A special Superintendent’s Conference Day presentation

brought to you by CAPE of Dutchess County, the Wappingers Congress of Teachers, and WCSD

Shining the Light…

on substance use disorder & stigma in our community

Follow the link below to download the 2019 SCD Save the Date:

Starting at 12 pm (noon) at Wappingers Junior High School

30 Major Macdonald Way, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590


Welcome & Introductions
Documentary Screening: The Anonymous People
Breakout Workshops: Presentations & Community Resources

The event will include appearances by Andrew Pallotta (the NYSUT President), José Carrión (Superintendent for WCSD), Greg Williams (the director of the film – The Anonymous People), John Shinholser (a recovery expert featured in the film), Marcus Molinaro (Dutchess County Executive), Dr. Anil Vaidian (Commissioner DCDBCH), Sue Serino (NYS Senator), Didi Barrett (Assemblymember).


Seating is limited. Participants must select their workshop in advance.

  • Blindspots & Vape Escape – Learn about these two interactive, educational programs provided by CAPE. You will explore the Blindspots model teen bedroom and enjoy a presentation about paraphernalia and other indicators of drug and alcohol use. A second presentation will demonstrate the Vape Escape program, where teens must navigate an escape room by solving clues and puzzles that teach them about the dangers of vaping.
  • Tools for Coping Using Arts & Mindfulness – Through experiential and hands-on exploration, access techniques based in Creative Art Therapy and mindfulness practices. Leave with a tool or two that you (and your students) can use to tame stress and cope with day-to-day situations. Accessible materials and simple techniques, with no art skills needed!
  • Mindfulness & Self Care Tools for a Healthier Life – Learn the definition of mindfulness and its connection to healthy living. Understand the importance of breath work, meditation, and movement. Engage in various techniques to help you develop your own personal practice. Feel the connection between the mind and body and see how it can affect our overall well-being.
  • Community Member – Pat Roza – Hear from a real parent from our community who has lived experience with the loss of a child suffering from substance use disorder. Leave with a better understanding of the challenges that families face in today’s world.
  • About Narcan & How to Use It – Narcan (naloxone) is life-saving intervention that can help prevent death by reversing an opioid overdose. Learn about this important medication from trained officers of the East Fishkill Police Department, and get trained in how to administer it in an emergency. Stay for Q&A afterward and leave with your own Narcan kit.
  • Understanding EAP Resources – EAP helps employees and their families cope with various personal issues in life, including substance dependency, anger management, grief, or financial stress. They provide confidential counseling, assessment, referral, brief treatment, and follow-up services. Their goal is to improve morale, reduce accidents and turnover, and assist with crisis situations. Come learn more about this important staff resource.
  • About Advocacy & Policy – Join John Shinholser (recovery expert featured in The Anonymous People) and local policymakers in an honest conversation about advocacy and the action required to adapt policies surrounding substance use disorder. Don’t miss an opportunity for Q&A about the film and about the subject of advocacy.
  • Faith-Based Resources – Learn more about the critical role of the faith-based sector in providing support and resources to our Dutchess County community, specifically relating to substance use disorder. Hear from someone who is experienced as a member of the clergy. Q&A session to follow.
  • Our Stories Have Power – This training empowers individuals in recovery, their families, and other supporters of the cause in using non-stigmatized language when speaking about substance use disorder (addiction) and recovery. Learn how to talk about this topic in a positive light, for the purposes of advocacy and reducing the shame associated with SUD and recovery in our society. This training is based off of content developed by Friends of Recovery – New York and Faces & Voices of Recovery.
  • Ending the Silence (NAMI) – This engaging presentation from the National Alliance on Mental Illness helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. This includes an  informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery.
  • A Medical Perspective on Addiction – Learn about the medical model currently directing New York State’s intervention services for substance use disorder (addiction). Hear from someone with real experience in the medical field that works closely with individuals and families affected by SUD. Leave with a better understanding the strategies in place in NYS for treating this complex brain disease.
  • Addiction in the LGBTQ+ Community – This workshop will explore the needs of the LGBTQ+ population, specifically in regard to substance use disorder (addiction). Become more knowledgeable about gender identities and the impact of changing the language we use in our day to day lives. Come be part of the solution and help support efforts to increase acceptance of all individuals and decrease stigma in our society.
  • County Services for Dutchess Residents – Learn about the myriad of services that are available in Dutchess County for individuals and families wrestling with the substance use disorder (addiction). Get a clearer understanding of local resources, where they are located, and how to utilize them. Listen to a representative from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health with an inside knowledge of the county’s behavioral health structure.
Last year’s video message from the WCT:
Photos from last year’s conference day (speakers, panels, workshops):