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Substance Abuse Conferences & Training Events in Seattle & the Northwest Region

Click on the event title for details and registration. Please note: ADAI is NOT the host of these events unless indicated.

A Note about Trainings from the Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NWATTC):

As of October 2017, the Northwest ATTC will be located at the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute in Seattle. Training events announced by the previous NWATTC (at OHSU in Portland) are no longer available. As a new grantee, NWATTC (at UW) is planning training opportunities in WA, OR, ID, and AK, and will announce them on the new NWATTC website and via email..

Please visit the new NWATTC website to learn more and sign up for the email list for announcements of events and other news.

2018
Jan 19   Motivational Interviewing: Improving client outcomes by increasing intrinsic motivation for change (Tacoma)
Motivational Interviewing is an established evidence based practice renowned for resolving ambivalence. 6 CEs Cascadia Training. Fee: $155.
Jan 24   Treatment Navigation (Seattle)
Trainer: Lara Okoloko, LICSW. This workshop teaches families to expertly navigate the confusing world of treatment for substance use disorders, from detox, outpatient, inpatient and medication. 5:00-8:00pm. Cost: $125 (sliding scale available).
Jan 24   Recovery Advocacy Day at The Capitol (Olympia)
Join mental health and addiction recovery advocates from across Washington state for the 3rd Annual Recovery Advocacy Day, sponsored by the Washington Recovery Alliance! Read about this year's legislative priorities here: www.tinyurl.com/2018priorities. They will arrange meetings with your three lawmakers (your two state Representatives and your state Senator). When you arrive, you will be given your appointment calendar for the day. We will also have other activities throughout the day, between your appointments. They will provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks! RSVP is required.
Feb 9   Integrating Trauma-Informed Care Into Group Therapy (Vancouver, WA)
In this combined informational and interactive workshop, counselors will learn how to incorporate trauma-informed counseling practices and approaches into their work with substance use and mental health groups. This workshop will cover best practice approaches for three different kinds of groups: Motivational interviewing, relational/process, and cognitive behavioral groups. Participants will learn trauma-informed group leadership skills to increase their competence and confidence when working with trauma issues in group settings. In addition, the training will cover group therapy strategies to address triggers, relapse, and long-term recovery. 6 CEU available.
Feb 9   Motivational Interviewing: Improving Client Outcomes by Increasing Intrinsic Motivation for Change (Shoreline)
Motivational Interviewing is an established evidence based practice renowned for resolving ambivalence. 6 CEs Cascadia Training. Fee: $155.
Feb 23   Suicidality: Recognition, Assessment and Treatment (Shoreline)
This workshop meets the new Washington state continuing education requirement for suicide training and presents original concepts in the development of suicidality and a healing process that is directed, encouraged and supported through a specifically designed peer protocol. Social support approach is based on existing evidence-based practices. CE: 6 CEs Cascadia Training. Fee: $160.
Mar 1-2   Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine (Tulalip, WA)
Nationally and locally recognized experts will deliver the evidence- and case-based information that is necessary for providers to enhance their proficiency in diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with substance use disorders, even when complicated by overlapping or co-occurring disorders. Speakers include: Christopher Dunn, PhD – Professor, UW Psychiatry & Behavioral Science / Steven Freng, PsyD MSW – Prevention/Treatment Manager, NW High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) / Ron Jackson, MSW LICSW – Affiliate Professor, Director-NL-SBIRT, UW School of Social Work / Aaron White, PhD – Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, Bethesda, MD, and others. Registration is open.
Mar 9   Fundamentals of Law & Ethics (Vancouver, WA)
Trainer: Jim Jensen, CADC II, MAC, began working in the field of Chemical Dependency Counseling in Vancouver, Washington in 2006. He has been teaching at Clark College in Vancouver in the Addiction Counselor Education Department since 2009. He teaches a wide variety of classes including Theories of Counseling, Introduction to Counseling Family Members, Law and Ethics in Addiction Counseling, Adolescent Addiction, and Psychopharmacology. This training meets all standards and is recognized for continuing-education credit by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO).
Mar 16   Innovative Approaches to Helping Families Touched by Addiction (Seattle)
Trainer: Lara Okoloko, LICSW. This 1-day workshop will introduce the core concepts in CRAFT as well as complimentary methods of engaging families in conceptualizing their own recovery from painful family dynamics common to families touched by addiction. Community Reinforcement and Family Training is an evidence based counseling method for working with the families of treatment refusing addicted people. 5 CEUs available. Fee: $125-$175, includes lunch.
Apr 5-6   Annual Providers Conference (Lynnwood)
Save-the-Date! Details TBA.
Apr 18-19   Healthy Futures Conference: Redefining Prevention (Grand Mound, WA)
Presented by TOGETHER! Formerly known as “Substance Abuse: A Community Response” It will be geared for prevention and treatment professionals, school staff, nonprofit professionals, community organizers and others who are interested in learning and sharing about innovative community responses to youth substance abuse, mental health, and other barriers to health and success for youth.
Apr 19-20   Breakthrough Strategies to Teach & Counsel Problem Youth & Children Workshop (Seattle)
This conference for educators and counselors offers innovative strategies to prevent or manage student behavioral, social, emotional, substance abuse and academic problems, including bullying, cyberbullying, disrespect, poor academic performance, school failure, truancy, work refusal, school violence, poor motivation, delinquency, and more.  Adolescents and children with challenges will receive a special focus. The conference sponsor is Youth Change Professional Development Workshops. Distance learning options and financial aid are available. CEU and college credit available. (will be repeated in Portland, OR on October 11-12). Contact: dwells@youthchg.com, 1-503-982-4220.
Apr 23   Saying It Out Loud Conference (Tacoma)
Save-the-Date! Details TBA.
Apr 30- May 3   Focus On the Future (Vancouver, WA)
This Western Regional Conference on Problem Gambling Awareness will bring together experts in responsible gaming and problem gambling. This is a unique opportunity to interact with and reach a diverse group of public health, prevention, treatment, advocacy, recovery, research, regulatory, and industry professionals.
Apr 30- May 2   Misdemeanant Probation Association Conference (Ocean Shores)
The 2018 MPA Conference will be from Monday, April 30th through Wednesday, May 2nd at the Shilo Inn in Ocean Shores, WA. View the agenda.
May 7-9   Alaska Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health (Anchorage, AK)
Theme: Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders: Advances in Treatment and Recovery. More than 400 professionals will attend. Prioritytopics are the national and Alaskan opioid crises, but the full program covers a broad array of topics of interest to the full continuum of practitioners from peer and direct service providers. CEU available. Call for abstracts deadline April 9, 2018.
May 16-18   International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) (Vancouver, BC)
The ISSDP Conference presents state of the art research across the full spectrum of drug policy research, with the participation of leading international scholars. Researchers and/or practitioners interested in contributing scholarly papers that advance future thinking regarding the development, assessment, or evolution of drug policy nationally or internationally are encouraged to submit abstracts, due Jan. 11, 2018. ISSDP supports emerging drug policy scholars through scholarships to attend the annual scientific conference, including doctoral students and scholars from developing countries.
May 21-24   Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug Dependency (Boise, ID)
The annual ICADD is organized by Boise State University. Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on May 21, 2018. Approx. 18 CEUs available. Program details TBA.
May 30-Jun 1   Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders (Bellevue, WA)
Presented by U.S. Journal Training and Counselor Magazine, the 31st Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders provides a forum for exploring the complex issues within the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of mental illness and addictive disorders.  Applications of cutting edge research findings for counseling and psychotherapy will be discussed.  A faculty of both clinicians and authors will allow for both lecture and interactive discussion of a wide range of issues which will be of interest for anyone working in Mental Health and  Addictive Disorders.
May 31-Jun 2   NAADAC Northwest Regional Conference: Exploring Treatment Alternatives in Northwest (Portland, OR)
Save the date (including a possible pre-conference workshop on May 30) This conference is for NAADAC members, chemical dependency professionals and others, with special emphasis on the Northwest Regional states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Conference details TBA.
Jun 20-22   Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference (Kennewick, WA)
Resilience, Innovation, Health is the theme of the 29th WA Behavioral Healthcare conference. The conference brings together a diverse group of presenters to share information about therapeutic interventions, recovery supports, promising programs and policies that advance best practices. Co-sponsored by DSHS Behavioral Health Administration / Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery and the Department of Corrections.
Jun 20-22   Center for Health & Safety Culture Symposium (Bozeman, MT)
This Symposium aims to support the evolution of science and practice in creating a positive culture to sustain safe and healthy choices. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in group discussion, listen to presentations in multiple formats, and create knowledge together. Fee: $675.
Jun 24-26   AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (Seattle, WA)
This is the largest meeting of health services researchers and policy analysts -- experts at the intersection of health, health care, and policy to share important findings and showcase the latest research on how the health system works, what it costs, and how to improve it.
Jul 18-20   Northwest Institute of Addiction Studies (Portland, OR)
Save-the-Date! Details TBA.
Jul 18-20   Northwest Alcohol Conference (Boise, ID)
This conference focuses on topic areas of alcohol and substance abuse prevention, education and enforcement, with an emphasis on youth. Details TBA..
Oct 11-12   Breakthrough Strategies to Teach & Counsel Problem Youth & Children Workshop (Portland, OR)
This conference for educators and counselors offers innovative strategies to prevent or manage student behavioral, social, emotional, substance abuse and academic problems, including bullying, cyberbullying, disrespect, poor academic performance, school failure, truancy, work refusal, school violence, poor motivation, delinquency, and more.  Adolescents and children with challenges will receive a special focus. The conference sponsor is Youth Change Professional Development Workshops. Distance learning options and financial aid are available. CEU and college credit available. Contact: dwells@youthchg.com, 1-503-982-4220.
Oct 15-16   Co-Occurring Disorders Conference (Yakima)
The goal is to promote integration of services across the public mental health, substance use disorder, developmental disabilities, and medical systems; promote knowledge about co-occurring disorders and the value of integration, to support the development of a co-occurring capable system of care, and to advocate and partner with others to promote integrated treatment and recovery for all people. Finally, to strive to present each participant with current information that will bring value back to the agency and the patients they serve, and to provide a great opportunity to network with friends and colleagues.

Contact ADAI (adai@uw.edu) to list Washington state, or UW-sponsored lectures, workshops, or conferences on substance use.