A nonprofit organization located in the heart of Western New York is leading the way when it comes to the training, education and support of groups and individuals dealing with issues pertaining to substance abuse. Located in the Harlem Road Community Center at 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst, The Resource Training Center (TRTC) is led by program director Monica Farrar.
In addition to serving as program director, Farrar, MS CRC, CASAC-T, is an adjunct professor at Medaille College, a private practitioner and life coach, and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). For more than a decade she has dedicated her time and expertise to the belief that every person is capable of positive change and growth. Farrar is a graduate of University at Buffalo with a master’s of science in rehabilitation counseling and CRC certification. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology from Springfield College.
The Resource Training Center offers a wide variety of services, according to Farrar. For those interested in becoming a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor, the center offers the 350 hours of chemical dependence education required by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Please call 983-2258 for information regarding the next training program.
For individuals convicted of an alcohol- or drug-related driving violation, your license or privilege to drive in New York will be revoked or suspended. However, you may be eligible for a conditional license or conditional driving privilege if you participate in the New York State Drinking Driver Program offered by The Resource Training Center. This program is licensed by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and fulfills both DMV and court-mandated training requirements.
TRTC also offers Alive at 25, a unique program that teaches young drivers to change how they approach driving. Through role playing, workbook exercises, interactive media segments and more, this course helps young drivers develop convictions and strive for good decision-making that will keep them safe on the road. It addresses topics such as speeding, cell phone use and texting while driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving and other issues pertinent to young drivers.
Farrar also provides a program for businesses interested in providing more information to their employees about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. This program can be scheduled at any time of day or as a “lunch-and-learn” workshop.
And finally, TRTC offers a Recovery Coach program — also known as peer mentoring — in which a person in or seeking recovery from alcohol, drug or other addictions can self direct his or her recovery while a coach provides expertise in supporting successful change. Recovery Coaches support positive change by helping anyone, including persons coming home from treatment or the criminal justice system, to avoid relapse; build community support for recovery; and work on life goals such as relationships, employment and education.
TRTC is the only agency offering Recovery Coach training in Erie and Niagara counties. A new five-day training program is scheduled to begin on April 12.
“The Resource Training Center is accredited by the New York State Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services and The Association for Addiction Professionals,” said Farrar. “We are not a treatment center. Our entire focus is on customized education and training.”
For more information, please call 983-2258 or follow The Resource Training Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Resource-Training-Center/112019195650348.