CASAC Announces Mindfulness Practice


Article Contributed by
Kathleen J. Colby (CASAC)

Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) is offering an educational session for community members and professionals entitled “Mindfulness Practice: Enhancing Self-care & Client Outcomes.”

Elaine K. Hammond, LMSW will present this session on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. This 3 hour course is offered at the First Presbyterian Church (near the College), 219 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY. The Presenter, Elaine Hammond, LMSW is in her 40th year of Social Work practice, with experiences ranging from child welfare/protection to mediation/arbitration, and non-profit administration to clinical practice.

Is ‘mindfulness’ simply the latest faddish buzzword in a world gone slightly mad with information overload? Are the practices of persons living millennia ago relevant – and professionally responsible – in addictions practice of the 21st century?

This workshop will give practitioners working in addictions treatment knowledge in mindfulness interventions for client systems, the ability to tailor interventions to meet individual client needs and monitor efficacy firmly within trauma informed praxis.

Participants will have opportunities to experience mindfulness activities for themselves and discuss implementation issues with colleagues with consideration for policy practice, self-care and social media.

Persons living with trauma and addictions, and those who care about and work with them, can expect to benefit from this mindfulness training with practical application to the treatment of addictions, clients living with trauma and its after effects and clinician self-care.

This course is also suitable for professional credentialing as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) or Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS). The 3 CPP (Section 4) hours are approved for initial credit hours and for CPS/CASAC renewal by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. This course work is also recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board through reciprocity.

CASAC training offerings are suitable for community members that are aspiring to learn more about addictions and other related topics to improve their lives and the lives of others.

The fee is $50 and pre-registration is required. To register for the above course contact CASAC or Kathleen Colby, Director of Training Services, 664-3608,, or, visit our Website:

For further information about CASAC services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623 or visit our Website: