SOS Training Team

John Burns, CRSW, MBA is a person in long term recovery and the Director of SOS Recovery Community Organization.  John has his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. John was on the initial governance council for SOS to help shape the vision before SOS opened their first recovery community centers. He founded Families Hoping and Coping, a peer based family support group, in Dover in 2014 and they now have 2 chapters . He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). and has developed Motivational Interviewing curriculums that have been being trained since 2019. He also was involved in the development of The Art & Science of Peer-Assisted Recovery, Ethical Considerations for Peer-Assisted Recovery, AIDS, HIV and Hepatitis Prevention for Peer-Assisted Recovery, Suicide Prevention for Peer-Assisted Recovery and more. He has been training in the peer-assisted recovery field since 2017. John has traveled to both Portugal and Montreal to attend International Harm Reduction Conferences and is an advocate for criminal justice reform, harm reduction strategies and promoting inclusivity, diversity and removing barriers for marginalized individuals. John is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Seacoast Class of 2019. He has been appointed by Governor Sununu to serve on the NH Overdose Death Fatality Review Commission. He has been active member of the Strafford County Addiction Taskforce for several years and the Strafford County Public Health Advisory Council.

Josh Colwell, CRSW, is a person in long term recovery. He came to find recovery by walking through the doors of the Rochester SOS after struggling with Substance Use Disorder for a long period of time which led him to have first hand experience with the criminal justice system.  Josh supervises the SOS Peer Strength program as the criminal justice recovery supervisor.  He has a love for training and has trained hundreds in NH at SOS.  He has trained all of the SOS curriculums numerous times and is a proficient trainer of Motivational Interviewing.  He has recently completed training for Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) coding under Denise Enrst, PhD and is qualified to provide coding and coaching for individuals who take the SOS Motivational Interviewing curriculums.  He is currently completing a train the trainer program under SAMHSA GAINS for trauma informed care training in correctional facilities as well.  Josh facilitates an All Recovery Meeting and a recovery capital workgroup inside the Rockingham County Jail with individuals who are incarcerated involved with STARR program. Josh attends Strafford County Drug Court sessions as a support for participants. You can also find him in the basement at The Strafford County Superior Court House working with people engaged with Strafford County Community Corrections, Probation/Parole and Drug Court and works closely with the federal drug court program TAZER in Concord, NH.   When he is not at work he loves spending time with his family, working on his own personal recovery and riding his motorcycle.

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