Substance Abuse and Addictions Studies Institute
What is SAASI?
A professional training program in alcoholism, drug abuse, and addictions prevention. For counselors, teachers, college students, coaches, and others working in youth sports, education, allied health, or human services.
Goals of the Program
Established in 1987, the Springfield College Substance Abuse and Addictions Studies Institute, better known as “SAASI”, provides an introduction into addictive behaviors, prevention, and early intervention and treatment.
A weeklong academic program held annually in June, SAASI is available for three SH of graduate or undergraduate credit (current tuition rates apply) or up to 27 clocks hours for continuing education credits.
This program has been approved by CRCC for 3.0 hours of Continuing Education Units per session.
A general certificate of attendance is also available for CEUs or PDP's.
Because the insidious problems of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions have reached unprecedented heights, the goals for the SAASI program are as follows:
- To provide an introduction/primer to the addiction process and substance abuse counseling.
- To educate participants in detecting potential substance problems and provide appropriate prevention and intervention measures.
- To provide resources, networking, and support systems for participants within the recovery field.
- To reduce the potential impact of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions on the lives of young adults and their families.
Is SAASI For You?
Are you a student or professional currently working (or foresee yourself working) with adolescents or adults in sports, education, or human services? If yes, then SAASI may be an important program for you.
SAASI may be a good for you if you are:
- Committed to improving your skills and abilities in working with the alcohol, substance abuse, and addiction problems among young adults today.
- Willing to participate in an intensive program, to enhance your professional growth and development.
- Open to proven and new ideas in substance abuse counseling, prevention, and treatment.
We hope you will join us at this year’s SAASI program.
All sessions will be held in the Wellness Center room 213 — a fully accessible site.
Program Fee: $60 per session
Nature and Scope of Substance Abuse Issues
Monday, June 10 8:30-11:45 a.m.
- An overview of current issues facing our culture that contribute to substance abuse, use, and dependency.
Basic Treatment Strategies
Monday, June 10 12:30-3:45 p.m.
- The tools to detect early warning signs of substance abuse problems
- A primer on counseling techniques for the substance abuse population with special emphasis on youth, adolescents, and college students
Tuesday, June 11 8:30-11:45 a.m.
- An in depth perspective on the comorbidity between mental illness and substance abuse
- Effective strategies for treating people with dual diagnosis to provide help, hope, and recovery success
- A closer look at the polymorphic addictive behaviors in young adults with emphasis on rehabilitation counseling strategies
Creative Approaches to Group Counseling
Wednesday, June 12 8:30-11:45 a.m.
- Using creativity to engage clients in the recovery process
- Group dynamics that can encourage and enrich discussion, exploration, and deeper insight into personal recovery
Substance Abuse and the Student-Athlete
Wednesday, June 12 12:30-3:45 p.m.
- An exploration of youth sports, identity development, and markers for success.
- Red flags and targeted prevention that work for the modern day student-athlete.
Thursday, June 13 8:30-11:45 a.m.
- The Outpatient Opioid Addiction Treatment Program at Brattleboro Retreat: The clinical structure and function of a successful outpatient treatment program using buprenorphine therapy
AA and Personal Recovery
Thursday, June 13 12:30-3:45 p.m.
- An in depth look at recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) — mistakes, pitfalls, successes, and maintenance
Friday, June 14 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- An alternative treatment model focused on changing, lives, attitudes, and behaviors around substance abuse
- Presented by a counselor and key figure in one of New York City’s successful therapeutic communities
Identity Development and Youth Sports
Friday, June 14 9:45-11:45 a.m.
Rehabilitation & Disability Studies
Phone: (413) 748-3318
Fax: (413) 748-3787