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  • Virtual Event
    October 28, 2020
    8:00 am - 4:15 pm

This year’s Positive Change Conference theme, Collective Restoration, addresses major changes to the ways that helping professionals work with their clients and students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and other societal stressors. We can only imagine where we might be on event day. What we know for sure is that our conference audience members are working to minimize trauma and increase healthy functioning in everyone they encounter, and that they will need a day to pause, reflect, learn, and be nourished and revitalized in October. That is what we strive to provide.


  • Morning Workshop
    October 13, 2020
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This training by Stacy Emminger and Lexi Mercado of Donegal Substance Abuse Alliance will show how the CRAFT model of communication works with families affected by addiction disorders.

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  • Morning Webinar
    September 8, 2020
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zoom webinar attendees will learn about family addiction from trainers and a panel of family members who have experienced the addiction of someone they love.

It’s common for people who have experienced the addiction of a loved one to want to help others. In 2018, the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) the credentialing body for professionals in the behavioral and community health fields, created an opportunity for adults who have been directly impacted by another person’s substance use disorder to do…

A coloful eagle stretches along the hall of a middle school. It's feathers are made up of indivual cut-outs with inspirational words written by the kids.

Compass Mark’s dedicated teams work to fulfill the mission to prevent addiction through education, skill-building, and community mobilization. Lauren Krebs, Youth Leadership Advocate I haven’t been here long but I did get to witness Landis Run Intermediate School’s community service project day and it was great. The children started the day by handing out bracelets…


  • Evening 5
    November 28, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The addiction & recovery masses at Saint James are oriented toward hope and confidence in the abundance of God’s grace for those who have journeyed, or may be journeying, through the isolation and darkness of addiction.

Compass Mark's logo with the tagline "Science-Based Addiction Prevention"

Compass Mark’s mission is to prevent addiction through education, skill-building, and community mobilization.   On Monday, October 7th, Compass Mark hosted two of the original Freedom Writers, Tony Becerra, and Cynthia Ray, to share their stories with our community. The night was filled with messages of inspiration, empowerment, and resiliency. We celebrated both the 20th…

Logo for Lancaster County Joining Forces logo states "Coordinating efforts to reduce deaths due to opioids" in purple and turquoise

Strength comes in numbers. That’s the concept behind Lancaster County Joining Forces, a collection of organizations and individuals working to save lives and help neighbors who are struggling with addiction. This fall, as part of the fight against the opioid crisis, Joining Forces coordinated efforts among several organizations and coalitions to host a three-part educational…

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People struggling with substance abuse were once, and sometimes still are, judged harshly. Today, we know addiction is a disease, just as cancer, diabetes and other common ailments are. The National Institute of Drug Abuse, respected institutions like the American Medical Association and studies published in notable publications all define addiction as a disease. According…

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“Fentanyl overdose survivors require little if any hospital treatment.” Study that sentence carefully. It’s the headline of an article describing results of a recently published Canadian study. Further on, the article states, “75 per cent of the fentanyl overdose patients were classified as “low-risk” upon arrival.” Compass Mark recognizes addiction as a medial disease; as…

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