Community Opioid Response Project

Workshop Schedule

Theories of Substance Misuse/The Language of Addiction:  Why Am I Addicted 

4/6/2021

7:00 p.m. (EST)

In this session, Devie Phipps, RN, MA, CORP Community Health Educator, will discuss some approaches on why people become dependent upon and misuse substances. In this session, participants will learn about theories and models of addiction.

 

Theories of addiction covered will include Moral/Spiritual/Temperance Model, Psychodynamic Model, Disease Model, Social Learning Model, Public Health Model, Socio-cultural Model

Substance Use and Misuse:  Am I Addicted? 

4/13/21

7:00 p.m. (EST) 

In this session, our guest lecturer, Dr. Ralph Peterson, M.D., will discuss the behavioral, physical and psychological signs and symptoms of substance misuse/abuse, withdrawal symptoms.  Participants will understand the difference between opioid tolerance, dependence, addiction, and withdrawal.  Participants will learn how to recognize a person who has overdosed on substances, and how to intervene.

This workshop is over

Opioids and the Brain:  This is Your Brain on Drugs

4/20/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

In this session, Dr. Ralph Peterson, M.D., will define what opioids are and how they affect the brain and body (neurological system,) and cause an addiction.  Participants will learn about the positive and negative side affects of opioid use, as well as the short and long-term effects of misusing opioids. 

Pill Drop Basics - the Most Common Disposal Method

4/27/2021

7:00 p.m. (EST)

The Bridge to Life Community Opioid Response Project (CORP) is a federally funded program sponsored by Crown of Life Worship Center of Seventh-day Adventists in Edgewood, Maryland and will consist of several components to address safely disposing medication and other harmful drugs. The purpose for this program is to introduce the importance of safely disposing unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs. This method to be discussed is the most commonly use disposal method

How Opioids Affect the Way the Brain Interprets Pain

5/4/21

7:00 p.m. (EST) 

In this session, Dr. Chan S Hwang, M.D., will talk about pain and how it has a beneficial role in protecting an individual who has been harmed from further harm and motivates the person to find a remedy. We will learn how the brain interprets pain and activates endorphins to reduce pain. We will also learn about the short-term benefits of opioid pain killers and the significant risks of chronic opioid use.

Triggers & Cravings:   You Made Me Do It 

5/11/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

In this session, led by Dr. Joycelyn Peterson, DrPH and Alton Parris, Chemist, participants will learn the differences between triggers and cravings and will also learn how to identify, understand and overcome triggers and cravings. 

Family Roles & Responsibilities:  All in the Family  

5/18/21

7:00 p.m. (EST) 

In this session, the dynamic husband and wife team (Drs. Ralph and Joy Peterson) will be our guest lecturers.  Participants will learn the importance of a support system (family, friends, peers, helpers) and the important role of community.  Participants will identify people who will have a positive impact on their recovery journey. 

Conventional Disposal Method—Is it OK to dispose in Trash Receptacle (Yes or No)?

5/25/21

7:00 p.m. (EST) 

The objective of this session is to increase knowledge and/or heighten awareness surrounding proper disposal of prescription medications using non-conventional disposal methods. Participants will learn the first non-conventional, approved1 method of disposing unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs.

Pain Management & Other Modalities  

6/1/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

In this session, Dr. Chan Hwang will present on a very important topic:  Pain Management and other modalities to address pain.  Participants will become familiar with pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to manage chronic pain.  Participants will understand the difference between acute and chronic pain, the neurobiology, etiology, and psychology of pain management. 

Stress Management: All Stressed Out!  

6/8/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

In this session, several experts will discuss methods to manage pain with limited or no aid from opioid-related medication.  Presenters will demonstrate complementary and alternative interventions to manage stress and conceivably manage pain.  Interventions will include Art Therapy, Breath Work, Contemplative practices (e.g., meditation, prayer, self-reflection), Emotional First-Aid Kit/Self-care Kit, Muscle Relaxation, Music Therapy or to manage stress, Self-care (interventions) 

Coping Skills & Strategies:  I’ll Take Two” 

6/15/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

In this session Devie Phipps will discuss the stress-response cycle, healthy vs. unhealthy ways to manage stress, coping skills and share strategies to help participants learn how to stop and “take two...”   This session will include a demonstration in addition to lecture, participants will learn coping skills an strategies

Non-Conventional Disposal Method—Is it OK to Flush?

6/22/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

To increase knowledge and/or heighten awareness surrounding proper disposal of prescription medications using non-conventional disposal methods. Participants will learn the second non-conventional, approved method of disposing unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs.

Virtual Narcan Training session

6/28/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

Jack Latchford at Harford County Health Department will conduct a live virtual Narcan training session.

Change Management: Am I Ready for Change? 

7/6/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

Dr. Ralph Peterson and Devie Phipps will discuss the Trans-theoretical Model (Stages of Change).  Topics covered will include Pre-contemplative Stage, Contemplative Stage, Preparation Stage, Action Stage, Maintenance Stage, Termination Stage 

Managing Feelings:  The Big 6-Guilt, Shame, Worry, Resentment, and Loneliness, Anger 

7/13/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

In this session, Dr. Ralph Peterson will share how to use introspection to reflect and cope with negative internal feelings and external influences.  The discussion will focus on introspection:  how you view yourself, how others view you (reality or perception), and how it affects self-image and the ability to cope.   

Steps to Recovery:  Forward & Upward 

7/20/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

In this session, the dynamic duo Drs. Ralph and Joy Peterson will be joined by Dr. Carmen Clarke, M.D., to share with participants steps to recovery.  Recovery is in all aspects of life—psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social. In this session, participants will learn addiction recovery techniques and how Influences—relationships, employment, lifestyles—impacts the recovery process. 

Pill Disposal Training #4 - Liquids and Syringes

7/27/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

This is the last pill drop training, Pill Drop #4. The purpose is to introduce a variety of ways to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs. Also, to increase knowledge and/or heighten awareness surrounding proper methods of disposal of prescription medications

Are you ready for a change

8/3/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

The purpose/objective of this training is:

- To define motivation

- To learn what role motivation plays in recovery from addiction

- To learn about motivation and addiction from a lived experience

Food as Medicine: Phytochemicals and Their protective effect on lifestyle diseases

8/10/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

The objectives of this session are:
- Create an awareness of the role plant-based nutriction has in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
- Provide Phytochemicals in foods to lower LDL Cholesterol
- Discusss foods that reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
- Identify the mechanisms that make foods effective.

Ask the Experts:  I’ve Got a Question  

8/17/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

This session will allow participants to ask questions of the experts (doctors, chemist, and other experts who presented throughout this series).  Also, there will be a discussion about options for treatment/referrals and steps towards getting better. Experts include Dr. Joy Peterson, Dr. Chan Hwang, Dr. Ralph Peterson

Are we Too Busy to Enjoy Life?

8/24/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

This evening's session is about welness and self-care. Something that all of us can usually use a bit more of.

Naloxone (NARCAN) Training

8/31/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

In this session we'll be talking about NARCAN. The tradename is NARCAN but the generic name is Naloxone. We will learn about:
1. What NARCAN is, what it is used for and how it works.
2. Signs & symptoms of opioid drug overdose
3. When and how to administer NARCAN (nasal spray)
4. How to get NARCAN
5. Discuss Opioid Misuse Risks in the workplace & how you can make a difference

In the Kitchen with Joy!

9/7/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

Dr. Joy Peterson will discuss and demonstrate ways to prepare nutritious foods.

My Story

9/14/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

Invited guests will share their personal stories and experiences with opioids.  

Opioid Poster Contest Showcase!

9/21/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

Collaborate with Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties (BGCHCC) host a gallery walk closing event to present posters designed by BGCHCC youth. The winning posters will be displayed and the poster winners will participate in a gallery walk to talk about their posters and share about the information they learned at BGCHCC about the opioid crisis and what inspired them as they created their poster.

It’s A Wrap!  

9/28/21

7:00 p.m. (EST)

 Our final session will be a re-cap of the things we have learned about opioids.