Go, Do, Learn

October 19, 2009

Substance abuse seminar

Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering a one-day seminar on substance abuse from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in The Merle S. Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center on HCC's main campus.

The seminar, "Complexities of Substance Abuse in the Clinical Setting," will cover topics including differentiating abuse and dependency, theories regarding the causes of abuse and addiction, common risk factors, behavioral indicators, contributing co-occurring disorders, intervention methods and therapeutic treatment approaches, matching treatment to individual needs, and treating the family as well as case studies in child, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations.

The program will be led by Nikki Snider, mental health program coordinator and assistant outpatient addictions program coordinator for the Division of Addictions and Mental Health Services with the Washington County Health Department.


Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Continuing Education credits are available for social workers, psychologists, counselors, therapists, nurses and nurse practitioners. Costs $45. Brook Lane employees may take the course at a reduced rate of $39. For more information or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

Suicide prevention training

Youth M.O.V.E. Washington County, in collaboration with Otterbein United Methodist Church, presents SafeTALK Training from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Otterbein United Methodist Church, 108 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown. Registration is at 9:30 a.m.

SafeTALK is for anyone interested in suicide prevention: frontline workers, clergy, volunteers, parents, teachers and law enforcement. Seating is limited. To register, call Melissa Rice at 301-791-7072.

Cooking class

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University's Common Reading Program, featuring "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by Barbara Kingsolver, will host a cooking class led by master chef Elizabeth Wheeler from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Stutzman-Slonaker 102. The event is free and open to the public.

Pasta and fall greens featured will be fresh and local. Reservations are required. To register, call Judi McIntyre, director of the First-Year Experience program, at 304-876-5396.

Benefit for hospice

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - "Homegrown for Hospice: Local Fare and Local Wares" is 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the Anvil Restaurant in Harpers Ferry. The event will feature the specialties of local restaurants and chefs, including the Mediterranean Cafe and Charles Town Races & Slots. Both live and silent auctions will profile the work and services of area artisans and businesses. Entertainment includes raffles, prizes and a cash bar. Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Panhandle. Tickets cost $25 per person and are only available for advance purchase. Tickets may be purchased at the Anvil Restaurant, The Mediterranean Caf in downtown Charles Town, any hospice office, or by calling Ashley at 304-267-1870, ext. 207.

Life support classes for health care providers

Hagerstown Community College will offer a Basic Life Support class for health care providers from 4 to p.m. Monday, January 11, 2010, and Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, in the Career Programs Building at HCC.

Each class is limited to 16 students. Offered through the American Heart Association, health care providers will earn 4.75 contact hours. Costs $55, plus a $5 registration fee. To register or for more information, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

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