To enhance Florida’s behavioral health system, the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health provides training, technical assistance and resources based on research, best practices and federal and state government accountability standards. SAMH contracts with several provider agencies to coordinate and conduct training and technical assistance. Trainings focus on evidence-based practice, skill-building sessions, emerging trends and performance improvement.
Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network
Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the ATTC Network provides training and technical assistance for evidence-based and promising treatment, recovery-oriented practices, and to improve the knowledge and skills of the behavioral health workforce.
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) Webinars
The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health contracts with the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association for training and technical assistance to enhance the knowledge and capacity of the behavioral health field for workforce development. Topics include: drug usage trends, medication-assisted treatment, recovery, ethics, evidence-based practice, trauma-informed care and more.
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) Learning Management System
The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), in partnership with the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, offers a variety of online educational opportunities through its Learning Management System(LMS). All courses are self-paced so the learner can set the pace of learning the material. Course topics include child welfare and substance use, cultural competency, peer and recovery support, women and substance use, substance-exposed infants and serving intravenous drug users.
The link to the online education platform is https://www.floridalearner.org/.
NAADAC Webinars Now Approved for NASW CEs - Over 75 Hours of Free Addiction Education!
NAADAC is excited to announce that its Webinar Series has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for continuing education (CE) hours. Social workers can now stay current on addiction issues through NAADAC's 75 hours of free addiction-related webinars, available 24/7, live or on-demand, through their computers, tablets, and smart phones.
Registry of Peer Specialist Trainers
The following is a list of trainers who are certified to facilitate the forty hour curriculum, Helping Others Heal: A Peer Support Training Manual. This training and curriculum covers the Florida Certification Board’s four content learning areas (mentoring, advocacy, recovery support, and professional responsibility) and applies to both mental health and substance use peers. The training is intended to enable individuals to master the job tasks necessary to effectively work as a peer specialist, whether working as an Adult, Family, or Veteran peer specialist. Some trainers are willing to travel statewide. This list denotes which regions they are closest to. Please contact trainers directly to organize a training or to find out if a training is being offered in your region.