Advocacy Training


Please find attached the training information concerning the Advocacy domain training. It is scheduled for Oct. 29th, 2015. I know you have been waiting for this training. It provides 6 training hours of the required 10 training hours needed in the advocacy domain to apply to the Maryland Addiction and Behavioral-health Professionals Certification Board to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. Please see attached flyer for information concerning the training and to electronically register for the training.

Also please know, you will be receiving very shortly training and registration information for the other three domain trainings. However, you may want to mark these training dates in your calendar:
Mentoring and Education Domain Training- November 10th
Recovery and Wellness Domain Training- December 1st.
Ethical Responsibility Domain Training-December 15th.

All of these initial trainings will be held in Catonsville at the Vocational Rehabilitation Building (formerly the ADAA building) the OWDT Training Room, ground floor on the campus of the Spring Grove Hospital, 55 Wade Ave. Please know, we will also be offering this training in other regions of the state in early 2016. So if you can not attend these trainings, there will be other opportunities to receive this training. Please note you must attend all six hours of the training in order to receive a certificate for the training day, no credit will be giving for partial attendance.

Questions? You can reach me by email at

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NAMI Maryland 2015 Annual Conference

The annual conference for NAMI Maryland will be held on October 16th & 17th.  This conference will provide individuals a chance to learn about the latest research & uncover resources that you may not have known were available.  Invitations are extended to individuals with mental illness, families, faith leaders, community members, students, healthcare providers and criminal justice professionals.  Here is the link to register for the conference and obtain additional information.

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Certification Rosters

Certification rosters have been added to the Certification and CPRS pages. Any questions regarding the listings can be directed to

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“Training – An Overview of Counseling in the Criminal Justice System”

MABPCB will conduct a training regarding Counseling in the Criminal Justice System on August 28, 2015.  This training will provide professionals with criminal offender skills & knowledge in effectively and ethically assessing and treating offenders.  The facilitator is Lauretha Vargas.  The cost is $75 in advance and $80 at the door.  Please reserve your seat by email at  Also, please see the following flyer for more information:  CCJP Training 082815.

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Recovery Partners Montgomery 2nd Annual Cookout

2nd Annual Peer to Peer Cookout - Recovery Partners Montgomery

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MABPCB would like to thank everyone for their interest in the Ethics Training for Addiction Counselors on June 05, 2015.  Unfortunately, this training has been cancelled!  However, we do hope to re-offer this training in 2015.  Please continue to view our website for upcoming training.  Thank you!

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Peer Support Specialist Wage & Salary Survey

Peer Support Specialist Wage and Salary Survey

A wage and salary survey for Peer Support Specialists is being conducted in collaboration with a number of consumer organizations including: New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS); the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA); the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS), and others.  The goal of this survey is to gather timely information that will help inform and support the Peer Support Specialist Workforce on issues related to wages and salaries.  All individual responses provided will be confidential.  Summary information will be open and available for distribution and use, and is intended for the promotion of improved compensation for Peer Support Specialists.  There are two versions of this survey – one can be completed by individuals who are employed as Peer Specialists and one for organizations who employ Peer Specialists.

The links for these surveys are:

Individual Peer Support Specialists:

Organizations who employ Peer Support Specialists:

Please help distribute this announcement to anyone or any organizations who can complete this survey.  The deadline for completion is June 26, 2015.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated, and any questions can be directed to Allen Daniels at:

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Update to this Friday”s Seminar at MedStar Montmomery

4 CEUs are now being offered for Maryland social workers. Training is FREE. Registration is in post below. If you are reading this on social media, click the link and you will be taken to page where both posts may be found. Contact number is 301-774-8801. Email is

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Managing ADHD & Substance Abuse – Free Seminar

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center’s Addiction & Mental Health Center will be hosting a free seminar on May 29, 2015 from 8am to 12 noon. Presenter is Dr. Patrick Savage. This training provides 4 CEUs for addiction counselors and other professionals. To register, please contact J. D’Abbondanza at 301-774-8801 or MedStar Montgomery is located at 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney, MD 20832. Parking is free.

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MABPCB would like to thank everyone for their interest in the Ethics Training for Peer Recovery Specialists on May 29, 2015.  Unfortunately, we have fulfilled the mandated seating, but we do hope to provide additional training this year.  Please continue to view our website for scheduled training.  Thank you!

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