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

Virtual 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.


– 06/2021

COSSAP Webinar: Recovery Planning

Virtual Learning

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid and stimulant misuse and to achieve positive outcomes.

The power and potential of PRSS come from the unique roles that peers play, promoting both hope and pragmatic steps for change.  As peer practitioners move into a variety of roles in the criminal justice system, programs need to carefully plan and prepare to integrate peer supports into their portfolio of services. This preparation should include the consideration of recovery planning, and organizations’ ability to promote a system of self-care and sustained recovery.

This session for peer workers and peer program supervisors will:

  • Explore recovery planning as a strengths-based, self-directed process.
  • Define recovery capital and identify its significance to sustained recovery.
  • Identify goal-setting tools to use while supporting people in recovery in varied contexts.


Linda Sarage, MEd, MA, has extensive experience developing and implementing recovery planning for PRSS programs in criminal justice settings. Linda has been in recovery for over 35 years and is a passionate advocate for the peer recovery movement. Linda is former Director of the RECOVER Project, a peer recovery support center in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She has supported recovery coaching statewide with the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) and is a lead trainer for the Recovery Coach Academy and Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches. She provides technical assistance to recovery community organizations locally and nationally. Linda is the Director of the Addiction Recovery Coach Certificate program at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts.

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