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enCompass Training for Families and Communities

enCompass: A Comprehensive Training on Navigating Addiction is a resource for family members who are trying to navigate the complex world of addiction and help loved ones achieve recovery. The training includes in-depth information about substance use disorders, treatment options, communication strategies, and self-care tips. This training  was created by the Addiction Policy Forum.

What will you learn?

  • The Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

  • How to Start the Conversation

  • Getting an Assessment and Treatment Options

  • How to Set Healthy Boundaries

  • How to Access Recovery Support

  • Information on Medications to Treat Addiction

enCompass Outcomes: Building Knowledge and Decreasing Stigma

In partnership with Governor Mike DeWine’s office, in 2021 the Addiction Policy Forum conducted 23 enCompass trainings across Ohio and a program evaluation with researchers from the University of Delaware. Preliminary results indicate that enCompass significantly increased participants addiction knowledge levels and confidence in their ability to engage someone struggling with a substance use disorder, and that it decreased stigma among participants, including stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination intent.



Become an Instructor

The enCompass Instructor program is to help expand the reach and impact of the enCompass training. Instructors are certified to teach the 8-hour course for a three year period and serve as ambassadors of the program.  Instructor certification includes a 2-day interactive training on the curriculum, advanced work and reading, trainer materials, and the completion of a written examination.


If you are interested in becoming an enCompass instructor, submit an application today. 

Request a Training in Your Community

Your organization can schedule a virtual or in-person enCompass 8-hour training with our trained instructors. 

Like CPR, the 8-hour course is designed to build the skills to support and respond to someone who needs help and teaches participants how to navigate and access the resources that are available in their community. In addition, by building addiction knowledge, the training can also help to reduce stigma around substance use disorders.

enCompass participants receive  a copy of the 100-page manual and a certificate of completion. Pre and post training surveys can be deployed to measure improvements in addiction knowledge and decreased stigma among those trained. Request more information today or email


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