Virtual Annual Conference

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Thursday, November 5, 2020
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM


We invite you to our 20th Annual Conference. Like many events this year, our annual conference will be held virtually. We will miss meeting with you all in the family reunion of sorts that happens annually at the Crowne Plaza.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for the behavioral health field and people with substance use disorders.  Adaptations for prevention and treatment have re-shaped our approach to helping individuals and families through innovative and effective strategies that promote safety and wellness. The 2020 COCA Virtual Conference will provide information and resources for support systems to meet the growing changes and needs in the treatment and recovery field.  

Register for this year's conference

How much does it cost to attend? This year's conference is free to Berks County residents & employees!

For those who live and/or work outside of Berks the cost is $20.

The Agenda

8:30-9 AM   Welcome & COCA Update
9-10 AM Current Drug Trends: A Statewide Perspective
10:15-11:15 AM The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Abuse Treatment
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Identifying and Addressing Compassion Fatigue

Credits pending!

This Year's Presentations

9-10AM Current Drug Trends: A Statewide Perspective

Presented by Alan McGill, PA Attorney General’s Office

The overdose crisis in Pennsylvania and Berks County rages on, but opioids are not the only problem.  There has been a steady increase in stimulant use across the Commonwealth. A representative from the PA Attorney General’s office will offer a state-wide overview of the various drugs currently infiltrating our community.

10:15-11:15 AM The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Presented by Dr. David Loveland, Community Care Behavioral Health

The substance use disorder field has been steadily built upon and has improved its methods and modalities for treating addiction.  The impact of COVID-19 on the substance use disorder field has resulted in limited face-to-face services and substantial reliance on telehealth. How has this shift impacted best practices? How might this change the way addiction services are provided?

11:30 AM-12:30 PM Identifying and Addressing Compassion Fatigue

Presented by Dr. Martha Thompson, Empower the Mind, LLC

The Behavioral Health services field teaches and promotes self-care. Yet, those in the helping professions are not always good at heeding their own advice. This workshop will discuss Compassion Fatigue and identify ways to take care of oneself that are pivotal to reduce burnout and increase resilience.

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This year’s co-sponsor is Berks County’s HealthChoices Program. This program is regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. In collaboration with the Council on Chemical Abuse, oversight of the behavioral health component of the HealthChoices Program is provided.

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