It’s Not about Me…It’s about Us: Engaging and Retaining Series Part 1 ~ Setting the Foundational Stage

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Date: November 10, 2022 Blank space (transparent) for table Format: Webinar Blank space (transparent) for table Contact Hours: 1.25 (NAADAC Pending)
Time: 2 PM—3:30 PM ET Blank space (transparent) for table Cost: FREE Blank space (transparent) for table Target Audience: Prevention Professionals



How did we assist clients and communities in preventing substance use or substance misuse? How do we meet them where they are? Substance misuse prevention is a process that attempts to prevent the onset of substance use or limit the development of problems associated with using alcohol and drugs. Sometimes, we are missing opportunities to engage and retain clients. The engagement and retention of clients are crucial elements of desired outcomes and improved experiences of substance use prevention. Utilizing a person-centered and harm reduction approach builds on respectful and responsive care to the client’s strengths, resources, needs, and values. Besides person-centered and harm reduction, this 3-part webinar series will address topics that will increase a client’s engagement and retention, understanding that healthy people produce and build healthier communities through prevention efforts to improve the health and well-being of clients.


Substance use is a public health problem. This webinar will facilitate a different worldview in understanding, identifying, and treating substance use problems. It will review how social injustices impact substance use problems and knowledge of how the webinar can address those injustices in our communities. Evidence-based approaches, such as person-centered and harm reduction, will set the foundation for tackling issues that interfere with substance use prevention among individuals and communities.



  1. Identify the extent of substance use problems and addiction
  2. Describe social injustices, consequences associated with those injustices, and their impact on substance use prevention.
  3. Define the goals and core principles of person-centered and harm reduction approaches.
  4. Utilize person-centered and harm reduction strategies to engage and retain clients in prevention care.



Lisa ConnorsLisa Connors, LCPC, NCC, MAC, ABD is an Associate Pastor at In His Image International Ministry, Inc. She is a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board-Certified Coach, Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. Ms. Connors is Certified in Thanatology [the study of death, dying, and bereavement]. She has been in the human services/social work/counseling fields for 30 years and has worked in a variety of settings providing services to the despondent and downtrodden. Ms. Connors works tirelessly to help others reach their fullest potential in life, supporting and empowering those who have been oppressed, stigmatized, marginalized, and victimized. Her greatest passion is working with, serving, and providing training related to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, substance use and mental health disorders, violence/abuse/trauma, grief and loss, racial and social injustices. Ms. Connors is a mental health therapist providing services to individuals who have co-occurring issues. In addition to her pastoral and clinical work, Ms. Connors is a college professor. She has taught at the University of Maryland and is currently teaching at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. Like many women of color, Ms. Connors has experienced various forms of oppression. Ms. Connors earned her Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degrees, respectively, and is a Doctoral Candidate completing her Ph.D. in Psychology. 


In order to be eligible for the 1.25 contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in the Zoom platform.

Certificates must be requested within one week of the event and will be processed within 30 days.

If you are having issues accessing the room/application at the time of the event: Please email [email protected] at the start of the webinar so that we can assist you.



If you are in need of any special accommodations, please notify the Central East PTTC Webinar Team three weeks in advance of the event, or as soon as possible, by emailing [email protected].

Starts: Nov. 10, 2022 2:00 pm
Ends: Nov. 10, 2022 3:30 pm
Registration Deadline
November 10, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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