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


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.



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!

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.


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.

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