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:

#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…

Won’t you please help to support MLI this month, or throughout the year? Our social justice and anti-discrimination work takes place every day.

To help us a little or a lot, please sign up at:


There you can Shop, Just search, or do both. Set your buttons and bars. MLI will benefit from your simple actions, and the magic takes place behind the scenes of the everyday things you already do.

You may also reach our Paypal button on any of the pages within our website at

We count on grants and small contracts to run our operations and programs, and you would be surprised how much we do with a small staff and agency! If you have not, come visit us or ask for our photo tour!

#GivingTuesday, and Wednesday and Thursday and January and July….. because Understanding doesn’t stop at January 1.

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:

or go to   as This is not available through MLI’s Eventpage

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.

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



Contact us at with any questions!

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.


PACCT: Project for Addictions Cultural Competency Training- Free Training Opportunity

PACCT: Project for Addictions Cultural Competency Training Program

Free Training for Addictions Counselors and Preventionists

Across the state and the nation, there is a shortage of addictions counselors who are represent the cultures of the communities they serve. Many underserved persons  are experiencing not only some of the greatest substance abuse problems and are also having poor experiences with prevention, treatment and recovery services. PACCT: The Project for Addictions Cultural Competency Training Program is a recruitment and training program funded through the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services designed to address these issues.

Please click here if you would like more information on the PACCT program.

or visit:


Diverse Consultants Sought for MLI’s Multicultural Trainings and Events

Diverse Consultants Wanted

Diverse consultants are wanted to assist us in our mission! The Multicultural Leadership Institute (MLI), Inc. is always looking for a diverse group of dedicated, professional consultants to help deliver statewide trainings, events and/or assist in develop curriculum or other materials in various areas of cultural competency, and for various fields and disciplines. [more].

If you are interested, please read through our website and notice the various areas, topics and fields of our work. Consultants are needed in Connecticut and the surrounding regions. Most work is as-needed, and per-diem, although some projects may have other or extended timelines. We do our best to match clients with the best match for services

If you would like to be considered, send your resume along with a cover letter specifying your interest in MLI, and specifically your areas of contribution and expertise. Please also read MLI’s website content to know about our mission, programs and services. MLI screens all candidates for expertise, professionalism and may require references or samples of work (Please do not send these unless they are requested).

Thank you for your interest in MLI!

Board of Directors – Looking for New Members with Diverse Business Backgrounds!

MLI is Seeking New Members with Diverse Business Backgrounds!

The Board of Directors  for MLI, Inc. is evolving and expanding. We are looking for a diverse group of dedicated, business-oriented persons in areas such as finance, accounting, law, marketing, fundraising, or others, to assist the Executive Director in facilitating a unified vision and provide, on a volunteer basis, governance and support to MLI’s administration and resources.

Previous Board experience is important to us. We also need our non-profit’s Board members to be our most steadfast “cheerleaders” and to represent and promote MLI and help us to grow strong! With your personal contribution of time and expertise, you will help us to promote much needed multiculturalism and diversity efforts.

Required if interested: Please send your C.V./Resume by E-mail, along with and a brief letter of interest which also specifically states what needed skill/s (mentioned above or other) that you think you can bring to our Board and our Agency. We foster and encourage diversity at all levels, and encourage all applicants with these mentioned qualifications to contact us.

Contact: MLI’s Executive Director, Tamara L. Petro. Please put the words “BOD APPLICANT” in the Subject line. Again, please see required materials above. [ more ]

Engaging Diverse Families- Diversity Training Program for Early Childhood Educators

Engaging Diverse Families in Early Education Diversity Training

Engaging Diverse Families can be a challenge for any early childhood education center or school. This can be a dynamic and sometimes sensitive issue that needs consistent attention and work.

Diversity occurs at all levels, and is also ever-changing.  Staff and family demographic and cultural variables also change. Are you prepared for these challenges and opportunities to create inclusiveness for all who are involved? We can help you with information and strategies to address some of these issues:

  • Are you needing technical assistance for your organization’s own cultural competency and diversity planning or implementation?
  • Are you struggling with diversity management issues in the areas of human resources, staff, student recruitment or family involvement?
  • Are you needing to build awareness, knowledge or skills in any of these areas relating to cultural competency or diversity?
  • Are you looking for Multicultural or Diversity training for NAEYC/CAEYC accreditations?
  • Are you looking for strategies in order to help you achieve NAEYC’s initiatives around “Engaging Diverse Families” or to celebrate the “Week of the Young Child”? (
  • Lastly, and most importantly, are you looking to create an inclusive and successful learning and care-taking environment for all staff, students and families with whom you work?

MLI’s training programs and technical assistance services are available year-round. They will help your center or school to address these important issues and needs.

We have presented at the CAEYC Annual Conferences, and at multiple early childhood consortia and centers in Connecticut.

If you would like to discuss your center’s needs, and for more information on these services, please contact us. [more]