CASAC To Offer ‘Spirituality And Addictions’ Workshop

“Spirituality and Addictions” will be offered through the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave., Fredonia.

The training will be led by Sister Catherine Kanick of Rochester. She was a counselor at Unity Health and retired as a supervising counselor after 10 years. She has been a retreat director for men and women in recovery for the last 25 years. Kanick has presented several workshops on the following topics: alcohol and substance abuse, 12-step recovery, adult children of alcoholics, co-dependency, family issues and spirituality and addiction for spiritual directors.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore the importance of spirituality in the effective and holistic treatment of additions. Participants will learn methods of evoking spiritual beliefs and attitude from those they counsel while simultaneously remaining neutral and inquisitive to that process.

Counselors, spiritual directors and clergy are likely to be most interested in the training. The course is suitable for those seeking professional credentialing as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) or Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS). The 3 hours CASAC/CPP/CPS (Sec.1) are approved by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.

The fee is $40 and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information about other training offerings CASAC may have available, contact Kathleen Colby, director of training services, at 664-3608, kjcolby@casacweb.or visit www.casacweb.org .