extensively with addictive, mood, and anxiety disorders in the context of individual, marital, group, and family therapy. Dr. Jenkins has provided education, consultation, supervision, and training for a variety of churches, ministries, and professionals. He is also an author and speaker at conferences, seminars, and retreats.
Continuing Education: Six (6) CE credits are available for purchase now or on site for only $29. To view the complete CE statement, click here.