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Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

8:30am – Registration & Continental Breakfast
9am to 12pm – Training  
12pm to 1pm – Lunch (on your own)
1pm to 4pm – Training

Registration Fee as follows: $169 per training event (includes 6 CEHs)
Register for any three training events and receive $50 off the total cost.

Continuing Education Hours Approved for:

  • MA Licensed Social Workers
  • MA Licensed Mental Health Counselors and NBCC Certified Counselors
  • MA Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors and NAADAC Certified Counselors
  • MA Social Workers and National Association of Social Workers

For more information, please contact Rosemary Marshall at (774) 670-4701 or



Spectrum Class Offerings


September 21, 2018

Understanding and Using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Techniques in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders – Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMHC

EMDR is a comprehensive psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of disorders and self-esteem issues related to disturbing events and present life conditions. EMDR therapy is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model which addresses the unprocessed memories that appear to set the basis for a wide range of dysfunction, including SUDs.

Participants will:

  • Learn about EMDR and its uses
  • Learn how trauma-informed interventions that are used in EMDR open pathways to DBT techniques
  • Learn how to address SUDs and associated traumatic experiences using the skills learned

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September 28, 2018

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Persons Struggling with Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Disorders – Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMHC & Sandra Beatty, MA, LMHC

Medication-assisted treatment is quickly becoming the standard of care for certain SUDs across the country. Many individuals who are addicted to substances have co-occurring mental health disorders. However, mental health and addiction treatment often occur separately, which means people are treated independently for multiple, yet many times, related disorders. This interactive workshop will provide information on the integrated treatment of SUDs and CODs, the effects of CODs on treatment outcomes, the effects of symptom severity, and the effects of CODs on client progress while receiving MAT.

Participants will:

  • Gain critical information on integrating treatment of SUDs and CODs
  • Understand the effects of symptoms severity and its effects on progress while a client is receiving MAT
  • Discuss treatment issues and considerations for clients in MAT

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October 12, 2018

Returning Citizens: Not Your Average Client – Earl Warren, MBA, LADC

This interactive training will deepen your awareness of the unique needs of clients returning from extended periods of incarceration and will give you the insights and techniques necessary to increase positive treatment outcomes for these returning citizens. When released from custody, individuals not only face a higher chance of relapse and/or overdose, but often struggle with co-occurring mental health issues, chronic medical conditions, life-long criminality, and in many cases, trauma.

Participants will:

  • Learn effective screening and assessment techniques for program placement
  • Learn treatment approaches for returning citizens with CODs
  • Understand more fully the issues of treating returning citizens under community supervision

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October 26, 2018

Understanding and Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Techniques in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders – Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMHC

This interactive training will teach you how to help clients struggling with SUDs achieve self-acceptance while simultaneously accepting the need for change through the four basic aspects of DBT: distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal relations, and mindfulness practice. 

Participants will:

  • Enhance their skill set in addressing SUDs through DBT skills acquisition
  • Learn how to help clients achieve self acceptance and understand the need for change
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the four constructs of DBT and their application

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November 16, 2018

Grief and Traumatic Loss: Unique Challenges and Interventions when Working with Substance Use Disorders – Heidi DiRoberto, LMHC & Yeonjoo Son, LMHC

With the rise in number of fatal overdoses, clients with SUDs experience pre-mature loss at much higher rates than the general population. While loss is a part of every human experience, it is one of the most difficult and isolating experiences to manage under the best of circumstances. Many of our clients lack the skills and supports needed to cope with such situations. Supportive skill-building is especially important to help clients with substance use disorders deal with traumatic loss and maintain their recovery.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to help clients identify emotions related to loss
  • Discuss skills to manage emotions and loss
  • Gain understanding on how to help clients acquire the skills needed and how to process emotions effectively

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November 30, 2018

Applying Mindfulness Techniques and Practices in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders – Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMHC

Mindfulness practice is an idea originally borrowed from Zen Buddhism and is quite simply about becoming focused on the present moment as opposed to the past or future and to be aware and accepting of what is happening, both internally and externally, without making judgments about the experience. This can also be described as acceptance of the self and of circumstances.

Participants will:

  • Learn various techniques for practicing mindfulness and how to teach them to clients struggling with SUDs
  • Understand more fully the practice of mindfulness
  • Be able to practice mindfulness exercises

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Meet Our Trainers

Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMHC
Dr. Buivydas has more than twenty-five years of experience in the behavioral health field, specializing in substance use disorder and mental health treatment. In addition to serving as the Vice President of Clinical Development at Spectrum Health Systems, he provides education, training, and consultation in clinical best practices throughout the country and regularly presents at professional conferences/symposia.

Earl Warren, MBA, LADC
Mr. Warren is an experienced administrator and clinician in the field of addictive disorders. For the past ten years he has overseen all of Spectrum’s correctional treatment programs in Massachusetts, including in-prison treatment, offender reentry programs and segregated treatment programs for high-risk offenders. Mr. Warren serves on the American Correctional Association’s Mental Health Committee and is a frequent presenter at ACA conferences.

Heidi DiRoberto, LMHC
Ms. DiRoberto is the Program Director for Spectrum’s largest outpatient treatment center, located in the heart of Worcester. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has extensive expertise in addiction treatment and mental health care. She is incredibly committed to her clients and is always looking for new ideas to help them achieve and maintain sobriety.  

Yeonjoo Son, LMHC
Ms. Son is currently the Clinical Program Director at Spectrum’s outpatient treatment center on Lincoln Street in Worcester which provides medication-assisted treatment to more than 1,500 individuals each day. Ms. Son has a master’s degree in Education in addition to a certificate of advanced graduate study (CAGS) in Counseling Psychology. She has extensive expertise in PTSD, cognitive behavioral therapy, substance use disorders, and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Sandra Beatty, MEd, LMHC
Ms. Beatty serves as the Clinical Program Director at Spectrum’s outpatient treatment center in Framingham which offers medication-assisted treatment including methadone and buprenorphine as well as substance use disorder treatment and mental health services. She holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and has extensive experience in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness. 


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Through the operation of our multi-state programs, Spectrum has demonstrated its effectiveness in developing strong partnerships with public and private purchasers.  Recognizing the unique management approach needed to support out-of-state operations, Spectrum has built an infrastructure capable of meeting these demands.  All programs benefit from Spectrum’s corporate resources which provide expertise in clinical design, human resources, financial management, training, risk management, compliance and quality improvement.

For more information regarding correctional treatment services, please call the Spectrum corporate office at

(508) 792-5400

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Project Peer Connection

A Peer Mentoring Program for Reintegrating Ex-Offenders


What is Peer Mentoring?

Peer mentoring involves one-to-one support to ex-offenders as they return to the community, helping them access needed resources, services and other supports. It includes motivating individuals to engage in community-based services, making follow-up phone calls, and providing ongoing encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Who is a Mentor?

A mentor is a volunteer who acts as a role model, a coach and a “bridge” to appropriate resources. Mentors are non-judgmental. They are there to listen and assist the client in attaining his/her individual goals. Matches are made based on commonalities and preferences of both the client and mentor.

Mentors come from all different backgrounds including some who have previously been incarcerated and others who have not. Mentors are closely supervised by Spectrum’s mentoring coordinators.

 Our Process

  • The mentoring process begins with a series of face-to-face “bridge” meetings that include Spectrum’s in-prison mentoring coordinator. Typically, 3 to 5 bridge meetings take place over 3 months leading up to release.
  • Mentors then meet with clients 6 to 8 times over 3 months in the community. Meetings may include phone calls and in-person meetings.
  • Length of participation may be extended based on individual needs and preferences.

Mentor Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must have access to personal transportation
  • Must commit at least 6 months towards the program
  • If in recovery, must have at least 2 years of sobriety
  • If an ex-offender, must be off parole/probation for at least 2 years
  • Mentors must complete Spectrum’s comprehensive orientation training
  • Strong community ties are a plus!


What are the Benefits of Being a Mentor?

  • Make a difference in another person’s life
  • Assist in building a safer community
  • Earn personal satisfaction from guiding, supporting and teaching others
  • By teaching others you will learn more yourself
  • Return the favor! Mentoring others is about giving something back


For more information, please call (508) 340-2980

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