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

Click on event titles below for details and contacts. Please note ADAI is NOT the host of these events.

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.

2017
Nov 17   Kitsap Providers Conference (Poulsbo, WA)
Presented by Kitsap Providers. Featured speaker: Jeff Roskelley from University of Washington, Janel McFeat from Port Gamble Re-entry and others. $100 includes registration, lunch, and 6.5 CEU's. 8 am to 4:15 pm. Contact: kitsapproviders@gmail.com.
Nov 28-30   Positive Community Norms Institute (Seattle)
Sponsored by Washington Traffic Safety Commission & Mansfield Academy of Global Leadership. Learn how to grow positive norms and cultivate community transformation for community-specific problems like impaired driving and other alcohol and drug use-related issues. Part 1 is 2.5 day in-person training; Part 2 is an 8-month ongoing program with technical assistance, coaching and support – taught in a learning community style This training is free. Apply by Nov. 13.
Nov 29-30   NW Indigenous Nations Liver Health Forum on Opioids, HIV/HCV and Liver Disease (Des Moines, WA)
This 1 5 forum will bring together Northwest Tribal community members, healthcare providers, drug & alcohol treatment programs, behavioral health providers, state and federal liver health agencies. The forum will address the epidemic levels of opiate addicition, injection drug use, HCV, HIV and other liver health challenges among reservation, rural and urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Sponsored by Hughes Healthcare Disparities Group (HHCDGroup), National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC), and other partners. Cost: $25.00
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.
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.
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)
WASAVP's annual Prevention Policy Day includes a rally at the State Capitol and a chance to network with youth, professionals, and volunteers. The event is free but space is limited, and registration is required.
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 16   Innovative Approaches to Helping Families Touched by Addiction (Seattle)
Trainer: Lisa 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 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 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.
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. Scholarships are available for 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.
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.
Jul 18-20   Norhwest 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.

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