Camden County Board of Freeholder, Camden County College and Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force Presents “Strength and Hope: Shared Experiences of Addiction and Recovery”, a six-part educational series for addiction professional and aspiring addiction counseling professions.

All workshops will take place at:
Camden County College, in Taft Hall on the Blackwood, New Jersey
In the Presentation Room 2nd floor
Workshops start at 6:00pm

For more information please contact: Patty DiRenzo at (856) 374-6137

Supported by: Camden County Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Mental Health & Addictions, Camden County College, Human Services Program, Philadelphia-Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)


Workshop Information – Fall 2017

September 20,2017, Ray Massi

Topic: Gangs, violence, drugs and addiction:

This workshop will provide current data concerning the relationship between gangs, drugs and addiction in the tristate area with an inside look from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area’s (HIDTA) Deputy Director Raymond Massi.

Dep. Director Ray Massi

Was appointed Deputy Director of the Philadelphia-Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area(HIDTA) in 2016. Prior, Ray served nearly fourteen years as the Law Enforcement Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office; D.O.J. and twenty-seven years in Camden Police Department before that. Ray has worked with numerous law enforcement and civilian agencies throughout the state on counter-terrorism and other crime related issues. Ray is an Adjunct Professor since 2009 and has conducted numerous trainings/presentations to law enforcement, educators and community leaders in the areas of Extremism and Terrorism, Criminal Gang and Cult Behaviors and Addiction.


October 18, 2017, Randy Brooks Miller, RN-BC

Topic: The Families Role in Recovery:    

This workshop will provide a framework for families who have loved ones that have a substance use disorder. Best Practices and available resources will be discussed. In addition, the unique needs of parents whose children may develop or struggle with substance use and addiction will be discussed.

Randy Brooks Miller, RN-BC

Randy has over 30 years’ experience in both Mental Health and Addiction. Currently she is the Mental Health Nurse Liaison and Family Program Liaison and Advisor for the Lighthouse Recovery Institute. She is also a Peer Group Facilitator for the NJ State Nursing Association Recovery and Monitoring Program. In addition, she is a respected educator for professionals, community members, and families.  Aside from Randy’s strong clinical background, she is also the mom of a young adult with Substance Use Disorder who has been in long term recovery for over 6 years.  Randy is especially passionate about supporting other families on this difficult journey.  She is very comfortable sharing her experience, strength, and hope with family members. Randy truly understands the critical importance of a parallel recovery program for family members.


November 15, 2017, James Harris, PhD

Topic: Socratic Questioning for Assessment of Addiction: The Art of Socratic Questioning

Socrates was a philosopher whose mission in life was predicated on deep thinking.  In other words, thinking on a deeper level.  In addictions counseling, Socratic Questioning is a systematic method of questioning that encourages clients to contemplate, evaluate, and synthesize diverse sources of information (Overholser, 1988).  In this training, the clinician will be introduced to the basic concepts of Socratic Questioning and will be able to implement basic strategies to get clients to become critical thinkers about their addiction and road to recovery.

James Harris, PhD

Dr. Harris is an Adjunct Professor at Camden County College with over 25 years in training and addiction counseling practice with various agencies across South Jersey. Dr. Harris provides an exciting look at how to employ this art of questioning in the practice of addiction counseling.