READING: For two decades, the Council on Chemical Abuse has held an annual conference that is highly regarded by professionals in the drug and alcohol field.
This year, as the conference prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, it will do so with a new format. In compliance with social distancing guidelines, COCA’s 20th Annual Conference is going all virtual. What’s more, it will take place over a half-day, rather than the day-long event of past years, and will be free to those who live or work in Berks County.
Hundreds of professionals and community members are expected to participate in the virtual Annual Conference on Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Zoom. The event’s theme is Staying Connected – Responding to the Challenges of Addictive diseases.
“In these changing times, we are encouraged to embrace best practices and adaptive approaches to meet the needs of individuals seeking help, while ensuring the safety of our communities,” said COCA Community Programs Specialist Yvonne Stroman. “This year’s conference is worth attending.”
It will address the unique challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented for people with substance use disorders and those who treat them. It will also provide information and resources to meet the changing needs of the treatment and recovery field.
Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend three presentations. These include: a statewide perspective on current drug trends, a workshop on the effect of the pandemic on substance abuse treatment, and a presentation on identifying and addressing compassion fatigue.
Registration is now open. To register please visit https://cocaberks.org/annual-conference/registration. Attendance is free for people who live or work in Berks County. Cost for all other is $20.
About the Council on Chemical Abuse
Established in 1972 by a group of community members, the Council on Chemical Abuse was formed as a private non-profit organization to address rising concerns of drug and alcohol use in Berks County. The Berks County Commissioners contract with the Council on Chemical Abuse
(COCA) as the Single County Authority for Berks County, PA. As the coordinating agency for publicly supported drug and alcohol programming in the county, COCA and its partners provide an array of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services.