Learning Opportunities

COSSAP offers a wide range of learning opportunities to support the efforts of communities and practitioners addressing the illicit substance use and misuse. Whether it is a face-to-face convening, a peer-to-peer learning opportunity, or virtual learning via an upcoming webinar, we welcome your participation.

Upcoming Opportunities

2020 National Handle with Care Conference (Virtual)—from August 2020 through June 2021

Online Learning

The West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice and the West Virginia Children’s Justice Task Force are dedicated to a trauma-informed response to child maltreatment and children’s exposure to crime, violence, and abuse.

The 2020 Handle with Care Conference is going virtual this year with one 90-minute session at a time every week. You will be able to attend every session this year. No more having to choose from one out of six breakout sessions and wish you could have attended them all!

Check out the sessions on the website: http://handlewithcarewv.org/2020-virtual-conference.php

If you are a Law Enforcement Officer, Judge, Prosecutor, Attorney, Social Worker, Medical Professional, Treatment Provider, Educator, Counsellor, Victim Advocate, Court Appointed Special Advocate, Probation/Parole Officer, Corrections Officer, Public Health Official, CAC, or work in the field of prevention, this conference will enhance your knowledge and skill in working these very difficult child abuse and neglect cases from a trauma-informed perspective.

All 45 sessions will be delivered most Wednesdays from August 2020 through June 2021 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. You will be able to register for individual sessions at $10 each. If you would like to purchase all 45 sessions for $150, contact Jenny Lancaster at jenny@terzettocreative.com.

Attendance certificates and CEUs will be provided and there is also an option to receive graduate credits from Concord University.

For additional information, please contact Director Andrea Darr, Andrea.L.Darr@wvsp.gov.


– 6/2021

Public Safety and Public Health Partnerships to Address Stimulants

Meetings and Convenings

This virtual meeting will highlight effective partnerships and promising practices for addressing stimulants.

You are invited to attend the upcoming virtual meeting Public Safety and Public Health Partnerships to Address Stimulants.

This meeting is being convened by RTI International and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) on behalf of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) as part of the larger Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP).

The virtual meeting has four panels taking place across two days, March 11–12, 2021. For each panel, there will be five short (10-minute or less) presentations, each covering a general topic area. Panelist remarks will be followed by both moderated Q&A sessions and open time for more specific questions or ideas. Each panel will be approximately 90 minutes long.

The goal of this virtual meeting is to bring together law enforcement leaders, researchers and public health experts, and community stakeholders to highlight effective partnerships and promising practices for addressing stimulants. We also hope to identify salient needs and critical gaps in knowledge or practice to improve response.

As a result of this meeting, a detailed report will be produced highlighting findings from these discussions to assist practitioners and researchers in preventing and reducing problems related to stimulants.

We hope you can join us for this important meeting. To attend, please register using the link below: https://rtiorg.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ricLtD61SzCEg_zU0o20QQ


– 3/12/2021

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