Pride in Recovery

Elijah Nealy, PhD, MDiv, LCSW 

There are many parallels between the effects of addiction and the effects of oppression. Both can lead to shame and self-hatred, isolation from others, and alienation from society. For addiction recovery to be long-lasting, clients in marginalized groups (i.e. racial/ethnic minorities and those identifying as LGBTQ) must address the consequences of both their addiction and their experiences of oppression. This workshop will explore these parallel processes and present a framework for culturally competent addiction recovery treatment. Using a trauma recovery lens, participants will examine essential relapse prevention strategies designed to help clients attain sobriety and move from cultural pain to cultural pride.


  • Participants will identify the parallel effects of cultural trauma and oppression and the downward addiction spiral.
  • Explore trauma recovery theories and tools for applying them to recovery from addiction and oppression through the lens of various cultural groups.
  • Gain skills for nestling addiction recovery in a context of cultural recovery and pride through the use of clinical vignettes.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014                       Time: 9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Registration and coffee/tea service will begin at 9:00a.m. The training will begin promptly at 9:30a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Welcome and introduction
Exploring the intersections of oppression, identity, and addiction recovery
10:30-10:40am Morning Break
Moving from cultural pain to cultural pride: definitions and discussion
Moving from cultural pain to cultural pride: tools for facilititation, exercises for use with clients
12:30-1:30pm Lunch break
Connecting to community and culture; community building models of treatment as antidotes to experiences of oppression and marginalization.
Exploring relapse prevention in the context of cultural marginalization through a trauma recovery lens
3:00-3:10pm Break
Intersections of addiction and oppression: intervention strategies for facilitating healing and recovery
3: 30-4:30pm
Large group discussion of case studies, intervention strategies and tools
Closing and Evaluations

Target Audience: Addiction counselors, Master’s level social workers in both addiction treatment and mental health settings, case managers, clinicians.

CEUs: Social workers and counselors will receive 6 Cultural Competence CEUs.

Family Connections, provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program and by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider program (provider #6604) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Family Connections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/01/2014 – 10/01/2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

All participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the session. 

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Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until November 14, 2014. After November 14th, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $35 fee.  Course fees include materials and lunch. Cancellations must be made by Friday, November 28th. Refunds will be not be issued for registrations cancelled after November 28th.

Registration for this training is full and has been closed. 

Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on November 14th.

Grievances: Please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coodinator, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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