CHCC-CGC completes four-day training


The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Community Guidance Center completed last month a four-day training held at both the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe and CHCC’s conference room.

Behavioral health and partner providers, paraprofessionals, personnel from government agencies, non-government organizations, and community members took part in the training that taught participants about ethics and confidentiality, dealing with difficult clients, drugs and the brain and medical marijuana, and motivational interviewing.

The training was led by Dr. Thomas Freese, director of training at the University of California Los Angeles integrated substance abuse programs, together with representatives of the Pacific Southwest Adiction Technology Transfer Center, or PSATTC.

Herbert Sablan, CGC substance abuse treatment supervisor, said that PSATTC assists by disseminating clinical and research information.
“PSATTC is designed to enhance knowledge and expertise in substance use disorder treatment and recovery,” he said.

PSATTC covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, the CNMI, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.

Sablan noted that PSATTC also helps U.S. and Pacific jurisdictions develop, revise, and distribute curricula based on research products and form partnerships with local and regional stakeholders “to ensure that the training needs of the region are identified and met.”

PSATTC, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and CHCC-CGC staff cosponsored the training. (Jayson Camacho)

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