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

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Sep 26   Solution to Addiction Symposium (Swinomish Casino & Lodge, Anacortes)
Sponsored by Skagit County Public Health & Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, 3:30-8:00 pm. Keynote speaker: John Fitzgerald Ph.D. Symposium with practical, real-world ways to help your friends and family, and have a better understanding of how addiction changes the brain.
Sep 27   HKCC 2018 Health Equity Summit: From Good Intentions to Race and Social Justice Accountability (Des Moines)
Dr. Ben Danielson of Odessa Brown’s Children Clinic is keynote speaker. Work Groups (Healthy Eating; Built Environment; Tobacco, Marijuana, and Other Drugs; and the Equity Committee) will report-out on their work for the past year. An afternoon panel will highlight local and national leaders that will speak on systems that perpetuate health inequities including food insecurity and climate justice.
Sep 28-29   NAMI Washington 2018 State Conference (Yakima, WA)
An intersection represents a relationship between two or more pathways, a creative co-mingling of passion, ideas and action that wouldn’t happen on an uninterrupted thoroughfare. It is at intersections that our direction, pace and effectiveness in getting where we want to go is determined.
Sep 29 & Oct 6   Alcohol and Drug Information School (ADIS-TOT) (Tacoma, WA)
Instructor: Mike Towey at Tacoma Community College - Continuing Education at 253 460-2356 for information or for signing up for the class. Course number is PDHEA 30 -TCC 5530. Approved course by Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery for individuals wanting to become certified as Alcohol/Drug Information School (ADIS) trainers. Fee includes facilitators manual. 14 Clock Hours or 14 Continuing Education Units.
Oct 1-4   2018 Four Directions Conference (Shelton, WA)
The goal is to honor the past and protect the future through holistic health, wellness, and recovery support. They hope to bring together Tribal leaders, behavioral health directors and counselors, education and prevention specialists, students and families to support each other with knowledge and experience around health issues, problem gambling and other addictions, and financial and safety concerns that affect all our communities.
Oct 11   Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Community Approaches and Resources (Seattle)
Featuring Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW, Principal Research Scientist and Interim Director
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington and Renée Bouvion, MPH Acting Regional Health Administrator – Region 10, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An evening of presentations and Q&A from local experts on the opioid epidemic. The program will provide members of the community with an overview of the opioid epidemic and community approaches for addressing the epidemic. Prevention strategies and key resources will be highlighted. Program is free and open to the public. ASL interpreted event. 5 - 6:30PM: Information Resource Tables Opioid-related resources from community organizations. 6:30 - 8PM: Presentations and Q&A. Level 1 of Microsoft Auditorium at Central Library 1000 Fourth Ave.
Oct 11-12   Breakthrough Strategies to Teach & Counsel Problem Youth & Children Workshop (Portland, OR)
Sponsored by Youth Change Professional Development Workshops for educators and counselors: 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.  Distance learning options and financial aid available. CEU and college credit available. Contact: dwells@youthchg.com, 1-503-982-4220.
Oct 15-16   Co-Occurring Disorders Conference (Yakima, WA)
Sponsored by WA State Health Care Authority, DSHS, Dept or Corrections. The goal is to promote integration of services across the public systems for mental health, substance use disorders, developmental disabilities, and medical care; promote knowledge about co-occurring disorders and the value of integration; support the development of a co-occurring capable system of care; and advocate and partner to promote integrated treatment and recovery for all.
Oct 15-17   Washington State Public Health Association Annual Conference (Wenatchee)
This conference brings together professionals from across the state to learn, connect, and celebrate the dedication of our community to improving the public’s health. With a mix of workshops, breakout sessions, and social events, our conference offers a unique opportunity to connect with peers who share your commitment to public health and the chance to gain valuable skills and knowledge to use in your daily work.
Oct 19   QPRT: Suicide Risk Assessment, Treatment, and Management Training (Vancouver, WA)
QPRT is a form of Suicide Risk Assessment which stands for Question, Persuade, Refer, Treat. Developed as a method for helping professionals, QPRT provides a better way for assessing an assisting those persons at elevated risk for suicidal behaviors. This training will teach you about populations with elevated risks, especially as it relates to substance use.  The training will assist those working with clients to assess, screen, and treatment plan for those determined to be at risk for suicide.  Documentation will be an area of focus including ethical issues in managing patients at risk for suicide.
Oct 26   Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals 21st Annual Conference (Seattle)
Annual statewide drug court conference for all therapeutic courts in Washington State. A 1-day WSAJCA Juvenile Drug Court Training will be held on Oct. 25, before the WSADCP conference.
Nov 2   BEYOND PINK 4: Better Systems For Girls (Seattle)
A one-day summit and training for girl*-serving advocates and professionals who work in systems including schools, youth development, child welfare, juvenile justice, health, mental health and housing. The focus is on building supportive environments, policies and practices. Keynote by Claudia Pineda Reyes of Zero Youth Detention and Uniting for Youth Programs, King Co.Public Health. Workshops by Brittany Brathwaite of Girls for Gender Equity NYC and others. Register: http://www.allforgirls.info/events/
Nov 6-7   Prevention Summit (Yakima, WA)
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. Sign up for updates about the Prevention Summit.
Nov 8   22nd Annual King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum (Seattle)
Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. The 2018 forum will include: Opportunities for community members to connect with legislators and county councilmembers before the program; King County’s proposed behavioral health legislative priorities for 2019; Compelling personal stories from individuals in behavioral health recovery; The perspectives and priorities of legislators and county councilmembers. Find the forum on Facebook.
Nov 9   Motivational Interviewing: Improving Client Outcome by Increasing Intrinsic Motivation to Change (Mountlake Terrace)
Trainer; Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CDC. Sponsored by Cascadia Training. CE: 6 units NBCC. Fee: $159
Nov 9   Aspirational Ethics: It's a Puzzle, Not a Problem (Vancouver, WA)
Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest trainer: Jim Jensen, CADC II. This is an Advanced level training, which requires participants to be knowledgeable about the fundamentals of the topic. The purpose of this training is to use the concepts of Aspirational and Virtue Ethics and Critical Thinking to facilitate growth of ethical decision making processes. By approaching even the most fraught ethical dilemmas as a puzzle to be solved, one can reduce the interference of anxiety and clearly see how one’s personal and professional ethics interact. Participants will learn methods for resolving ethical dilemmas related to assessment, documentation, confidentiality, dual relationships, perceived conflicts of law, and personal ethics. Applying ethical concepts to complex ethical dilemmas will be practiced.
Dec 14   Trauma-Informed Integrative Care for Marginalized Populations (Vancouver, WA)
Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest trainer: Sarah E. Royer-Stoll, B.S., CADC II, QMHA. The aim of this presentation is to increase awareness and understanding of the varied and nuanced experiences of individuals with marginalized characteristics, and the implications of their access to trauma-informed integrative behavioral health care. Attendees will learn terminology and history relating to sexual and gender identities, and will deepen their awareness of historic and intersectional oppression of those with identities that migrate from societal norms. The presenter and attendees will review recent statistics and relevant current events relating to care for marginalized populations.
Feb 8   Behavioral Health Integration: The Integrative Care Approach (Vancouver, WA)
Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest trainer: Joshua Allen Furtado, LPC, CADC III. This training is designed to increase awareness and use of integrated care by mental health, substance use disorder, and corrections counselors. This is an informational and experiential workshop to increase proficiency in providing an integrative care approach with other treating providers, including primary care, mental health and addictions treatment, and corrections.
Mar 6-9   8th Int'l Conf. on FASD: Research, Results & Relevance: Integrating Research, Policy & Promising Practice Around the World (Vancouver, BC)
This advanced level conference/meeting continues to bring together global experts from multiple disciplines to share international research.It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD. Who should attend: researchers; scientists; students; clinicians; health/mental health clinicians; physicians; addictions specialists; primary prevention workers; child welfare professionals, justice; FASD specialists; women’s service providers; educators; elected officials; policy-makers; administrators; community members; family members; and anyone interested in an advanced understanding in the field of FASD.
Mar 7-8   21st Annual Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine (Everett)
Save the Date! Conference will be held at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Seattle Everett. 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits or 15.00 CEUs available. The goal is to enhance the skills & performance of those providers who treat addicted patients.  New scientific, best practices, treatment, tools & modalities in all areas of addiction medicine will be presented.
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.