Common Ground is honored to have been asked once again this year to lead a day-long pre-conference institute and deliver a keynote plenary session at PA CPA’s 30th Annual Conference. The conference will take place 9-12 June in State College, PA.
The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) is a member-driven, grassroots, non-profit organization whose mission is to support prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse. Since 1976, CPA has kept the needs and concerns of the prevention professional and the field of substance abuse prevention as its key focus. Today it continues to be the foremost voice for prevention in Pennsylvania.
Our Preconference Institute—Power, Privilege & Prevention—will argue that if prevention programs are to succeed in improving social conditions in this country, it is critical that the field is actively engaged in understanding and addressing issues of power and privilege in our work. In this session, we will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in a variety of thought-provoking and highly interactive activities designed to explore the ways in which we have been socialized to understand human differences. This workshop will involve participants on a personal level; as well as provide mechanisms for incorporating community building and anti-oppression strategies into existing and future agency programming. At this moment in time, in an election year, and after a period of divisiveness in our country unlike anything we’ve seen in generations, these issues demand our attention.
I’m Not Telling You It Is Going To Be Easy,
I’m Telling You It’s Going To Be Worth It.
Our Plenary Keynote—Reimagining Advocacy in Our Upside Down World— will discuss the critical role that advocacy must play as our agencies are forced to grapple with a myriad of serious issues, even as resources are more constrained than ever. But, this won’t be your everyday advocacy session. We’re going to shake things up a bit. We want participants to unlearn some of what they’ve been taught and begin to think about how individuals and agencies can change the game when it comes to garnering attention for critical work. We’ll help participants understand how values like passion, change, trust, and gratitude can be leveraged effectively in your advocacy efforts; and we’ll explore the impact of actively building and leveraging high-trust relationships as a tool for making a difference in the social-profit sector, our communities, and the world.