The purpose of this workshop is to provide a synthesis between the healthcare provider and the individual who continues to use a substance that is causing extreme health related issues. Terminology and medical terms have been shown to often be a barrier in the treatment of SUDs. Clients refer to a drug of choice with a recognizable basis of knowledge gleaned from personal and collegial use. Without knowledge of the related terminology, healthcare providers are often unable to recognize detrimental effects the client describes. And without recognition, the opportunity to create a therapeutic relationship can be lost or misguided. Utilizing a unique approach of drug recognition and street terminology, an opportunity for health education can be created at the specific junction early in the relationship. Offering hope to the client and simultaneously expanding the knowledge of the Provider.
Donna McCarten White is the former consultant Addiction Specialist for the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Public Health Hospital for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is the former Chief Operating Officer and Nurse Executive at Worcester State Hospital. In addition, she was the Director of the DMH and Harvard University Commonwealth Research and Evaluation Unit. In the past she was the Director of Nursing and the Director of Chemical Dependency Services and the Dual Diagnosis Program at Pembroke Psychiatric Hospital.
She has received many awards in the past, recently the Frances Slanger Award from the Boston City Hospital Alumni Association on October 5th, 2018 and the Mentor Award from the Massachusetts Nurses Association at their Convention on October 18, 2019 . The University of Massachusetts Boston awarded her the Beacon of Courage Award in 2020 for her work in the field of Addictive and Substance Use Disorders. She is the statewide Chairperson of the MNA Addictions Council and oversees the Peer Assistant Program for Professionals seeking help in recovery. She is certified by the Green Cross Foundation as an educator and therapist in Compassion Fatigue concerns and is a specialist in Addictive Disorders, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization in Healthcare Professionals.