FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. -- Healthcare providers at St. Joseph's Health are playing the role of student this week. Staff members are learning new strategies to address and treat opioid addiction and other substance abuse disorders.

They're being taught by faculty from the Beck Institute, which does cognitive behavior therapy training. According to the health department, overdose deaths have tripled in Onondaga County since 2012.

The goal of the workshop is to ensure that providers have the tools to get addicts on the road to recovery.

"We're hoping, among other things, that they leave with a sense of hope; that perhaps with these new strategies in hand, they can feel more empowered, more comfortable working with clients," said Goucher College Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Dara Friedman-Wheeler.

The program is made possible at no cost to participants through a St. Joseph’s Vital Access Provider grant.