Opioid Overdose Prevention
Learn about the physiology of addiction, how opioids work in the body, and how to map this knowledge onto individual risk factors for opioid overdose. Practice having conversations with clients about harm reduction in the context of opioid overdose and learn the protocol for using, storing, and disseminating nasally administered naloxone. Discuss strategies for advanced risk assessment and intake that can help better identify and meet client needs.
Meet the Instructors
Cheryl Gagne is a senior associate at the Center for Social Innovation (C4), where she is engaged in providing training/technical assistance in recovery-oriented, trauma-informed behavioral health services. Throughout her 30-year career, she has provided training, supervision, and support to behavioral health providers, including peer providers. Prior to coming to C4, Cheryl worked for over 20 years at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, where she conducted research and training projects focused on enhancing recovery outcomes and conducted provider training programs across the U.S. and internationally. Cheryl also worked as an addictions counselor in a Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)-funded program.
Marc Dones is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School, with a concentration in psychiatric anthropology. Marc combines his solid academic powers with his engaging presentation style to deliver Praxis trainings. Prior to joining C4, Marc worked as a policy analyst, program assistant, and program manager in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where he focused on youth violence prevention and reduction, as well as systemic responses to youth homelessness. At the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, he served as Director of Project Management for Child and Adolescent Services. Serving on the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, Marc co-chaired the Administration Committee.