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Positive Change Conference Addiction Services

October 24, 2018

Student Memorial Center (SMC)
21 South George Street, Millersville

This year, the Positive Change Conference moved to Millersville University. Collaboration with MU has strengthened the only event in Lancaster County where those addressing addiction prevention, intervention and treatment can network and learn together.

The goal of the conference is to offer practical, immediately applicable tools, but also to inspire and encourage those working in helping professions where addiction is present.

Our current addiction epidemic challenges both the skills sets and hearts of attendees, and continued engagement requires research-based interventions, as well as maximized self-care for audience members, comprising MU students, educators, probation officers, addiction and mental health counselors, social workers, prevention professionals, and others in the social service and criminal justice fields.

The 2018 theme, Rethinking Diversity, asked us to examine our relationship with the notion of diversity, both personally and as professionals. This year’s conference offered targeted sessions to increase understanding of people from marginalized groups in our county, with the goal of enhancing compassion, trust and effectiveness of services.

Attendees had the opportunity to do some inner research and examine their own stories, values and beliefs. Doing so moves one from the comfort circle to the risk zone: a place where learning can occur and curiosity is welcome.