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Substance Abuse Conferences & Training Events in Seattle & Washington

Please note ADAI is NOT not the sponsor for most of these events. Click the event title for details.

May 24-25   Training of Trainers: A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for LGBT Individuals (Seattle)
Participants will be trained to conduct a training intended for anyone in contact with LGBT individuals. The full-day curriculum consists of six modules: an introduction to key terms; treatment considerations for clinical work, plus modules that address the specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Prerequisite: Applicants must have 1) a minimum of 2 years training experience; 2) baseline level of knowledge of providing culturally responsive treatment for LGBT clients; 3) experience providing substance use and/or mental health services; and 4) working knowledge about s tate laws, policies and attitudes towards LGBT people.
May 25-26   MET/CBT for Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders (Yakima)
Sponsored by NWATTC. For behavioral health providers, this course describes the Encompass© model of integrated treatment, which features individual Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Contingency Management (CM). The Encompass© model is applicable to outpatient and school-based settings, and it can be used to treat substance disorders alone, or in combination with, co-occurring mental health disorders. Participants will learn and practice facilitating engagement and skillbuilding modules using the Encompass© Participant Workbook through live demonstration, video, and small group activities. Open to WA State clinicians treating substance use disorders in young people
May 26   Saying It Out Loud Conference (Seattle)
Keynote speaker: Linda Gromko, MD, 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, and invite dialogue about how difference with regards to gender and sexuality affects self-determination, overall physical health, behavioral health and well-being.
Jun 1-3   29th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders (Bellevue)
More than 15 faculty including Gabor Maté MD; Tina Payne Bryson PhD; Janina Fisher PhD; John Briere PhD; Claudia Black PhD; Reid Wilson PhD. Exploring the complex issues within the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of mental illness and addictive disorders. Includes trauma treatment, neuroscience, depression and anxiety, mindfulness, co-occurring disorders, ethics and many more. The latest neuroscience and clinical research will be explored as it applies to psychotherapy. CE: Up to 20 hrs.
Jun 4 & 11   Alcohol and Other Drug Information School Training of the Trainers (Tacoma)
This class will be offered June 4th and 11th from 8:30 to 4:30 at the main campus of Tacoma Community College.   Instructed by Mike Towey – Emeritus Faculty at the college. The students will receive a certificate upon completion of the  program. For details please call Continuing Education at (253) 460-2356.
Jun 7-9   Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) (Yakima)
This 3-day MITI 4.2.1 training workshop led by Denise Ernst will introduce participants to the newly revised MITI coding method, based on the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity 4.2 Manual. Participants will learn about the modifications made to both the global ratings and behavior counts from 3.1.1 to the latest version, MITI 4.2.1. This workshop provides ample opportunities to practice both coding and MI coaching based on the new MITI 4.2 manual. The workshop includes discussions about treatment fidelity issues, maintenance of inter-rater reliability, supervising coding labs, and providing MITI 4.2.1 feedback to MI learners and trainees.
Jun 10   Building & Maintaining Motivation for Recovery (Vancouver, WA)
Presenter: Olga Parker, Ph.D., CADC III. The goal of this training is to provide an in-depth understanding of how to build and maintain motivation for reaching and maintaining sobriety, to understand the essential premises for recovery and the extra work that needs to be provided for clients with trauma related syndrome. Recovery motivation myths and the truth about change will be discussed. Trauma development process will be outlined and the tendencies for how people cope with trauma will be reviewed with reference to addiction.
Jun 10   Marijuana Prevention Conference: Science of Prevention for Professionals (Tacoma)
Keynote speakers include Kevin Sabet and Larry Cohen. The objectives of this training are to learn about federal, state and local messaging and data. Learn how marijuana use impacts community and schools. Learn new approaches for marijuana prevention through science practices. And Grant funding opportunities for future work. This event is free but you must register.
Jun 10-11   ASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Seattle)
ASIST is a two-day, skills-based training program in suicide first aid. Like CPR, training in suicide intervention develops skills that reduce the immediate risk of death until other resources can be mobilized. ASIST provides practical training for caregivers of all kinds including: first responders, mental health professionals, teachers, social workers, community volunteers, or anyone concerned about family or friends. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $295. 13 CEU available. This training will also be available in August 3-4, October 3-4, and December 3-4.
Jun 22-24   Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference (Yakima)
Keynoters include: Daniel James Brown, New York Times best-selling author of The Boys in the Boat; Kevin Hines, a suicide attempt survivor and national mental health advocate; Joel Dvoskin, PhD, a national expert on mental health and criminal justice policy.
Jun 27-Jul 1   Tribal Health-Reaching out InVolves Everyone (THRIVE) Conference (Portland)
Presented to you by THRIVE, the suicide prevention program at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board with funding from the Garrett Lee Smith youth suicide prevention grant from SAMHSA and a MSPI grant from the Indian Health Service. Participants will learn about the signs of suicide, healthy relationships, and much more. Sessions will incorporate American Indian/Alaska Native culture, traditional learning strategies, and skill-building activities that educate youth about healthy behaviors. Participants will also learn to positively express themselves through interactive, educational workshop tracks.
Jun 28-29   SocialMedia@Work: How organizations can use social media to connect, engage, educate and promote positive youth development (Seattle)
Social Media & Adolescent Health Research Team (SMART) aims this two day conference to engage and educate every member of our community, from health care providers and researchers to educators and parents. It will cover a variety of topics related to positive youth development and technology. Sessions will focus on cyberbullying, problematic internet use, social media in schools, community organizations and their use of social media to connect to teens, and the applications of social media in research.
Jul 15   Motivational Interviewing: Successful Patient Engagement & Activation for Busy Healthcare Settings (Spokane)
Sponsored by UW School of Nursing, this 1-day workshop will provide practical skills for nurses, psychologists, physician assistance, and other healthcare professionals. 7.1 contact hours CNE. Trainer: Jonnae Tillman. $295, student discounts..
Jul 27-29   Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies Conference (Portland/Clackamas, OR)|
"One Goal, Many Voices: Inclusive Treatment Practices." -- 2.5 days of presentations, workshops and panel discussions, focusing on the diversity of the patient population within addictions services and will include sessions on ethics, working with Latino and LGBTQI populations, motivational interviewing, co-occuring disorders, trauma and survivor substance abuse, and more. 16.5 CEUs available.
Sep 16-18   Counselor Camp 2016 (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.  2016's theme is "Healing the Adolescent Psyche: Mind, Body, Spirit".  We will explore methods of healing for adolescents and how we as counselors and mentors can help young people and continue our own healing process along the way. $125 before August 1st, $140 after.
Oct 3-4   Co-Occurring Disorders Conference (Yakima)
Sponsored by WA State DHSH and DOC. This conference brings together experts from Washington and across the nation to share information about innovative therapeutic techniques, skills, programs, practices and policies that offer a relevant and enjoyable learning experience. Featured speakers include: Caleb J. Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW, University of Washington; Maggie Bennington-Davis, MD, Scott Boyles, LAC, and more.
Oct 13-15
  Addiction Health Services Research Conference (AHSR 2016) (Seattle)
Sponsored by ADAI and NWATTC. This conference is an opportunity for health services and implementation science researchers to join with clinical practitioners and policy makers. Call for abstracts is open until May 31: Registration is open now.
Oct 21   Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference (Tukwila)
Nov 6 - 8   Prevention Summit (Yakima)

Contact ADAI (adai@u.washington.edu) with information about Seattle-area or UW-sponsored lectures, workshops, or conferences on substance abuse.   We would be glad to help publicize them.