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Substance Abuse Conferences & Training Events in Seattle & Washington

Please note that ADAI is NOT the host of these events.
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2017
Sep 22-23   Relationship Violence Assessment and Response Specialist (RVARS) (Bellevue)
Advance your training and learn to proficiently, proactively and effectively assess and respond to relationship violence issues on your campus, therapy office, hospital, treatment center, workplace, or military base. This one-of-a-kind 14-hour training and certification course.
Sep 29   Don't Get Burned: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know about Washington Marijuana Laws (Shoreline)
This workshop will examine Washington State and Federal legal standards regarding legal use of marijuana including the legal and ethical issues related to the use of marijuana by clients and clinicians. There are unique issues related to marijuana and working with veterans.CE: 6 Law and Ethics CEs. Cascadia Training. Fee: $159.
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. Repeated on several dates..
Oct 13   Choosing the Path: Healthcare Regulation and Substance Use Disorder (Seattle)
The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) Healthcare Regulation and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Conference will bring together stakeholders to address the role and responsibilities that nursing and healthcare organizations have about opioids and other addictive drugs of abuse. Washington is taking leading steps to address the role of medically prescribed opioids in contributing to the opioid crisis. The NCQAC invites nurses and healthcare organizations to participate in an open discussion on our role and responsibilities in addressing the opioid crisis. Cost: $125.
Oct 13
Dec 15
  Suicidality: Recognition, Assessment and Treatment (Tacoma)
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.
Oct 16-17   COD & Treatment Conference (Yakima)
Featured speakers include Margarita Alegría, PhD, Audrey A. Klein, PhD, MBA, Stephen Delisi, MD, DABAM, FASAM, Chris Heimerl, MA, Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT, and Michael McLean & John Batdorf, Lifetime Songwriters, Composers, Authors. Registration: $175. Up to 12 CEU.
Oct 16-18   Alaska Training Institute (Anchorage, AK)

The annual Alaska Training Institute, hosted by NAADAC and the Alaska Addiction Professionals Association (AAPA), features a broad array of topics and formats, including daily keynote speakers in plenary sessions, breakout workshops, and events, and a three-day Conflict Resolution for Recovery (CRR) training. Up to 21.25 CE hours available. 
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.
Oct 17-20   Washington Substance Abuse Prevention Systems Training - WA-SAPST (Yakima)
The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) is pleased to provide this Washington State Substance Abuse Prevention Systems Training (WA-SAPST) based upon a national curriculum developed by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and further developed by the PSCBW. The main focus of the WA-SAPST is to train the participants in implementing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) within Washington State. The WA-SAPST also meets the training requirements for  the Community Prevention Wellness Initiative (CPWI).
Oct 20   Current Trends in Drugs and Alcohol: Use, Abuse and Addiction (Shoreline)
This interactive course is for everyone - even those who have a specialization in chemical dependency. It covers the main drug categories and their effect on the brain and body over time; the latest reports of illicit drugs and their use; the drugs seen in Washington state communities; the treatment available; and the personal dynamics and progression of use, abuse and addiction. It focuses on what is happening on the streets and in the homes of Washington state. CE: 6 CEs. Cascadia Training. Fee: $155. .
Oct 21-24   Fall Primary Care Conference (Seattle)
The 2017 NWRPCA/CHAMPS Fall Primary Care Conference, in partnership with WCN, provides education and training, information and resource sharing, coalition building, and program and policy development for like-minded community health professionals and their partners. HRSA will be leading a two-day immersive track diving into the top three HRSA priorities as well as federal grant opportunities and grant writing skills and recommendations. The HRSA Track (Oct 23-24) includes a panel on Tools to Combat the Opioid Crisis. Download brochure.
Oct 27   Psychedelic Medicine: New Frontiers in Palliative Care (UW Seattle campus)
Sponsored by the UW Center for Law, Science and Global Health, the End of Life Liberty Project, and the Drug Policy Alliance. Research has shown that psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin and MDMA may offer significant benefit for patients struggling at the end of life and those with major depressions and treatment-resistant PTSD. This 1-day conference will bring together doctors, scientific researchers, attorneys and ethicists to consider the medical, legal and ethical implications of this evolving research. Contact: hlthlaw@uw.edu
Oct 27   Motivational Interviewing in Integrated Behavioral Health (Shoreline)
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.
Oct 27   2017 WSADCP 20th Annual Conference (Tukwila)
The Washington Association of Drug Courts (WADC) and the Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals (WSADCP) are proud to be hosting the conference. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. DoubleTree Suites by Hilton - Seattle Airport Southcenter. Registeration will open soon. Conference agenda.
Oct 28   Alcohol & Drug Information School (ADIS-TOTS) Certification Program (Tacoma)
Approved course by WA Div. of Behavioral Health and Recovery for individuals wanting to become certified as Alcohol/Drug Information School (ADIS) trainers. Fee includes facilitators manual. Instructor: Mike Towey at Tacoma Community College from 8:30 am to 4:30. 14 clock hours or 1.4 CEUs. 2 sessions. For further details and registration contact the TCC Continuing Education Office at 253-460-2424.
Oct 29-Nov 1   Four Directions Conference (Great Wolf Lodge, Centralia)
Sponsord by Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling. This conference will include seperate tracks on youth and adult interventions, and a special community Celebration Event Honoring Billy Frank, Jr. Scholarships are available. Early-bird registration deadline is October 8. Download brochure
Oct 29-Nov 1   Integrating Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform (Seattle)
The 25th Annual Conference of the International Community Corrections Association will bring over 200 participants including researchers, policy makers, criminal justice practitioners, and the formerly justice-involved.
Nov 1
& Nov 2
  Ethics and the Law (Tacoma)
Instructor: Mike Towey at Tacoma Community College. One day training offered both days. For further details and registration see course listing on page 3 of Tacoma CC Continuing Education Catalog or call 253-460-2424. 6 CE.
Nov 3   Experiencing Change: Practical Strategies for Working with Stuck Teens (Shoreline)
David Flack, LMHC, CDP. Many teens in treatment seem stuck in endless cycles of maladaptive behaviors, experiencing multiple treatment failures and frustrating even the most dedicated professional helpers. These teens often present as apathetic, ambivalent, or completely resistant. They're stuck. Our task is to help them get unstuck. In this workshop, we'll explore strategies for doing just that. CE: 6 CEs. Cascadia Training. Fee: $155.
Nov 3-4   2017 Prevention Summit (Yakima)
The goal of the Prevention Summit is to provide an enriching and culturally competent training and networking opportunity for youth, volunteers and professionals working toward the prevention of substance abuse, violence and other destructive behaviors as well as integrating such prevention efforts with primary health care. Registration opens soon!.
Nov 4   Alcohol & Drug Information School (ADIS-TOTS) Certification Program (Tacoma)
Approved course by WA Div. of Behavioral Health and Recovery for individuals wanting to become certified as Alcohol/Drug Information School (ADIS) trainers. Fee includes facilitators manual. Instructor: Mike Towey at Tacoma Community College from 8:30 am to 4:30. 14 clock hours or 1.4 CEUs. 2 sessions. For further details and registration contact the TCC Continuing Education Office at 253-460-2424.
Nov 8   King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum (Seattle)
Free, annual forum provides opportunities for community members to connect with legislators and county councilmembers before the program; King County’s proposed behavioral health legislative priorities for 2018; compelling personal stories from individuals in behavioral health recovery; and perspectives and priorities of legislators and county councilmembers. Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.
Nov 9   7th Annual NW Tribal Opiate Symposium
Presented by Muckleshoot Behavioral Health Program, with Keynote Speakers are Steven Freng, Psy.D., MSW, Lonnie A. Nelson, PhD,
Susan E. Collins, Ph.D., Brad Finegood, MA, LMHC. Program will include: King County Opiate Task Force Recommendations; Tribal Medical Directors Program Overview; Washington State Drug Trends; and Harm Reduction. Space is limited to 4 attendees per tribe. Download registration form.
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.
2018
Jan 15   WASAVP Prevention Policy Day (Olympia)
Save the Date. More information coming soon.
Mar 1-2   Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine (Tulalip)
This event will provide the latest innovations and scientific developments in Addiction Medicine.  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, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, University of Washington / Steven Freng, PsyD MSW – Prevention/Treatment Manager, NW High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Ron Jackson, MSW LICSW – Affiliate Professor, Director-NL-SBIRT, University of Washington School of Social Work / Aaron White, PhD – Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, Bethesda, MD, and others. Registeration open.

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