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Upcoming Seminars on The Challenge of Opioid Addictions: Focus on Pregnant Women, Mothers and Their Children.

Through a Regional Partnership Grant from the US DHHS Administration for Children and Families, support from the North Carolina Division of MH/DD/SAS and the Governors Institute on Substance Abuse, Inc., a limited series of one-day trainings will be offered that will be open to child welfare and foster care staff from departments of social services, family drug treatment court and family court teams, guardian ad litem staff, law enforcement and probation or parole officers, other health and domestic violence staff and volunteers, and substance abuse treatment staff. On the attached schedule:Training Locations and Registration Links you will see training dates and locations throughout the state, local co-sponsors’ contact information, and a link for registration for each location/date. Additional trainings will be added to the schedule throughout the summer. Contact Dr. Sherri Green for more information at or (919) 966-8304.

NCSAPPB has approved this training for 5.5 substance abuse specific hours. There is no cost for attendance, but all will be on their own for snacks and lunch unless provided by a local sponsor/partner.

This seminar will focus on essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes to augment the effectiveness of your work with people with substance use disorders (SUD). We will explore issues regarding medication-assisted treatment for SUD, pregnancy and drug use, alcohol and other drugs, medication management, HIV and hepatitis C, how infants are affected by in utero medication and drug exposure, how Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is managed, and how to collaborate with treatment and medical providers.

About the trainer:
Connie Renz, LCSW, LCAS, has had over 40 years of experience in the fields of domestic violence, women and addiction, and child maltreatment in both clinical and administrative capacities. She has been a founding Director of a battered women’s program, primary prevention program, and a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program for women and their children. For the last 20 years, she served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where she was Director of the UNC Horizons Program.

Training Locations and Registration Links

Sherri L. Green, Ph.D., LCSW
Research Assistant Professor, Maternal and Child Health
Research Fellow, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., CB# 7590
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590
Office:(919) 966-8304
Mobile: (919) 452-2483