New England ATTC
By 2024, 1 in 4 members of the United States workforce will be 55 years or older, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This is more than double the rate in 1994, when workers over 55 only accounted for 12% of the workforce. In the short-term, organizations often benefit from having an older workforce: older workers bring advanced knowledge, experience, and skill. But in the longer-term, organizations need to prepare for the impending retirement of substantial numbers of “baby boomers” in leadership positions. In the addiction treatment and recovery field, concerns about the aging workforce are compounded by the acuity of the overdose epidemic, high rates of staff turnover, and the rapidly changing behavioral healthcare landscape. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop a new generation of addiction treatment and recovery leaders.
Intensive Technical Assistance for Aspiring Leaders
Participation in the LDP entails participation in intensive face-to-face residential learning sessions and a series of remote learning collaborative sessions that contain virtual classrooms, breakout chat rooms, real-time polling and feedback, A/V recording, and technical support. Participants also complete distance learning assignments and have access to an external facilitator for ongoing support. A worksheet describing the first session of the LDP in Fall of 2018 can be accessed here.
To qualify for the LDP, applicants have to meet the following criteria:
- 2-10 years’ work experience working in a supervisory or managerial capacity or role. Experience in the addictions treatment or recovery field was preferred, but not required.
- Demonstrable operational management skills in areas including, but not limited to: employee supervision, goal setting, and managing financial resources/budgeting.
- Identified (via verbal or written reference letters) as having exceptional leadership potential by others within the addictions treatment or recovery profession.
The New England ATTC is currently analyzing participant feedback in order to make improvements to the program. A second round of the LDP will be announced in Spring of 2019. If you are or know an aspiring leader in the New England region, please consider participating in this intensive TA program! Follow the New England ATTC on Facebook(New England ATTC) and twitter(@NewEnglandATTC) for announcements about this initiative.