Rural Oregon Opioid Trainings

Broaden your understanding of addiction, the availability of resources, and ways to help community members move towards positive changes and better health.


NEON's Removing Community Risks for Opioid Misuse in Eastern Oregon is a grant-funded program that works with community partners who support individuals at risk for or diagnosed with substance or opioid use disorder. 

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NEON offers a series of trainings on opioid misuse and addiction, targeted to Law Enforcement, Health Care Workers, CHWs, THWs, and Community Members. Trainings include:


Two- to four-hour trainings on a variety of topics, including:  

Brain Basics, Motivational Interviewing for Addictions, Compassion Fatigue for Addictions, Health Risks of Opioid Use, Family Impacts of Opioid Use, What is Medication-Assisted Treatment and How to Support It, Opioid Addiction for Traditional Health Care Workers.


If you would like more information about our grant or a specific training or topic, please do not hesitate to reach out to Lauren Babcock at [email protected].

 Brief Training Descriptions-


  • Brain Basics: Understand the anatomy, development, and functions of the brain, particularly in the context of substance or opioid use disorders.

  • Motivational Interviewing for Addictions: Designed to help health and social service providers better serve individuals with substance use disorders or opioid use disorders.

  • Compassion Fatigue for Addiction: Learn how to help individuals gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral distress and how it pertains to addiction.

  • Health Risks of Opioid Use: Understand the importance of early neurodevelopment in the development of addictions and learn strategies to interact with the support individuals with substance use disorders and opioid use disorders.

  • Family Impacts of Opioid Use: Learn more about opioid misuse response, infection risks for PWID, and strategies to interact with the support individuals with SUD/OUD to continue medical treatment.

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment and How to Support It: (MAT) is used to treat substance use disorders as well as sustain recovery and prevent overdose. Lean how to connect community members to (MAT) services and collaborate with providers to support community success.

  • Opioid Addiction for Traditional Health Care Workers: Designed to help health and social service providers understand addiction, the history of the opioid crisis, harm reduction, and treatment resources for individuals with substance or opioid use disorders. This is a 4-week training.

Current Available Trainings:

Brain Basics 

A 3-hour online course for THWs, community members and professionals to understand the anatomy, development, and functions of the brain, particularly in the context of substance or opioid use disorders.  

    Offered Online    December 5th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

A foundational course where participants will learn about the anatomy of the brain and autonomic nervous system and how the brain develops prenatally and in early childhood. We will focus on the impact of trauma on brain development, including risks for addiction, as well as exercises and strategies to promote safety, connection, and regulation for prevention and intervention on substance abuse disorders. 

*This training offers 3 CEU contact hours for THW and MHACBO. 


Opioid Training for Traditional Health Workers

A 12 hour online course developed for Traditional Healthcare Workers, community members, and professionals who know/work directly with individuals with SUD/OUD.

    Offered Online    1pm - 4:00 PM January 30th & February 6th, 13th, 27th. 

This training address addiction as a coping and survival mechanism in response to biologic, epigenetic and social influences, and trauma history. Our goal is to move away from the stigma and shame of addiction and towards support and treatment.

Topics Include:

  • The biological, epigenetic, and social origins of addiction.
  • The historical and current-day context for opioid use and addiction.
  • Signs, symptoms, and impacts of opioid addiction on individuals and families.
  • High-level overview of evidence-based Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) model, especially emphasizing best practices of a comprehensive and team-centered approach.
  • Local MAT therapy resources specific to Eastern Oregon.
  • Naloxone training, including history and context, how to obtain and administer, and the importance of immediate follow-up post-administration.
  • Specifics of CHW/THW roles in the MAT treatment team, including role play and application exercise.

*This training offers 12 CEU contact hours for THW and MHACBO


Training Offerings Coming in 2023

March 20th: Motivational Interviewing and Addiction
April 10th: Compassion Fatigue and Addictions
May 15th: Medication Assisted Treatment and Support
June 12th: Health Risks of Opioid Use
July 10th: Family Impacts of Opioid Use

*Training dates are tentative and are subject to change.




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