By Jessica Beck, NCADD Sacramento Prevention Coordinator

The Prevention Department at NCADD-Sacramento Region Affiliate is pleased to announce the commencement of the Bridging the Divide Webinar Series.

The first webinar was successfully launched on August 22, 2013. As the first in a series of four webinars, it grossed a total of 173 registrants!

The second webinar was conducted on September 26th also with great participation.  The diverse demographics of our first audience were prominent and proved that we were in the right place to elevate the conversation. To give you an idea of the diversity among attendants, people were listening in across the board nationally all the way from Alaska to Tennessee.

Beginning this journey meant two things – that this topic is without a doubt innovative; and it sparked the question of why  anyone should consider bridging faith and substance abuse prevention. What relevance do they have to support one another and how can they influence the well-being of a congregation of people? It seemed only natural to select the topic of, “Why Faith & Prevention?” to address in the first webinar. Speaking on the subject was guest speaker Karen Hall from Kentucky.

Karen has worked as a professional in the field of substance abuse prevention for over 15 years, and for the last four years, she has maintained her role as the Kentucky Faith-Based Prevention Enhancement Site Manager. In addition to her prevention background, Karen has a master’s degree in Theological Studies. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who truly believes that “prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.” Karen is committed to working with local faith and community groups in promoting these behavioral health messages.

One important aspect to consider is that both communities bring assets to the table in terms of influencing and increasing capacity for prevention against substance use and abuse. The faith community brings passion, resources and drive. The prevention community brings research, technical assistance and funding. Together faith and prevention can be seen as natural partners with one common goal, to impact the lives of families in the hopes of reducing the likelihood that children and teens will engage in substance use and abuse.

With this being said, our goal for the webinar series is to welcome everyone! It doesn’t matter if you come from the prevention community or faith community, we invite you to listen in on our conversation and contribute. As information is presented we hope that you will learn and grow in your knowledge of the topic, but also that you will be able to offer your own contributions to this expanding field.

Please join us for the third webinar on October 24th  from 11:00-12:30 p.m. PST, where we will address the topic “Where is Faith & Prevention?”

Click Here To Register

For more information contact:

Jessica Beck, Prevention Coordinator at jbeck@ncaddsac.org

Visit the NCADD Sacramento Bridging the Divide Webinar Series webpage to view the first two webinars.

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