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Finding Hope in Grief

Peer-support conference for people in Massachusetts who are bereaved by a death from substance use. Come share in a weekend of hope, healing, fellowship, and remembrance.

Peer Grief Support After Overdose Death

If you have you lost someone close to you by overdose or other drug-related death…if you are experiencing grief after death from substance use.. You are invited to attend a new peer grief support group.

The purpose of the group is for members to support each other in coping with grief.We believe that sharing the experience of tragedy can promote healing.

Peer Grief Support After Overdose Death

If you have you lost someone close to you by overdose or other drug-related death… if you are experiencing grief after death from substance use.. You are invited to attend a new peer grief support group.
The purpose of the group is for members to support each other in coping with grief. We believe that sharing the experience of tragedy can promote healing.

Peer Grief Support After Overdose Death

If you have you lost someone close to you by overdose or other drug-related death…
If you are experiencing grief after death from substance use..

You are invited to attend a new peer grief support group. The purpose of the group is for members to support each other in coping with grief. We believe that sharing the experience of tragedy can promote healing.

The Keys to Low-Threshold Housing

Please join the RIZE Massachusetts Foundation, the National Harm Reduction Coalition, and the Kraft Center for Community Health at MGH, for the second in a series of learning communities focused on safe housing and harm reduction practices. For this second learning community, The Keys to Low-Threshold Housing, we will hear from peers across the country about partnerships and approaches they have developed to save lives and keep people housed.

Laura Guzman, JD, of The DOPE Project and Andrew Spiers, LSW, of Pathways to Housing, will participate in a discussion moderated by Emma Roberts of the National Harm Reduction Coalition. They will share replicable best practices focused on person-centered approaches that build trust and autonomy, with an emphasis on how best to support people who use drugs. They will also address topics raised by learning community participants.

Participants in this 2-hour event will:

· Learn replicable best practices for low-threshold housing

· Explore how to identify and foster the right partners and approaches for deeper collaboration between harm reduction and housing programs

· Learn about resident rights and explore opportunities for harm reduction

We hope you can join us for The Keys to Low-Threshold Housing, which will explore how harm reduction and housing providers can partner to better serve people with substance use disorders.

Secondary Trauma & Helping Professionals: OOPTP Training Session

This curriculum is designed to educate and build skills about understanding secondary trauma and cumulative stress. A 2018 provider guide generated by the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health discusses a trauma-informed approach as “…an approach to care that integrates an understanding of trauma into all levels of care, system engagement, workforce development, organizational policy and cross-sectoral collaborations.”1  This approach underlies secondary trauma and is particularly aimed at diminishing the chances of re-traumatizing people in order to encourage better coping mechanisms, positive life-decisions, and cohesive information sharing.  In the module below we focus specifically on improving the wellness and safety of service providers working with opioid-related issues, including supporting resilience and preventing secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout.  Secondary Trauma identifies the duality and reciprocity inherent in the provider’s role. They are both subject to experience cumulative stress and trauma (either direct/primary or vicarious/secondary) and positioned to provide care for persons who have experienced the cumulative stress and trauma. 

Learner Outcomes:

Distinguish between primary and secondary trauma and identify similarities in their symptoms.
Describe the causes, symptoms, and outcomes of cumulative stress and secondary trauma.
Develop and implement tools for evaluating stress within their lives. 
Identify help resources, self-care tools, and collective care strategies for addressing cumulative stress and trauma. 
Presented by: Health Resources in Action (HRiA)

Sponsored by: ​MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.

Accommodations: If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who requires accommodation, please contact Emelie Tenander at AdCare Educational Institute, Inc. at (508) 752-7313; Fax: (508) 752-8111; TTY: (508) 754-0039 or email: [email protected] at least three weeks prior to secure accommodations.

Fall River Recovery Day Event

Steppingstone’s Peer to Peer Recovery Support Center and local stakeholders are planning a recovery day event in Fall River, in support of those who are in recovery from a substance use disorder.

The event will feature volunteers holding signs with messages of celebration and sharing the good news that recovery is real in our community. Kick-off is at 11 am at Government Center where signs will be handed out and locations assigned for the afternoon of celebration.

We received a warm and positive community response last year, and its our hope to show a larger representation of Fall River’s Recovery Community and It’s Allies.

JOIN US!!!