New Online Course for Clergy on Preventing Alcohol and Drug Problems

Washington, D.C. – The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) announces a new online course, Preventing Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Course for Clergy, which offers three (3) contact hours of education. This online course provides information on practical steps that can be taken to help the children and youth in the congregation and community. The intent of this course is to help clergy attain knowledge and skills about prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.

Sis Wenger, President and CEO of NACoA said: “As we approach National Children of Alcoholics Week, February 10-16, 2008, NACoA is pleased to launch this second course for clergy, which focuses on preventing alcohol and drug problems before they start or escalate. Enabling faith leaders to work with their congregations and the community-at-large to help prevent alcohol and drug use among children, including children of addicted parents is core to our mission. With this second online course, we are continuing our ongoing efforts to support accessible and affordable education for clergy and pastoral leaders so they can help the children, adolescents and families in their communities.”

The course can be accessed at To enroll in the course go to Register Now to complete the registration process. The registration fee for the three contact hour course is $35. A document of completion can be printed out at the end of the course.

The course is based on the handbook “Preventing and Addressing Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Handbook for Clergy,” published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. This online course fulfills half of the training/education requirements for the Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families, a joint project of NACoA and NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals. NACoA is an Approved Education Provider through NAADAC.

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