Clergy Workshop: Caring for Your Congregation in the Opioid Crisis

Thursday, November 9am, 9:30-4 pm
Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main Street, Amherst, MA

Workshop leaders are Edward Schreiber and the Rev. Susan Grant Rosen.  Ed is the Director of Outpatient Substance Use Services at ServiceNet , Northampton and Greenfield. He is a therapist, trainer and author.  Susan is a United Church of Christ minister. For the past two years she has worked with Pioneer Valley and New Hampshire congregations around their response to the opioid crisis.

Topics and Conversations include:

  • Addiction 360°: the relationship between addiction and the brain; addiction and  trauma; addiction and the social context
  • Understanding and helping family members
  • Understanding recovery: what does recovery involve?
  • Stages of readiness for change
  • Why do some recover while others don’t?
  • What role can religion and spirituality play?
  • What about your congregation?  What can you do?

The cost of the workshop is $60.00 and includes lunch.  Enrollment is limited to 24.  To reserve your place, please contact Susan Grant Rosen:; 413-203-0026; 603-203-5306 by November 1.

This program is co-sponsored by Hampshire HOPE, the coalition of Hampshire County, MA, agencies working on the opioid crisis; ServiceNet, a nonprofit agency serving people living with mental illness, developmental disability, brain injury, homelessness and addiction; and the Jewish Community of Amherst, a welcoming, egalitarian synagogue affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation.

Download the flyer here (PDF).