Community of Practice (COP)

A Community of Practice (CoP) is defined as "a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis" (CDC)

A venn diagram  with overlapping values of Domain - Area of shared interest & key issues, Practice - Body of knowledge methods, stories, tools developed, Community - Relationships built through discussion, activities and learning

The IMPACT WV program and the West Virginia Home Visitation program are partnering to launch a series of Communities of Practice (CoP) to help participants exchange technical information and share experiences about a variety of topics related to serving clients currently experiencing or who have past experiences with substance abuse.


Avoiding Pot Holes: Navigating the Cautionary Trail of Cannabis
February 7, 2023 from 3 to 4 PM
Zoom online meeting

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the impact of cannabis on health and wellbeing of patients.
  • Recognize the gaps in knowledge regarding the popular beneficial claims of cannabinoids.
  • Recognize the inherent complications and potential dangers of "medicalizing" a heavily politically-lobbied recreational intoxicant.

Presenter Bio:

James H. Berry, DO is Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Director of Addictions. He is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a General Psychiatry residency at West Virginia University and an Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Hawaii. He and his colleagues at WVU have developed innovative community-based treatment models in response to the addiction crisis in Appalachia and are actively engaged in novel neuromodulation research related to substance use disorders through WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Berry has been a dedicated clinician and enthusiastic educator in West Virginia since the early days of the opioid epidemic. He is the proud recipient of The Addiction Policy Forum’s Pillar of Excellence Award for addiction treatment and WVU School of Medicine’s Distinguished Teacher Award. Statewide, he serves as a member of the West Virginia Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Use Disorders and the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. Nationally, He serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Addiction Psychiatry Examination Committee, the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine Board of Trustees, the Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care’s National Integrational Academy Council, and is a member of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Scientific Advisory Board. He has enjoyed advocating on behalf of those suffering from mental illness and addiction before audiences as varied as local town hall meetings to testifying before the United States Senate. Dr. Berry’s work and opinions have led to interviews with local, state, and national media sources such as The New York Times, Politico, NPR, the Huffington Post and The Doctors television show. He and his patients were featured in the PBS NOVA documentary: Addiction that exposed a national audience to the science behind addiction and the humanity of those who suffer.

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  • 11/1/2022 - When I Met Amy
  • 12/6/2022 - Reunification
  • 1/10/23 - Sexually Abused Children: Substance Use, Sex Trafficking, & Foster Care
  • 2/7/23 - Avoiding Potholes: Navigating the Cautionary Trail of Cannabis
  • 3/7/23 - Wrapping Up IMPACT's CoPs