Online Recovery Event- Feb. 6-12, 2015 -FREE and With 30 Continuing Education hours for LCSWa, MFTs, LEPs, LPCCs!

Online Recovery Training Event- FREE!- February 6-12, 2015

Hello Friends of MLI,

You or your clients may be interested in this free, online event spanning Recovery issues from a holistic angle. Hear scientists, doctors, yoga and nutrition practitioners, recovering celebrities and others speak about the nature of addictions and healing the mind and body. This is a yearly event that you do not want to miss. It also meets the qualifications for 30 continuing education hours for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs!


We’re just 24 hours from the start of the 4th international Recovery 2.0: #MoveBeyond Addiction Online Conference!

Will you join me? It’s completely FREE.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Just visit:

Alone=Impossible.  If there is any one thing I’ve learned from my 25 years in recovery, it is that to heal we need each other.

Over 20,000 people from around the world have signed up for the conference so far.  These are people whose lives have been touched addiction in some way.  They want to heal.  They want to help their loved ones and their friends heal.

Sign up for the conference and each day you will be able to see 4 videos for a week straight.  Join the online conversation and begin to check into our Recovery 2.0 community to see what it can offer you.

All 30 expert presenters will offer you hard-earned wisdom and insight that can change your life and set you free. You can see the speaker line up here!

Thank you for being part of the success of this important event!  It’s clear to us from the amazing response and overwhelming level of participation across the globe that we are sick and tired of existing in the pain and suffering of addiction – AND we are ready as a society to #MoveBeyond addiction.

Some important info for the event:

Check out the speaker schedule at for information on what each session will offer. All videos will be available at 6am PST each day and run for 24 hrs.

Watch your inbox! We will EMAIL you the link every day to access the videos for that day. You will simply log in to watch.

The conference is completely FREE, however, if you do not have enough time to see all the videos, you can Download the Recovery 2.0 Conference!

There’s a lot of information to take in, so the option to purchase is there if you want to bring home the conference and add it to your library, or even start your own Recovery 2.0 video club. All around the world the Recovery 2.0 clubs have formed where people are gathering to watch Recovery 2.0 Conference videos year round.

If you want to own the conference to return to again and again, this option is available to you.

Before February 12th the 2 conference packages of videos, audios and transcripts are available for over 50% off. The price will increase after that.  To purchase the conference, visit:

Please Connect Your Community With Recovery 2.0!

We encourage you to invite your friends, family and recovery community to this free conference. Send them to our sign-up page.  Here’s the link:

Join the conversation & Connect to the Global Recovery 2.0 Community!

●    Facebook: – Like us, share your thoughts, stories and questions with our experts.    ●    Twitter: Follow us! @Recovery2point0 + Join the conversation! Tag @Recovery2point0 and @TommyRosen in your tweets and use hashtag: #MoveBeyond to tag all posts related to the event.

That’s it! We’ll see you tomorrow!

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please let us know at  and we’ll get back to your message right away. We are sending you our wishes for a strong recovery, vibrant health and a life beyond addiction.

With Love and Gratitude, Tommy Rosen & the Recovery 2.0 Team


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- His Final Speech

Every year at this time, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and remember the legacy of his heroic and prematurely ended life. We, in recent times, have seen the continuing struggles within the social construct we call “race.”  In the US, our difficulties began with the development of the Americas, and carries over today into how many marginalized populations are spoken to, treated, handled, serviced or cared for. The history of those of African descent brought to the Americas is a lengthy, complex and violent one, with traumas overflowing generationally, into each that next follows.

We would like to remember Dr. King at this time, his work towards equality and peace, and his work to bring to light and to eliminate the barriers of discrimination that were falsely created to deny many of rights and privileges and lives. We hope that his messages will stay in all of our hearts and minds each and every day, and not just on this one. His work, and the issues of social injustices and inequality which still pervade, most definitely have an enormous influence our work at MLI on a daily basis.

In many places, we see parades, festivals, luncheons, church celebrations, marches, and for some, this day is celebrated as an informal or an organized “Day of Service.”

If you are interested in being an individual or a group who participates in this annual service-oriented event, please see: If you have another special way that you, your workplace, your family and/or friends celebrate this day, please share it with us and we will post your replies. In honor of Dr. King, we would also like to share an article that ABC News posted.

“Martin Luther King’s Final Speech: ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ — The Full Text” Along with a video “Don’t know Much about Martin Luther King, Jr.”


To read the full speech and to watch the above, and other streaming videos, here at:


So, how far have we come to fulfill his dream in his final speech? We encourage you to take the following poll and to add your opinion to the discussions that are happening around the world:

Multicultural Trainings at MLI for 2015



CT-DMHAS Prevention Unit

Cultural Trainings at MLI


Here is a list of Multicultural Trainings at MLI that we are hosting over the next few months. These are sponsored by grants from the CT-DMHAS Prevention Unit, therefore FREE of charge to attendees. Our trainings intend to inform, educate and skill the workforce of service providers to better understand one’s own cultural background, awareness and beliefs, and to bridge those understandings with an in-depth learning about the cultural variables and dynamics among and between clients, coworkers and others with whom they work. All for the purpose of bettering mental and behavioral health, substance abuse, and suicide self-injury prevention or promotion skills and programming. We hope you can join us!

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Tuesday February, 24 , 2015   

Engaging South East Asian Communities (Inclement weather date Friday, Feb. 27th)

Thursday March 19, 2015

SIAN/CT- Suicide and Self Injury in Cross Cultural Context

Thursday March 26, 2015  

Challenges of Working with European Americans/”White” Culture

Tuesday April 7, 2015   

Highlighting the Diversity within the African Diaspora

Wednesday April 22, 2015

Mobilizing Social & Cultural Assets in Prevention and Health Promotion

Monday May 4, 2015  

Engaging and Working with American Indian Clients

Wednesday June 3, 2015

LGBT Culture


To register for any or all of these events, please go to the orange “EVENTBRITE” button to the right of this page, or our EVENTS tab at All of these trainings are free to attend, DMHAS-sponsored and hosted by MLI, Inc.



Adding Fuel to the Existing Fire: A simple analysis of the divided reactions and rhetoric in Ferguson, Ohio, NY and…

Hand fire

Adding Fuel to the Existing Fire:

A simple analysis of the divided reactions to the recent events in Ferguson, and Ohio, and New York, and…and…  Public rhetoric and responses are quite revealing of the deeper problems at hand.

I have intentionally waited some days to write this, for the culmination of the recent and volatile events in Ferguson, Missouri surrounding the death of young Michael Brown, aged 18 at his death. I have needed time to digest and process everything I am hearing and reading and learning, all the while constantly forced to react verbally or by my presence due to my position in my work and in my personal circles. In some cases it has caused agreement and in some cases it has caused great divide. I think this is representative of many others across the world right now.  I am not alone as so many others are finding their own voices and ways to express their feelings and frustrations at this time as well.

That said, it has caused an even larger crevasse in the national fabric (as if there was not one already there and sprawling?). The topics of race and institutional racism (which is omnipresent as is), come up like hot magma at times like this, spilling over as destructive lava into our daily lives. To talk of these things inevitably pisses people off locally and globally, it shames and guilts, it justifies, satisfies, and does the oh so many unsettling things that dynamic and loaded phenomenon in the form of large scale, and sensitive problems will do. No one wants to open that door, but it is wide open now. So, the timing is more than right, and long overdue, for not just discussion but for action.

For some local persons who are not so emotionally involved, nor keeping up with the information still pouring from these events, the people and things and lives affected may feel far away from our East Coast concerns. Yet for many others, they ignite personal and generationally-anchored feelings that are very strong, and they may also draw to the surface some very opinionated thoughts (and in many directions I may add). In recent weeks and days, there have been protests both violent and peaceful across the country and abroad. Diverse persons, from NFL players from the St. Louis Rams team, the public in NYC, and students and community members at Yale University in New Haven have given public voice to their feelings and wants for the violence to stop and for justice to be carried out in a fair way (as funny as that may sound). #Handsup solidarity has gone viral. But who else is listening?

The smoke from some fires (both literal and figurative) may have cleared but others are still brightly burning. We are now on the cusp of a ruling on a possible indictment for the murder of, also unarmed, Mr. Eric Garner, age 43, in New York City. Objectively speaking, we have another incident of an unarmed male of African descent who was murdered at the hands of law enforcement. A young male, Tamir Rice, age 12, was also killed by law enforcement in a case of mistaken possession of a weapon just two weeks ago. Another young man at a store in Ohio yet again.

These three recent and high profile cases are not isolated however. There is an epidemic of such incidences across the nation. Many of which you will never hear the likes of. But you can be assured they are happening, and continuing to happen non-stop. There are statistics that will speak to the numbers of youth and young adult Black and Latino (males primarily), and those in lower income neighborhoods, who are frisked, arrested and even who are killed by law enforcement at disparate rates, over other ethnicities of boys and men. By the way, the second highest group with these experiences are the mentally “ill,” with some intersection as well. The numbers do not lie. Disparities are usually transparent once you look at the figures…and in these cases they most definitely are. Some justify the violence as a necessary fallout of criminal or allegedly criminal activity. Others see a blank pass to enforce as desired, or a status quo to shoot first and ask questions or defend actions later. Where is the protect and uphold part of the enforcement? Is the duty to serve the community or keep them in place at any cost?

All of that being said, I won’t take the much needed time and attention here to bring up the issue of disparities in incarceration which we have covered so many times prior. Sadly, the resulting aftermath of further violence and destruction such as what has happened in Ferguson has served in many public arenas only to prove why police efforts must be ramped up in some minds. It also unfortunately detracts from what really happened there and with all of these other males, which is really the crux of the problem at hand.

These continued and seemingly increasing, public cases of unarmed Black males being subject to such violence or loss of life raises many questions of the overuse of force by law enforcement, and how it is selectively applied with whom and in what communities. I personally live in a very suburban and predominantly “white” community at present. I am also very aware of what privileges and what expectations this carries for me to live in a surburb (regardless of ethnicity) versus and urban area. Unlike in some other urban areas I have lived in there I had different expectations of having less security and safety, and also these were communities with differing demographics. I can expect that in my current living environment, the police in my community are exposed to a different set of issues on the whole, and I definitely without a doubt can tell you that incidents of stopping, profiling, or where there are unarmed persons in non-existent or even in suspected criminal activity will not be handled with extreme force or excessive violence. Therein lies one aspect of this problem. And to note, if the opposite were the case, I expect that our community would be rageful, especially if children were the victims. Then again, every person is, and was, someone’s child; a life.

Another large aspect of this epidemic are the reported variations in training of law enforcement officers nationally. We also can look at the demographics of the forces and where they are placed, and thus patrolling. Do they represent the community and are the knowledgeable about it and sensitive to the people and their needs or do they have extreme judgment that clouds their ability to think and relate rationally? The community’s history also plays a huge part in how law enforcement sees its role, and also in how the community accepts and responds to, or rejects the help or the authority that is present. Many persons who opined at the Ferguson ruling made many claims that history and oppression have nothing to do with what was happening. I greatly challenge that mindset. It would be remiss not to consider these factors. Very remiss.

These incidents also raise ever-growing concerns over the militarization of police forces. Certain communities, many in urban centers, are now stocking grenades and tanks and large artillery, etc., furnished from the older stocks of military supplies. Most persons are watching this happen without question, and particularly if it is not in their communities (perhaps not just yet, I may add), this is quite easy to oversee. Again, it is happening across the country, and the reports and the numbers do not lie.

These recent events have also brought up differences in strong opinions over calling out the value of, or the need for, protests. While I would never personally justify violence to retaliate violence, and I would never condone destroying innocent persons property nor bodies, I honestly can say that I do not know what I would do (nor would my neighbors) in the face of historical and daily oppression and the history of murdering of people in my very own community. I just have not ever experienced that. Yet I can empathize, and that is part of how to avoid the extremities in bias and judgment.

I also have noted that many outside persons during these weeks turned easily to victim blaming, whether they knew that was what they were doing. At the least I will call it “judging” again. Amongst some of the opinions I read or heard flying around both through social media and in live rooms described community protestors as out of control. They were poor, uneducated, animalistic, wild. They did not raise up their children properly. Many stated that the communities being affected should either not respond at a community level to an act of individual violence in their town. Some went as far as denying the experiences and feelings of others that have accumulated, and now exploded, thereby negating and invalidating their feelings, experiences, and ultimately objectifying and denying others’ humanity. Others stated that the (fifty to hundreds of) years of oppression and slavery, etc., should not account for any of the present day emotional fire fuel. Would it offend anyone to say that institutional and internalized racism has played a large part in this worldview and values judgment as well? Unapologetically, I just did.

Many who are aware of black history in the United States have equated these events to the Jim Crow law days when discrimination was overt and beatings and lynching by citizens and law enforcement were open, justified and rampant. African youth and adults were told to be submissive to keep peace and to keep their lives, especially if they knew what was good for them. Many now challenge that we are just another generation with a different version of the not-so-dead Jim Crow, given what we are experiencing even in 2014. The life experiences of persons who are not of European descent have not changed much in these areas since those times and long well prior. Black communities have been under some form of attack disparately all the while. They just have a different face, and now, also given widespread, mainstream media attention.

Another trend that I have witnessed is the martyrization and scapegoating of Black leaders, both historical and present, as if the leaders were accountable for “their peoples” actions. Some persons from Non-black communities are demanding that those protesting also should be abiding by the peaceful protesting philosophies of Martin Luther King and Ghandi amongst many others. “Why aren’t you listening to what he told you people to do?” is the exact message I have heard loud and clear. Charles Barkley, the retired NBA player now sports analyst was one of those who chastised his “own people,” with shame and bias. On the other hand, I have heard persons from Black communities rationally advising that King’s peaceful protest ideologies should be a reminder that things can be achieved in less violent manners. We see truth and yet the irony across the two. What is also missing is the fact that even Martin Luther King knew and stated that sometimes to have the collective voice be heard it was necessary to take things beyond peaceful protesting when that no longer works and backs were being stepped on and human lives were at stake. Again, submission is the institutionalized expectation, and most particularly for Black persons.

As I have stated, I will not support any interpersonal violence, but I can be open minded enough to understand why and how the aftermath and response to these events do happen, and without blame or demeaning bias. It’s beyond saddening and hurtful, and unfortunate, but I “get it” in some ways. Yet I also know that throwing a community leader’s name out as a reminder to folks (other than oneself ) as to why they should or should not behave or feel as one would like them to, is nonsensical and patronizing and biased to say the least.

If we also pay attention to documents and video footage of the language used by key witnesses, testimonies, law enforcement and politicians, the current language reeks of (OH MY, dare I say it?!…) Racism. Sorry folks, I cannot mince words. This is my work and this is my life. When I hear it, see it, feel it, I am obliged to call it, and I urge you to please take note, if you have not already, of the rhetoric and the terms used going forward. In the case with Brown, we hear language that criminalizes his (unrelated) drug use, he has been labeled a thug, he appeared “demonic,” and although he was 18 (still in his adolescence) he was “big for his age” and his community has been referred to as “animals.” All the par for racist beliefs expressed in language.

Recent reports have also arisen which I am currently following, that link Brown’s murderer, Officer Darren Wilson, to the KKK. I would not be surprised if these reports are found to be true. Not merely because he was white and Brown was black, but if you listen and read and pay close attention, people reveal their inner selves through their actions and language. He was also surrounded and enmeshed in a community with a long history of bias and unequal treatment by the local authorities. That has been established.

Another important point made in some of the news reports is the contradiction in the stance taken by media and the public at large about the response to weapons in the public’s hands. In some predominantly or even entirely white communities, open carry gun laws create an environment of acceptability for gun-toting males (and females at that) to walk freely. A person from this type of community would be offended if they were merely questioned about their weaponry, out of doubt of any law enforcement officers perhaps while simply walking down the street or going into a store. Wouldn’t that be an outrageous thought that one of these males possibly would be shot at or killed for their open-carry alone?

Would there be a simple offense taken, or would there most likely be a life taken if the same situation were a black male, and especially if it was in a low income community? I think the answer is more obvious than we would like to admit. In some communities (usually Black), it seems that the expectation of law enforcement is that this same behavior is not acceptable and therefore worthy of stopping or even death by shooting.

I have also heard news reports on major networks, where politicians and other public persons have tossed around blatantly false or even misinterpreted racial statements and figures. The best of the worst were some assumptions and figures about “Black on Black” violence by former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani who grossly misinterpreted and misused some statistics on violence and racial groups. The mainstream media hosts always seem in agreement and interested to hear more to fuel the public’s perception. It is frightening how erroneous and biased information can be so very powerful, and it is it very influential particularly coming from personalities of any stature whether they have the knowledge with which  to speak on a subject or not. This only adds to the discrimination and the cycle of repetition, and a mass-mob type mentality.

The latest deluge of bias oozing out of media mouths that I have also heard through some of the Ferguson related coverage was law enforcement’s suggestion for a call-to-arrest the stepfather of Brown for inciting riots, and to arrest any protesters who looted from local venues. It seems just that anyone who actually physically perpetrated further violence or a retaliation crime such as arson or robbery, should be dealt with the same as any other, and that discussion can be had. Yet, where was the call to have justice meted for the person who actually took a life? Or is a life less important? I would like the call the word “deflection” onto the floor at this time.

Guiliani also added further to his deluge when he stressed in another interview that there was a dire need to fairly protect an innocent man (Wilson, who actually never went to trial so we really do not know about the full innocence factor) from spending time in jail. However, what one should pay serious attention to is the further denial and continuous deflection from him and everyone else who speaks on these lines. There is a spoken and blatant ignorance of the fact that a young man’s life was lost. That in and of itself was not “fair” to say the least. Why is this not an obvious fact in these statements? Because of bias most likely. Bias is a huge blinder on a horse only running in one direction.

Outside of individual beliefs and mass hysteria propelled by media…I would like to ask where are our leaders that have the ability to affect change? Who has the power and also has the actual desire to make the changes? What is our local and our federal government doing to further this critical conversation and to take some seriously purposeful interventions and actions? You will see many more local efforts in the upcoming days and months, of persons and communities to voice their pain, rage, disenchantment and desire for change. They have been there for a very long time, it is now just more publicized, again, by mainstream media and with much criticism. There are many local established and some newer movements right here in Connecticut, who are calling for actual,sincere justice, stemming from the collectively sad and angry hearts resulting from these recent events. These groups also give the due recognition of the cumulative effects of history. Yes, history. You cannot discount it. Ever. Ever. Ever. (I hope that point is understood?). Given that this also is not a new problem, why are we not moving faster to rectify it?

I think it would be fair to say that no matter what belief system one holds, in one or more ways we have all had enough of some part of this all. We should also realize for whatever it is worth that we are also under the microscope of world scrutiny for the actions and choices being made, as we like to pose ourselves as a superior and civil nation on the global stage and therefore open ourselves to further criticism. We have a lot of hard but necessary work to do to fix this problem. The world also already knows that we have grossly mishandled racial and ethnic issues in our country.

Whether or not you or your community perceive that you are directly affected at time present, (and you very well could be at some future time, especially with the state of police militarization and other factors), I do believe that what each of us will do next will be a test not just of moral strength but of our total value of humanity.




After this blog post was completed and JUST prior to publishing it online, the Eric Garner ruling came in. There will be no indictment here as well. Pay attention to the language here as well. I refuse to change a thing within this text to enforce my stances therein. Points proven.

In the spirit of a prior article I wrote here, on the Bystander Effect, I would like to share this quote (also by King):

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”   ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968



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#GivingTuesday and our Invitation to Support MLI

CUlturally-informed advocates and leaders like yourselves are so much Needed now more than ever before in history. We live in a worlD that ignites voices at the sound of words, that burns our hEarts when we feel hands and whispers from the otheR sides of our communities or from around the globe, and that forever emblazonS our souls when we Try simply to leArn from aNd to understanD others…

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Cultural Elements in Treating Hispanic Populations-Training for Substance Use Disorder Counselors


Cultural Elements Training

Cultural Elements Training in Treating Hispanic Populations




North Haven, CT | Best Western Plus North Haven Hotel

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

Join Us December 10, 2014!

Time: 8:30 a.m.

(Registration and Breakfast)

Training: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

CEU’s: Equivalent to 6 NAADAC credit hours

Includes Breakfast and Lunch


Studies show that Hispanics and Latinos seeking addiction and mental health treatment confront many barriers when accessing cultural and linguistically competent care. This training will increase the competencies of addiction professionals working with Hispanic or Latino communities to integrate culture into practice and affect successful outcomes for their clients. Discussions will include how culture affects Hispanics and their drug use, cultural factors in treatment, co-occurring disorders, treatment related barriers encountered by Hispanic and Latino clients and culturally appropriate strategies to address them.

  • Understand how cultural change affects Hispanics/Latinos and their drug use
  • Identify and address problems faced by Hispanics/Latinos around access and readiness for treatment and recovery
  • Explain the relationship between culture and treatment
  • Gain basic competencies for managing clients with co-occurring disorders


Haner Hernandez, PhD, CADACII, LADCI



Brought to you by:

The New England ATTC

(HHS Region 1)


The MLI, Inc.





or go to EVENTS page and click on the orange “EventBrite” Button for all live events that are being offered.

Cultural Elements Training


Fall Trainings at MLI and a New Partnership with the CCB!

Here is the latest list of new Fall Trainings for MLI. Two new events will be co-sponsored with the CT Certification Board (CCB). This is an exciting new collaboration for both agencies! Also, please see below for respective agency registration methods. We hope you will join us!



Course Title: Multicultural Education (Based on the California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale-CBMCS)

Training Agency: MLI, Inc., 127 Washington Ave, East Building, North Haven, CT
Date(s): Wednesday October 29th, 2014

Time: 9am-4 pm

Course Description: As mental health services providers, we are in the front lines of responding to the calls for multi-culturally competent care and the addressing of the documented disparities for minorities in mental health services. A major finding of research is that cultural, racial, and ethnic minorities bear a greater burden from unmet mental health needs and thus suffer a greater loss to their overall health and productivity. Multicultural Education based on the California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale (CBMCS) by Dana, Gamst and Karabetian and published by Sage Publications, addresses these concerns and provides Multicultural Knowledge, Awareness of Cultural Barriers, Awareness of Sociocultural Diversities, and Sensitivity and Responsiveness to Consumers. Combining cognitive and affective training modalities helps facilitate the process of incorporating competency training into professional skills. Such interpersonal skills training offers identity perspectives that can potentially foster personal growth, wholeness and well-being in clients and increase their feelings of being accepted and understood in cross-cultural, cross-racial, and cross-ethnic mental health service delivery.

Instructor: Marc Chartier

To register: Click on the ORANGE EventBrite button to sign up here through MLI’s Events page



Course Title: Alternative Medicine and Addictive Disorders

Training Agency: Conn Certification Board (CCB) and the Multicultural Leadership Institute (MLI)
*******(THIS WILL BE HELD AT THE CCB, 100 S. Turnpike Rd, Wallingford, CT)

Date(s): Saturday Nov. 8, 2014

Time: 9am-4:30 pm

Course Description: CAM (Complimentary Alternative Medicine) is increasingly popular in the western world for the prevention and treatment of a variety disorders. It has been utilized by many persons of all cultures and ethnicities across the world, and it is also heavily culturally influenced. Topics covered will include physiological effects of addictive disorders, nutrition, meditation, acupuncture and spirituality.

To register contact:

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Instructor: Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA



Course Title: Supporting Sexual Health of LGBT Individuals in Early Recovery

Training Agency: Conn Certification Board (CCB) and the Multicultural Leadership Institute (MLI)
*****(THIS WILL BE HELD AT THE CCB, 100 S. Turnpike Rd, Wallingford, CT)

Date(s): Friday December 5, 2014

Time: 9 am-4:30 pm

Course Description: Sexuality is often one of the most fragile areas of a recovering individual’s torn self-esteem. Many of the issues of love and relationships, that come up for individuals in recovery from addictive disorders, may be related to sexuality. The needs of LGBT people in prevention, treatment and recovery require culturally competent care to ensure their place on the path to a full and sustained recovery.

To register contact: or go to

as This is not available through MLI’s Eventpage

Instructor: Juline Koken, Ph.D



Course Title: Cultural Competency with Regard to Islam and Muslims

Training Agency: MLI, Inc., 127 Washington Ave, East Building, North Haven, CT

Date(s): Wednesday December 10, 2014

Time: 9am-4 pm

Course Description: This workshop will consist of a presentation and discussion about Islam and Muslims Beliefs and Practices, the Demographics and show some short video clips that we will discuss. We will highlight American Muslims and the challenges they face in being immigrants, refugees, converts, American Muslims who have been here for generations, descendants of slaves, etc. We will also look at these dynamics of culture and religion and how to apply them to conducting prevention and treatment related programs and services.

Instructor: Aida Mansoor, Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy, MS in Health, BSc (Hons) Physiology and Biochemistry.

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Working with Street Gangs in New England and Building Health Equity

Full Conference Title: Working with Street Gangs in New England and Building Health Equity

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time: 9am-4pm (Registration & Continental Breakfast starts at 8:30 am)

Location: Best Western Plus North Haven Hotel, 201 Washington Ave.,
North Haven. CT 06473

Presented by: New England ATTC (Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network), Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University, Box G-S121 Providence, Rhode Island 02912.(

In collaboration with: Multicultural Leadership Institute, Inc. of CT (

Intended Audience: This training is intended for staff, administrators, and/or volunteers of Community or Faith-Based Organizations, Addiction Treatment Providers, Criminal Justice personnel, Recovery Support Services, Health and Human Services, and other organizations interested in learning more about Street Gangs.

Description: This full day will focus on working with Street Gangs in the Northeastern part of the United States. Participants will hear from representatives of Community-Based Organizations, Criminal Justice, and Ex-Gang members. Facilitators and presenters will explore the latest research on the informal social control factors that contribute to the trajectory of U.S. adolescents and young adults becoming gang members, maintaining their gang affiliation and ceasing their membership.

The sessions will also address the vulnerability of local communities to street gangs and will discuss the variations, functions, risk and protective factors, and consequences. Additionally, we will address what function the gang serves in satisfying the psychological and social needs of their members. In order to continue to build health equity the training will address the complex relationship between street gangs, criminal justice, drugs, addiction, violence, health problems, family issues, and access to culturally competent services.

Outcome Objectives (participants will):

A. Have a greater understanding of the complexity of street gangs, how they interact with community, and their impacts;

B. Increase knowledge of risk/protective factors, criminal justice, drugs, addiction, violence, health, and family issues;

C. Increase skills and strategies for engaging street gangs and creating meaningful access to health and human services (Building Health Equity); and

D. Identify and increase opportunities for collaborations with organizations that work with street gangs (community and faith based, health and human services, criminal justice, etc.).

Continuing Education Units: CEU’s will be awarded to individuals attending the entire day. NAADAC and IC&RC CEU’s will be offered.

Costs/Meals: There is a $25 per person fee which includes registration, a continental breakfast and box lunch, and CEUs.


“Unconscious Bias” Training Program

Unconscious Bias- Offered as Half-day or Full-Day formats

Course Description: For years it has been clear that people make decisions every day that impact some groups more negatively than others: decisions about hiring, about purchasing, about promotions, about job assignments. More and more we are discovering that most of these decisions are not made by bad people with bad attitudes, but rather by well-intended people who have no idea about the unconscious processes that they use to make decisions about people who are different from them.

How do our biases develop? Are we consciously aware of how much of our decision-making is automatic, based on belief systems that we absorbed from our early lives? This course moves us away from the “good person/bad person” paradigm of diversity. A more accurate depiction is that we all have bias of one kind or another. The key is to identify and examine those biases, to consider how they impact our actions with others, in our jobs and in our lives.

*Each workshop participant ideally would receive an Unconscious Bias Workbook (Cook-Ross publication) prior to (or during) the workshops. If attendees receive this prior, there are approximately a few hours of pre-course work, which will enrich the course experience. If attendees receive the book during the event, the facilitator will utilize key parts of the workbook, and recommend out of course assignments for personal follow-up and development.

Measurable Learning Objectives:

  1. Individuals will develop a deeper understanding of the filters they use to view, interpret and judge themselves and others in personal and workplace settings.
  2. Identify patterns in how they evaluate, assess, interact, think, and work with other people.
  3. Begin to reveal personal and organizational values and norms, where those values come from, and how they impact the quality and effectiveness of our business and management decisions.

Instructors: Ellen F. Ornato and/or Tamara L. Petro, who are both MLI’s Certified Trainers of Unconscious Bias curriculum (through Cook-Ross,

Awareness Month Events: Get Informed and Take Action!

Awareness Month or Days

Some of the following upcoming or ongoing Awareness Month events have been provided by the Connecticut Clearinghouse (a program of Wheeler Clinic’s Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery) and/or other Community Partners and Friends of MLI.