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CCET to host companion animals workshop, opioid epidemic seminar in June

CCET to host companion animals workshop, opioid epidemic seminar in June

The Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State College will host two informative events that are open to the public in June: “Taking Action for Companion Animals with Libby Post,” and “A Morning with Dr. Bertha Madras: An Opioid Epidemic Seminar.”

Taking place from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 7 at the Lake Lodge in Alfred, the companion animals workshop will walk participants through the steps of advocacy and the legislative process as they relate to companion animal issues. The workshop will cover the different ways of communicating with policy makers and elected officials on the local and state level, and how to put together a public affairs team and campaign. It will also look at policy issues that are at the forefront of animal sheltering and animal welfare.

Libby Post is the executive director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation. The Federation represents all of the animal shelters in New York State, advocating and lobbying on issues related to animal sheltering and animal welfare. Since 2013 when Post was hired, the Federation has quadrupled its membership, established the $5 million Companion Animal Capital Fund in the state budget, and passed legislation such as the Shelter/Rescue Registration Bill. The cost of the workshop is $55.

The opioid epidemic seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 20 at the Orvis Activities Center Auditorium on the Alfred State campus. Dr. Bertha Madras will be the featured speaker at the seminar, which will update area professionals on the current opioid and prescription drug epidemic; help participants understand what actions can be taken as professionals, clinicians, and community members; discuss the latest in effective treatments; and explain the thoughts and the science behind active addiction and recovery.

Madras is a professor, research scientist, inventor, educator, writer, editor, former government official, creator of a science museum exhibit and CD, elementary school volunteer teacher, and a public speaker. She speaks authoritatively on a number of topics that range from drug policy, to addiction, to elements of effective prevention, to intervention and treatment, and more. The cost of the seminar is $69.

To register for either or both of these events, please contact CCET at 607-587-4015 or