Our Training Sessions

NARCAN Education & Distribution Event

Co-occurring Disorders Series

PLEASE NOTE: We have made the difficult choice to postpone the remainder of the virtual COD trainings. We have had several agencies reach out to say that with end of the year vacation days and the staffing issues that are happening right now, they are unable to send staff to trainings. This seems to be the norm across the board right now.

We are going to hold off until after the first of the year and try to reschedule these trainings (hopefully we could even do some in-person) when things settle down.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We will keep you updated as we move along with this.

Trainings will be from 9am-12pm

We have taken into consideration that it can be REALLY hard to sit through LONG, virtual trainings, therefore the COD trainings have been separated and condensed into 3-hour trainings for this round. A certificate of attendance will be sent out for each training of the series.

Social work credits are being explored, Please, sign-up for credits if you would like them, and we will let you know if they are are not available for the series.

All of the trainings in this series will be virtual, on the Zoom platform. This Beaver County training series is free of charge, with priority given to Beaver County residents and providers.

For questions or registration, email Jennifer@etc-pa.com


POSTPONED: Understanding Co-occurring Disorders 

This introductory session is an overview of the Co-Occurring Disorder Series. The training focuses on culturally competent identification of the characteristics of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, as well we evidence-based models that treat co-occurring disorders concurrently and collaboratively.

POSTPONED: Suicide in the Co-occurring Culture 

Mental health and substance use issues can be precursors to suicidal thoughts and attempts. This training will look at this connection and help participants examine their own views regarding these behaviors. In addition, participants will review the importance of on-going screening, assessment and intervention regarding suicide while treating clients with dignity.

POSTPONED: Screening, Referral & Resource Tools for Clients with Co-occurring Disorders 

Individuals with co-occurring disorders often show up in various settings. Appropriate and culturally competent screening, referral and resource tools help match those individuals to the best services. This training focuses on “no wrong door” which allows clients to get some direction and support regardless of where they go or whether the connection is live or virtual.

POSTPONED: Clinical Assessment & Documentation for Co-occurring Disorders

Accurate and thorough assessment, treatment planning and progress notes are an important part of any clinician’s role. This advanced training for clinicians will focus on integrating these processes and documents efficiently in order to provide ease of treatment and collaboration, as well as protection for staff.

POSTPONED: Effective Group Approaches for Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders 

There are significant advantages to using group approaches when working with clients with co-occurring disorders. This training will review the ideal group dynamics, as well as creative group ideas, including for virtual groups. In addition, the benefit of self-help groups, such as 12-step groups, will be discussed.

POSTPONED: Choice & Voice: Helping Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders Manage Medication 

Medications are often a helpful, and sometimes necessary, tool when working with co-occurring clients. This training will educate clinicians about the basics of medications for mental health issues, as well as substance use disorders. A review of how to help clients navigate their medication disclosure, including in a 12-step environment, will also be discussed.

POSTPONED: Moving Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders Through the Stages of Change 

Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stage Theory is a highly researched model that is helpful when working with clients with mental health issues and substance use disorders with various cultural backgrounds. This training will review the various processes of change, as well as techniques to help clients move forward in their overall recovery.

POSTPONED: Self-Care as an Ethical Priority 

Dealing with our own lives impacts how we work with clients. Behaviors from clients can trigger our unhealed wounds. The additional stress of being an “invisible essential worker” during COVID-19 has provided additional impact. This training will look at the importance of self-care and how it impacts our ethical decisions.

POSTPONED: Aggression, Domestic Violence and More in the Co-Occurring Culture

Mental health and substance use issues are often entangled with aggression and domestic violence, as well as other unsafe behaviors. This advanced training will look at this connection and help participants understand the importance of on-going screening, assessment and intervention regarding violence while also keeping themselves and the community safe.

POSTPONED: Engaging Families to Improve Co-Occurring Outcomes 

Family cultural and dynamics have a significant impact on the success of treatment and recovery for individuals dealing with co-occurring disorders. This training will review methods to positively engage families and help them strengthen and grow. In addition, we will focus on relapse issues that can be impacted by dysfunction in the family and how to teach skills to clients to cope with dynamics they cannot change.

POSTPONED: A Look at Special Populations: Homeless, Military & Veterans, and Criminal Justice

Understanding the generalities of co-occurring disorders is not enough. Community workers in various settings must also be aware of how sub-cultures are impacted in different ways. This advanced training will cover additional complications that those involved with homelessness, criminal justice, and the military may experience.

POSTPONED: One More Special Population: The Young Brain 

Childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood are times for significant growth—physically and emotionally. Because the young brain is not fully developed until around age 25, it responds differently than an adult brain. This training will focus on these developments and how the young brain is impacted by mental health and substance use issues.

POSTPONED:Another Look at Special Populations: Women, Older Adults, and LGBTQIA+ 

Understanding the generalities of co-occurring disorders is not enough. Community workers in various settings must also be aware of how sub-cultures are impacted in different ways. This advanced training will cover a review of special concerns regarding women, older adults, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Our Services 

Individual counseling for adults, youth,
couples and families

Group therapy

Substance Use Disorder evaluation, treatment and


DOT SAP Evaluations

Telehealth available for Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Florida residents

Our Team

Jill Perry, MS, NCC, LPC, CAADC, SAP

Jennifer Oaks, MS, LPC, CAADC

Hayley Peters-Shawger, MA, NCC, LPC, CCTP

Linda Hicks, LCSW

Christina Bertocchini-Guay, MA, LPC

Krista Shae Lion, MA, NCC, CADC

Josh McGee, MA, NCC, LPC

Bill Phillips, Operations Manager