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Substance Abuse Conferences & Training Events in Seattle & Washington

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2017
Apr 20
  Suicide Assessment, Screening, and Referral (Seattle)
Presented by the Crisis Clinic. This is a condensed version of an intervention training, focusing on recognizing the warning signs, suicide safety assessment, and safety planning. Participants will also receive information about how to access and find appropriate resources to help keep individuals safe. 9:15 am - 12:15 pm. Cost: $75. Training is repeated on several dates.
Apr 24   Ethics in Prevention: A Decision-making Process for Human Services Professionals (Olympia)
All-day training by Liz Wilhelm, MA, a member of the Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington. The training describes the six principles in the Prevention Code of Ethics, illustrated by realistic examples.The training also introduces a decision-making process designed to actively apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas. This is a pre-conference training in conjunction with the "Focus on the Future" conference (below). Details: http://focusonthefuture.evergreencpg.org/
Apr 24-27   Focus on the Future - Together! (Olympia)
Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling and Together! will combine their annual conferences to present tools and resources available for effective treatment, prevention, and community engagement, as well as offering information on trends and innovative topics in gambling, gaming, community resiliency, advocacy, issues around opioids, tobacco, and marijuana, internet addiction, therapeutic justice, homelessness, and community service models.
Apr 25   Using MI with Families (Seattle)
Presented by NWATTC, this training will examine common challenges in engaging families of adolescents in family-based interventions for SUD treatment. It will discuss reasons families avoid joining their loved one’s therapy and demonstrate strategies to increase their motivation to do so. A review of several family-based interventions will highlight those within the scope of practice of SUD counselors, as well as recognizing when to make referrals to a trained family therapist and the coordination of care between SUD providers and family therapists.
Apr 26-27   Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (Tigard, OR)
This course is designed to introduce clinicians and staff members from diverse professional backgrounds to the foundational concepts and skills of motivational interviewing (MI), including the underlying Spirit of MI, Four Processes, and Core Skills. Participants will have a number of opportunities for skill development through the use of role playing, individual practice, and interactive group exercises.  Videos and live demonstrations will enhance the learning process.
Apr 27   Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk (Bellevue)
A one-day workshop that is based on 24 core competencies and five clinical dilemmas. The workshop is facilitated by a skilled clinician and incorporates a variety of learning techniques, including group discussion, expert teaching, video and paired role play practice. The training is designed for behavioral health professionals who are working with persons at risk of suicide. AMSR meets the legislative mandate of ESHB 2366 that was passed in 2012 and requires that licensed professionals receive 6 hours of training in the assessment, management and treatment of suicide risk every six years.
Apr 27   Opioids 101: The Opioid/Heroin Connection (Shoreline)
King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force Program Series. Learn the risks and benefits of prescription opioids for pain management and how to reduce those risks for yourself, your loved ones and the community. Shoreline Library at 7 pm.
Apr 27-28   Become a Clinical Supervisor (Shoreline)
This didactic, experiential two-day workshop meets the 15 hours required training to become an approved supervisor in Washington State and addresses issues surrounding effective clinical supervision. Attendees will practice the new supervisor skills as part of the workship. Shoreline Center. CE: 15 CEs OSPI, NBCC, Meets complete DOH supervision requirement. Cascadia Training. Fee: $299. Includes 4 Law and Ethics CEs.
Apr 28   Therapeutic Alliance: Reclaiming Essential Ingredient for Evidence Based Tx in the 21st Century (Redmond)
Brenda Butterfield EdD, MSW, LMHC. Evidence based treatment methods, supported by data, are expected of clinicians for routine approval by insurance companies. Other factors also contribute to psychotherapy outcomes, like the therapeutic alliance, an essential ingredient for clinicians. 6 CEUs. Cascadia Training. Fee: $155.
May 1-3   Washington State Misdemeanant Correction Association Conference (Spokane)
Guest speaker Dr. Edward Latessa presenting a day-long workshop in conjunction with the 3-day MCA conference. Event page on Facebook.
May 3   Using MI in Treatment Planning for Adolescents with SUD (Spokane)
This one-day training will look at Individual Service Plans in SUD youth through the lens of Motivational Interviewing. The training is tailored to adolescent SUD treatment providers with the primary focus on how to functionally construct a person-centered approach to treatment planning representative of MI methods and strategies. It includes developing plans that are both informative and practical, as well as how to develop objectives that are measurable and observable.
May 4-5   Annual Providers Conference (Lynnwood)
Featured speakers are John Kelly, PhD and Lorie Dwinell, MSW. This conference will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center.  Registration fee: $135 ($85 for single-day).
May 10-11   Conference on Ending Homelessness (Tacoma)
Presented by the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. Two days of sessions, keynote speakers, and panels covering a variety of issues, including discussion of the changes expected in housing policy at the federal level.
May 12   CBT for Psychosis: An Individualized, Recovery Oriented Approach (Mountlake Terrace)
Ron Unger LCSW.This seminar examins the nature of psychosis and of CBT, providing a foundation for understanding how CBT can be helpful. The basic style of CBT for psychosis is explored, followed by an introduction to two of the most important techniques. Finally, applications of CBT are explored for a variety of psychotic experiences, including hearing distressing voices, paranoia, delusional beliefs, disorganization, and negative symptoms. 6 CEs. Cascadia Training. Fee: $155.
May 12   The Opioid Epidemic (Vancouver, WA)
Sponsored by Crestview Recovery. Presenter is Marcus De Carvalho, MD, specialist in addiction medicine and psychiatry. This training is aimed at administrators, program directors, supervisors, addiction treatment providers, counselors, case managers, social workers, interns and probation officers. 6 CEU hours available.
May 12   Youth Engagement Training (Seattle)
King County's Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program presents a training for adults. Scott Backovich teaches adults how to engage, captivate, and inspire youth into taking positive action in their own lives and in their local communities! Register
May 16   Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Treatment (Seattle)
Presented by the Crisis Clinic. Participants will learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and assess the safety challenges of suicide and suicidal behavior, and explore approaches to suicide management that anyone can use to more effectively communicate with individuals in crisis. 9 am to 4:30 pm Cost: $150.
May 16-17   Advanced Motivational Interviewing (Tigard, OR)
Participants will focus on deepening the central skills of using MI to support behavior change, with an emphasis on practicing strategies to evoke and reinforce Change Talk. Video, live demonstration, and interactive group exercises provide ample opportunity for continued skill development. This course is intended for professionals who have completed an introductory level of MI training.
May 17   COD for Adolescents (Spokane)
Presented by NWATTC, this course will introduce terminology, assessment and treatment strategies and models related to co-occurring treatment. The training will provide foundational knowledge on evidence-based practices in the field of behavioral health including differential diagnosis of individuals that have a substance use and mental health co-morbidity.
May 18   COD for Adults (Spokane)
Presented by NWATTC, this course will introduce terminology, assessment and treatment strategies and models related to co-occurring treatment. The training will provide foundational knowledge on evidence-based practices in the field of behavioral health including differential diagnosis of individuals that have a substance use and mental health co-morbidity.
May 19   Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (Olympia)
Sponsored by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and Thurston-Mason County Medical Society.This FREE training include 4 hour online training to be completed in advance of the 4-hour in-person training. Completion of both provides the required eight hours for physicians to request a DEA waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.
May 22   16th Annual Saying It Out Loud Conference (Tacoma)
The purpose of this conference is to continue to co-create learning, growth and understanding of the best practices and relevant clinical services needed to support members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities. We invite dialogue about how difference with regards to gender and sexuality affects self-determination, overall physical health, behavioral health and well-being. 
May 24   Suicide Assessment, Screening, and Referral (Seattle)
Presented by the Crisis Clinic. This is a condensed version of an intervention training, focusing on recognizing the warning signs, suicide safety assessment, and safety planning. Participants will also receive information about how to access and find appropriate resources to help keep individuals safe. 9:15 am - 12:15 pm. Cost: $75. Training is repeated on several dates.
May 31-Jun 2   30th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders (Bellevue)
Presented by US Journal Training & Counselor Magazine. Details TBA
Jun 1-2   Become a Clinical Supervisor (Shoreline)
Presented by Cascadia Training, this didactic, experiential two-day workshop meets the 15 hours required training to become an approved supervisor in Washington State and addresses the issues surrounding effective clinical supervision. Attendees will practice the new supervisor skills they have learned. Location: Shoreline Center. CE: 15 CEs OSPI, NBCC, Meets complete DOH supervision requirement. Fee: $299. Includes 4 Law & Ethics CEs.
Jun 6   Using MI in Treatment Planning for Adolescents with SUD (Mount Vernon)
This one-day training will look at developing Individual Service Planning (ISP) with youth in SUD treatment through the lens of Motivational Interviewing (MI).  While this training will briefly touch on the technical aspects required on ISPs, the primary focus of the training is how to functionally construct a person-centered approach to treatment planning representative of MI methods and strategies. It includes developing plans that are both informative and practical, as well as how to develop objectives that are measurable and observable. 

Jun 8   Telehealth for Treatment Providers (Spokane)
Presented by NWATTC, this introductory training will provide counselors with foundational knowledge on telehealth technologies. Participants will learn about telehealth trends, treatment outcome rates, reimbursement, privacy/security issues, ethics, building therapeutic alliances, and license portability. Participants will have an opportunity to practice resolving ethical dilemmas that are typical to using telehealth technologies and view and/or participate in a ‘mock’ videocounseling session.
Jun 8   Clinical Skills in the Era of Legal Cannabis (Silverdale, WA)
Presented by NWATTC, this training summarizes current research related to the effects of cannabis on the mental and physical health of adolescents and adults. Evidence-based strategies and specific handouts to engage clients in productive discussions about their cannabis use will be practiced and shared in addition to multimedia resources for further study.
Jun 14   Navigating Marijuana Data in a World of Alternative Facts (Mercer Island)
Presented by King Co. Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program. Free workshop exploring national, state and county-level marijuana data. Through interactive sessions exploring data resources, you will learn how to find, analyze and use data to plan and evaluate programs and develop competitive grant applications. Lunch will be provided. 10 am to 2 pm.
Jun 14-16   Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference (Vancouver, WA)
Presented by the Washington Council for Behavioral Health. Details TBA
Jun 15
Jul 19
Aug 22
Sep 21
  Suicide Assessment, Screening, and Referral (Seattle)
Presented by the Crisis Clinic. This is a condensed version of an intervention training, focusing on recognizing the warning signs, suicide safety assessment, and safety planning. Participants will also receive information about how to access and find appropriate resources to help keep individuals safe. 9:15 am - 12:15 pm. Cost: $75. Training is repeated on several dates.
Jun 20   Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Treatment (Renton)
Presented by the Crisis Clinic. Participants will learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and assess the safety challenges of suicide and suicidal behavior, and explore approaches to suicide management that anyone can use to more effectively communicate with individuals in crisis. 9 am to 4:30 pm Cost: $150.
Jul 6
Aug 9
Sep 7
  Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Treatment (Seattle)
Presented by the Crisis Clinic. Participants will learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and assess the safety challenges of suicide and suicidal behavior, and explore approaches to suicide management that anyone can use to more effectively communicate with individuals in crisis. 9 am to 4:30 pm Cost: $150. Training is repeated on several dates.
Jul 19-21   43rd Annual Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies Conference (NWIAS) (Portland, OR)
Conference theme: "Everyday Attachment in Recovery: Creating Healthy, Connected Communities." Keynote speakers include Gabor Mate, MD, addiction and wellness expert and author. NWIAS offers 2.5 days of presentations and panel discussions. 18 CEUs available.
Jul 21-22   31st National Conference on Problem Gambling (Portland, OR)
The theme of the conference is Listening, Learning, Leading. The 31st National Conference on Problem Gambling will bring together local, national and international experts in responsible gaming and problem gambling. Presentations will focus on Treatment, Responsible Gambling & Regulation, Prevention, and Recovery & Community.
Sep 6   MAT for Opioid Use Disorder (Bellingham)
Presented by NWATTC, this training will focus on the role of methadone, buprenorphine, and oral and extended-release naltrexone in treating opioid use disorders. It will provide an overview of research related to the use of these medications for both adults and young adults, as well as the practical issues related to providing coordinated care for individuals utilizing these medications as a treatment intervention. It will also provide information about the use of the naloxone (Narcan) in the treatment of opioid overdose and as an overdose prevention tool.
Sep 15-17   Counselor Camp (Randle)
Counselor Camp is an inspiring weekend of seminars and activities for Chemical Dependency Professionals who work with Adolescent and Young Adult Prevention, Intervention, Counseling and Treatment Systems. Cost: $125 until Aug 1 $140 after.
Sep 30
Oct 31
Dec 12
  Suicide Assessment, Screening, and Referral (Seattle)
Presented by the Crisis Clinic. This is a condensed version of an intervention training, focusing on recognizing the warning signs, suicide safety assessment, and safety planning. Participants will also receive information about how to access and find appropriate resources to help keep individuals safe. 9:15 am - 12:15 pm. Cost: $75. Training is repeated on several dates.
Oct 16-17   COD & Treatment Conference (Yakima)
Save the Date! Registration will open in the summer of 2017.
Oct 17   Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Treatment (Renton)
Presented by the Crisis Clinic. Participants will learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and assess the safety challenges of suicide and suicidal behavior, and explore approaches to suicide management that anyone can use to more effectively communicate with individuals in crisis. 9 am to 4:30 pm Cost: $150.
Nov 3-4   2017 Prevention Summit (Yakima)
Save the Date! Registration will open in the summer of 2017.
Nov 7   Ethics for the Behavioral Health Professional (Wenatchee)
Presented by NWATTC, this course addresses the needs of the behavioral health provider. Using presentation, small group work, role play, and a decision-making matrix, many areas will be addressed: Defining the role and functions of the behavioral health provider; standards; issues of vulnerability; ethical decision-making; performance enhancement; and legal issues.
Nov 14
Dec 21
  Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Treatment (Seattle)
Presented by the Crisis Clinic. Participants will learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and assess the safety challenges of suicide and suicidal behavior, and explore approaches to suicide management that anyone can use to more effectively communicate with individuals in crisis. 9 am to 4:30 pm Cost: $150. Training is repeated on several dates.

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