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CASAC sponsoring training on designer drugs

October 31, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

"Designer Drugs: The New Alarming Trends" training sponsored by the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Government officials, treatment professionals and public safety personnel are continuously changing their strategies to combat the usage of emerging abused substances which have come to be called "designer drugs." This training will explore the different types of designer drugs, including synthetic marijuana, bath salts and other analogues. Participants will be trained in the recognition of the signs and symptoms of their use, as well as the dangers associated with these drugs.

This training offering is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave., Fredonia. Melanie Witkowski, Prevention Coordinator, will be presenting. There is a $30 fee. Pre-registration is required by calling the council at 664-3608 in Jamestown. Community members interested in the topic are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This course is qualifies for those seeking professional credentialing as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC); Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) or Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS) as approved by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. This course is OASAS approved for three hours CASAC (Section 2), CPP/CPS (Section 1). This course work is recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board through reciprocity.

The Council offers a number of professional training opportunities throughout the year. Individualized on-site training, depending upon staff needs, is available. All trainings can be designed either as an in-service training, conference or workshop.

The council is a not-for-profit, United Way supported agency. To register for the above course or to learn more about other training offerings the council may have available, contact Kathleen Colby, Training Services, at 664-3608 or e-mail at

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