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

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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 17-19   Oregon Conference on Opioids, Pain & Addiction Treatment: Pioneering Change (Eugene, OR)
This event is for everyone committed to ending the opioid crisis, improving pain management and providing better access to addiction treatment - health systems, clinicians and providers, and community leaders. Details TBA. Contact: Elizabeth White,elizabethw@linesforlife.org
May 18   Motivational Interviewing: Improving client outcome by increasing intrinsic motivation for change (Mount Lake Terrace, WA)
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an established evidence based practice renowned for resolving ambivalence. MI has been shown to enhance client motivation for change and improve treatment outcomes. CE: 6 CEs NBCC, OSPI. Cascadia Training. Fee: $155.
May 20   Opioid Addiction Community Information Event (Seattle)
Speakers: Caleb Banta-Green, UW, Jeff Sakuma, City of Seattle, Brad Finegood, King County, and Union Gospel Mission. Understand how Opioid Use Disorder develops and what the effective treatments are that support recovery and save lives. Free and open to the public.
May 21-24   2018 Washington Substance Abuse Prevention Systems Training (WA-SAPST) (Vancouver, WA)
Presented by PSCBW, the Washington State Substance Abuse Prevention Systems Training (WA-SAPST) is based on a curriculum developed by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and adapted by PSCBW to include material relevant to prevention practitioners in Washington State. The focus is to train participants in implementing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) in Washington State. The WA-SAPST also meets the training requirements for the Community Prevention Wellness Initiative (CPWI). Completion of a pre-requisite online course is required before you can register for the WA-SAPST training. Email ginlinx@gmail.com about the pre-requisite online course.
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 for the full conference. Details TBA.
May 22-23   2018 Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness (Yakima, WA)
This event that brings together hundreds of people from across our state and region who are working to end homelessness. Together, we learn from each other, exchange ideas and share advice, get inspired and re-energized, and organize to grow the movement to end homelessness in Washington and beyond.
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)
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. The conference will feature three intensive days of training sessions with national trainers, such as Darryl Inaba, PharmD, CADC-V, CADC III, Denna Vandersloot, MEd, Malcom Horn, LCSW, MAC, SAP, NCIP, and Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP. Earn up to 21.25 CEs for the full conference. 
Jun 1   Youth and Adult Suicide: Recognition, Assessment and Treatment (Tacoma, WA)
This workshop presents original concepts in the development of suicidality as an ingenious coping mechanism which develops over time. The brain's neuroplasticity forms neural pathways which underpin the reinforcing suicidal thought pattern. Brain retraining provides formation of new healthful neural pathways. The healing process is directed, encouraged and supported through a specifically designed peer protocol based on existing evidence-based social support. CE: 6 CEs meet Washington State requirements. Cascadia Training. Fee: $160.
Jun 5
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  Engaging Families of Youth in SUD Treatment (Everett and other locations)
Sponsored by NWATTC, this FREE training will examine some of the common challenges found in engaging families of adolescents in family-based interventions for SUD treatment. CE: 6 hrs. This training will be repeated in other cities around Washington: June 7 in Lacey; June 25 in Seattle; June 28 in Vancouver. See flyer for details and to register for all trainings.
Jun 7   Engaging Families of Youth in SUD Treatment (Lacey and other locations)
Sponsored by NWATTC, this FREE training will examine some of the common challenges found in engaging families of adolescents in family-based interventions for SUD treatment. CE: 6 hrs. This training will be repeated in other cities around Washington: June 25 in Seattle; June 28 in Vancouver. See flyer for details and to register for all trainings.
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 21   Using Motivational Interviewing in Individual Service Planning for Youth in SUD Treatment (Lacey)
Sponsored by NWATTC, this FREE one-day training is for individuals who have attended an introductory course in Motivational Interviewing (MI). The training will build upon foundational MI skills and apply them to service planning for youth in SUD treatment. Participants will have a number of opportunities to practice skills development through interactive group exercises. 6 hrs CE available. This training will be repeated in other cities around Washington. See flyer for details and to register for all trainings
Jun 22   Youth and Adult Suicide: Recognition, Assessment and Treatment (Mount Lake Terrace, WA)
This workshop presents original concepts in the development of suicidality as an ingenious coping mechanism which develops over time. The brain's neuroplasticity forms neural pathways which underpin the reinforcing suicidal thought pattern. Brain retraining provides formation of new healthful neural pathways. The healing process is directed, encouraged and supported through a specifically designed peer protocol based on existing evidence-based social support. CE: 6 CEs meet Washington State requirements. Cascadia Training. Fee: $160.
Jun 24-26   Academy Health 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.
Jun 25   Engaging Families of Youth in SUD Treatment (Seattle and other locations)
Sponsored by NWATTC, this FREE training will examine some of the common challenges found in engaging families of adolescents in family-based interventions for SUD treatment. CE: 6 hrs. This training will be repeated in other cities around Washington: June 28 in Vancouver. See flyer for details and to register for all trainings.
Jun 26   Pharmacology, Neurobiology of Drugs, Understanding Addiction (Spokane Valley)
Presented by the Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW), this 7-hour course will provide an overview of drugs across history, pharmacology, the neurobiology of drugs, and addiction. Trainer: Steve Freng, PsyD, MSW, of NW HIDTA. The training is approved for 7 CEUs of Drug Education by the PSCBW and will count toward the Alcohol/Tobacco/and Other Drug Education IC&RC Certification Prerequisite. Fee: $150+fees.
Jun 28   Engaging Families of Youth in SUD Treatment (Vancouver and other locations)
Sponsored by NWATTC, this FREE training will examine some of the common challenges found in engaging families of adolescents in family-based interventions for SUD treatment. CE: 6 hrs. This training will be repeated in other cities in Washington: See flyer for details and to register for all trainings.
Jul 18-20   Northwest Institute of Addiction Studies (Portland, OR)
This conference is dedicated to connecting addiction, mental health and corrections professionals with the latest research and best practices. Keynote speakers include Joy DeGruy, PhD, MSW, Author, Lecturer and Consultant in the area of social justice, Assistant Professor of Research, Portland State University, David Mee-Lee, MD DML Training and Consulting, and Doug Braun-Harvey Sexual Health Author, Trainer and Psychotherapist. Register here.
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. Call for papers is open: https://www.northwestalcoholconference.org/call-proposals.
Aug 23-24   Merrill Scott Symposium (Yakima, WA)
Save the Date! Details TBA.
Sep 14-16   Counselor Camp: Healing the Adolescent Mind, Body, and Spirit (Randle, WA)
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. Counselor Camp is sponsored by Rite of Passage Journeys, the Chemical Dependency Professionals of Washington State (CDPWS), and other local agencies.
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, WA)
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.
2019
Sep 12-14   Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) (Seattle, WA)
Save the Date!
The 5th Biennial SIRC Conference will be held at the UW Seattle Campus. Pre-Conference Workshop on Sept, 12; Main Conference Sept 13-14. The Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) biennial conferences are dedicated to facilitating communication and collaboration between implementation research teams, researchers, and community providers. Details TBA.
     

Contact ADAI (adai@uw.edu) to list workshops or conferences in WA, AK, ID, and OR on substance use and related topics.