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  • Idaho Events

    Phoenix Event Calendar

    Please check for updates to the calendar. Phoenix Multisport is a sober active community. All events are FREE and open to anyone with a minimum of 48 hours of continuous sobriety.


    Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Foundations Training for Families and Stakeholders

    The State of Idaho is developing a new system of care for Idaho’s children and youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED), called Youth Empowerment Services (YES). YES will use a strengths-based and family-centered team approach to individualize care. Two trainings have been scheduled for families and stakeholders. One is about the CANS assessment tool and this training is for family members and caregivers. The other is a Foundations Training to prepare families and other stakeholders for the new system of care to help them understand what to expect when looking for guidance and treatment for children.

    January 18th, 2018
    IDHW Region 4 Office, 1720 Westgate Dr., Boise, ID, Room 131
    9 AM – 12 PM Foundations Training
    1 – 4 PM CANS

    January 19th, 2018
    IDHW Region 4 Office, 1720 Westgate Dr., Boise, ID, Room 131
    9 AM – 12 PM CANS
    1 – 4 PM Foundations Training

    January 25th, 2018
    IDHW Region 1 Office, 1120 Ironwood Dr., Coeur d’Alene, ID, Large conference room
    9 AM – 12 PM Foundations Training
    1 – 4 PM CANS

    January 26th, 2018
    IDHW Region 1 Office, 1120 Ironwood Dr., Coeur d’Alene, ID, Large conference room
    9 AM – 12 PM CANS
    1 – 4 PM Foundations Training

    February dates are being planned for Southeast Idaho.

    Registration for all trainings will be coming soon. Please check the YES website

    Certified Peer Specialist Training

    A Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) is a person specializing in support and in-depth experience with those struggling with mental health issues, substance/alcohol abuse, or psychological trauma. Similar to Recovery Coaches, they use their “lived experience” to influence and motivate those in the recovery program to work towards a sober lifestyle, without addiction. Support and assistance may consist of a “personal recovery plan” for each individual to practice learned techniques and strategies for self acceptance, self harm reduction techniques, and an overall recovery goal, both mentally and physically. CPSS’s use their advanced training and personal experience(s) to provide you with a solid support system through every stage of recovery.

    January 22nd – 25th, 2018

    Recovery 4 Life

    NAMI Idaho Western Regional Conference: Engage to Impact

    At this year’s conference, you’ll learn about effective ways to educate, engage, and encourage your organization or community regarding mental health. With a mix of high-profile speakers and useful seminars, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to help thousands in your area.

    Saturday, January 27th, 2018 (9 AM – 3 PM)

    Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., Boise, ID 83702


    RSVP to by 5 PM Saturday, January 20th, 2018

    19th Annual Strengthening Families Training Institute

    Join Us to Learn About the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) 5 Strategies for Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY: Dr. Beverly Fortson, a behavioral scientist at the CDC and an author of “Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities”

    Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child abuse and neglect and to assure all children reach their full potential. These five strategies are linked to the CDC’s Essentials for Childhood Framework which proposes strategies communities can consider to promote relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children.
    You will be able to choose from 16 workshops, take part in several interactive learning opportunities, and hear from a panel of authentic voices to close us out. Don’t miss it!

    March 6th – 7th, 2018 (Pre-conference March 5th)

    Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd., Boise, ID 83714

    Ashwood Family Healing Group: Education and Support

    Open to the community: For loved ones of anyone struggling with a substance use disorder. Learn About codependency and addiction, family roles and family dynamics, and communication skills.

    Ages 18 and up (special permission for teens may be granted). No RSVP required.

    Tuesday Nights

    6:00 – 7:30 PM

    Ashwood Recovery Building, 7941 W. Rifleman St. Boise, ID 83704


    Medicine Drop Off

    Unwanted medications and old prescriptions can be dropped off at area law enforcement offices for free and safe disposal. Boise City Police, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, and Garden City Police will each offer a ‘no questions asked’ medications collection bin in the lobby of their respective headquarters.

    Date: Ongoing

    Location: Visit collection site webpage for drop-off locations.

    NAMI Boise Programs & Support Groups

    All programs and support groups are FREE. Programs offered include:

    • Family & friends support groups
    • NAMI Connection (peer support groups)
    • Peer-to-Peer: 10-week experiential learning program
    • Family-to-Family: 12-week course for family members of individuals with severe mental illnesses
    • In Our Own Voice: public education program in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery
    • NAMI Basics: 6-week program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a serious mental illness or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed

    If you’re not located near Boise, click here to find a NAMI-Idaho Affiliate near you.

    Optum Trainings for Network Providers – click here to check on training availability

    Optum is pleased to work with our network to provide training opportunities.  Please be sure to take note of registration requirements.  Most registrations will close the week prior to the offered training to allow for proper planning of webinar resources as well as provide participants with necessary information to join the sessions.

    FREE Parenting Classes

    As individuals in recovery, we learn that our behaviors do not only affect us – they affect those we love, as well.  As parents in recovery, we have an opportunity to make amends and break unhealthy cycles that will have a powerful and long lasting impact on our children’s lives by learning to become the best parents that we can be. Call to reserve your place today: (208) 853-8536.

    Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Please come at 2:45 PM the first time to fill out paperwork)

    PEER Wellness Center, 963 S. Orchard St. #101, Boise, ID 83705

    Quit with Nancy!

    Free Program Sponsored By Saint Alphonsus Health ALLIANCE.

    To learn dates and times and to register call (208) 367-5864.

    Watch the 5-minute video presentation below.

    Tobacco Cessation Classes

    Date: On-going

    Idaho’s seven district health departments all offer tobacco cessation and FREE quit products:

    Panhandle Health District (Region 1): Tobacco Cessation

    North Central District Health Department (Region 2): Smoking Cessation Classes

    Southwest District Health Department (Region 3): Tobacco Cessation

    Central District Health Department (Region 4): Free Quit Tobacco Classes

    South Central Public Health District (Region 5): Tobacco Cessation

    Southeastern Idaho Public Health (Region 6): Tobacco Cessation

    Eastern Idaho Public Health (Region 7): Tobacco Cessation and Prevention

  • Non-Local Events


    Webinar: Medication-Assisted Treatment vs. Abstinence-Based Treatment

    This presentation will explore the history of both MAT and Abstinence Based Treatment. The program will explore the outcomes associated with both types of treatment, the challenges and barriers that both forms of treatment face and experience and ultimately seek to present possible integrated solutions for clients suffering from substance use disorders.

    Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

    11: 00 AM – 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)

    Webinar: Drug Testing– ​Principles and Biological Matrices in Addiction Treatment

    This webinar is the fourth in the Drug Testing Webinar Series and is designed to build knowledge of The ASAM Appropriate Use of Drug Testing in Clinical Addiction Medicine document. The consensus document guides provider decisions about drug testing as no universal standard exists today. It also allows patients and their families, healthcare administrators, and payers to determine clearly what constitutes appropriate practice and what is considered outside the realm of appropriate practice in regard to drug testing in clinical addiction medicine.

    Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

    1:00 – 2:00 PM (Mountain Time)


    Webinar: The Child Is Father to The Man– Trauma Leading to Substance Abuse May Lead to Further Trauma

    This free webinar will focus on childhood trauma—with an emphasis on PTSD, which can lead to addiction, which then can lead to further trauma. We will also discuss the pathophysiology and treatment.

    Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)

    Webinar: Hot Topics in Practice– Messaging Health Equity to Decision-Makers

    Many policies meant to improve health are written in such broad strokes that, upon implementation, historically marginalized communities don’t receive the intended benefits and health inequities could increase. In the December session of Hot Topics in Practice, Jennifer Messenger Heilbronner explores strategies researched and created by Voices for Healthy Kids for messaging health equity to policy decision-makers to ensure underresourced communities have access to new programs and funding created by a policy.

    In this one-hour webinar, Jennifer will share how research identified key values among policy decision-makers and used those values to craft a case for including equitable provisions in policies that help kids thrive. She will also review tips from a new messaging guide for policy advocates that discusses how to motivate decision-makers to consider, pursue, and champion health equity language in public policy development.

    Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

    1:00 – 2:00 PM (Mountain Time)

    Webinar: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

    Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) has been shown to be useful in the treatment of addictive disorders. The cornerstones of ACT include principles of mindfulness, remaining open to new ideas, and moving toward one’s values rather than escaping one’s feelings. In short, accepting feelings rather than escaping them and moving toward values rather than toward suffering define the goals of this type of behavioral therapy. Introducing patients to these principles can be done early in drug and alcohol treatment and set the tone for ongoing therapy. This workshop will demonstrate practical techniques that can be used in any therapeutic setting.

    Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

    1:00 – 2:00 PM (Mountain Time)

    National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®

    National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.

    January 22nd – 28th, 2018

    CADCA’s 28th Annual National Leadership Forum: Partnering for Prevention

    CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to fight substance abuse and hear from nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers. The Forum brings together over 3,000 participants representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, education institutions, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders.

    February 5th – 8th, 2018

    National Harbor, MD

    Agents of Change Summit 2018

    The Agents of Change Summit unifies and expands the community of professionals using marketing and technology to change people’s health behaviors for social good. In 2018, the Agents of Change Summit returns to San Diego with new research, case studies, technologies, and insights to help you change health behaviors in your community.

    February 12th – 13th, 2018

    San Diego, CA

    Annual Summit for Clinical Excellence: Shame, Trauma, and Addiction

    America is a country in pain. Physical pain receives much attention, but often the impact of emotional or spiritual pain is under-emphasized, particularly in discussions regarding the opioid crisis. In fact, physical pain is usually accompanied—and enhanced—by emotional distress. This presentation will explore the critical role that behavioral healthcare professionals have in reducing individual suffering and providing non-pharmacologic solutions to address chronic physical pain. Dr. Pohl will delve into the principles of chronic pain, the effects of emotional distress on increasing chronic pain, and the techniques to manage opioid dependence and chronic pain with clinical methods including mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and ACT.

    February 14th – 16th, 2018

    Phoenix, AZ

    17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health: Uniting the World for a Tobacco-Free Generation

    Convened by the Advisory Board for WCTOH, the Cape Town Consortium and the Conference Secretariat, The Union, the WCTOH is a call for a collective resolution to fight tobacco by working together and integrating tobacco control into our health and development goals. Held once every three years, the WCTOH is the premier, international conference on tobacco control.

    March 7th – 9th, 2018

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Conference: Traumatic Stress– Treatment, Resiliency and Approaches

    Traumatic stress is a powerful moderator of physical and mental health outcomes.  The impact of traumatic stress is visible across the lifespan from perinatal to late life stages of development.  The biological mechanisms that drive symptom onset and expression have been the focus of intense study.  Advances in neuroimaging and psychophysiology methods and applications now define clinical phenotypes that map onto biological indices.  Treatment approaches that target specific cognitive, behavioral, and biological processes linked to traumatic symptoms show promise yet additional work is needed to optimize outcomes for individuals exposed to traumatic events.  “Traumatic Stress” will bring together internationally recognized researchers in the field of trauma to deliver cutting-edge insights into core biological mechanisms and targeted therapeutic approaches in the field.  The proceedings of the conference will challenge current dogma and press scientific research and clinical applications into new territory.

    March 15th, 2018

    Chesterfield, Missouri

    The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

    The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is where solutions are formulated, stakeholders convene, and change begins. Be part of the international discussion on addressing the opioid crisis by attending the 2017 Summit.

    April 2nd – 5th, 2018

    Atlanta, GA

    Health Care’s Behavioral Health Conference

    Be among 5,000 like-minded leaders, as you explore health care’s greatest innovations in practice improvement, financing, integrated health care, technology, policy and advocacy, and professional development.

    April 23rd – 25th, 2018

    Washington, D.C.

    The 1st Center for Health & Safety Culture Symposium

    Rather than choosing a traditional conference format where speakers and experts share information with attendees, we have chosen a symposium format in which attendees will have the opportunity to engage in group discussion, listen to presentations in multiple formats, and create knowledge together. Indeed, there are many definitions of a symposium, but they all include gaining knowledge through interaction, conversation, and partnerships.

    June 20th – 22nd, 2018

    Bozeman, MT

    11th Annual Brain Matters Conference: Shame, Trauma, and Addiction

    The Summit for Clinical Excellence consistently makes your conference experience count with cutting-edge content presented by renowned speakers that stand out as pioneers in their fields, best-selling authors, and leading experts. Our advanced clinical training features the top faculty and authors in the field of mental health who cover today’s issues. Join us for our 11th annual Atlanta Summit in which we explore important topics in the treatment of mental health issues, particularly related to shame, trauma and addiction.

    October 17th – 20th, 2018

    Atlanta, GA

    2020 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous

    The 2020 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held July 2–5, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan with the theme “Love and Tolerance is our Code.” A.A. members and guests from around the world will celebrate A.A.’s 85th year at this event with big meetings held Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning in the Ford Field Stadium. Other meetings, scheduled or informal, will take place throughout the weekend in the COBO Center in downtown Detroit.

    July 2nd – 5th, 2020

    Detroit, MI

    Registration information will become available Fall 2019.

  • Online Training and Continuing Education

    Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network

    Building on a rich history, the ATTC Network continuously strives to improve the quality of addictions treatment and recovery services by facilitating alliances among front line counselors, treatment and recovery services agency administrators, faith-based organizations, policy makers, the health and mental health communities, consumers and other stakeholders. By connecting them to the latest research and information through activities such as skills training, academic education, online and distance education, conferences, workshops, and publications, the ATTC Network responds to the emerging needs of the field.

    FREE Alcohol and Pregnancy Webinars

    The NOFAS Webinar Series features current FASD research, intervention and treatment strategies, and other topics, presented by leading authorities from the FASD field. Webinars will be available for download 24 hours after the live presentation. Please register to view the webinar recordings. You may need to download special software to view the webinars, particularly on Mac computers.

    The one-hour, free webinars are usually offered on the third Wednesday of the month from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (Mountain Time).

    Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide

    This activity is intended for pediatricians, family practitioners, and other health and mental health care providers who care for youth aged 9-18 in the United States.The goal of this activity is to outline steps for youth alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment.Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    1. Plan screening strategies for alcohol use in children and adolescents using evidence-based tools and age-appropriate communication
    2. Use the NIAAA brief, 2-question screener for child and adolescent alcohol use
    3. Identify lower, moderate, and highest risk alcohol use among children and adolescents and propose steps and recommended language for an appropriate intervention for each
    4. Describe the prevalence, risk factors, and acute- and long-term risks for alcohol use in children and adolescents

    American Psychiatric Association Learning Center: For Every Stage of Your Career

    American Psychological Association. Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses are designed to provide innovative educational programs to advance clinical knowledge and expand the skills of physicians to promote quality patient care. Discover new CME opportunities now.

    Summit for Clinical Excellence: Continuing Education for Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals

    We’re helping you update, broaden, and extend your professional knowledge and skills through our high-quality courses offered across a broad range of topics—while also maintaining affordability and convenience.

    Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs

    The vision of TTS Training Program accreditation is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in the professional preparation of Tobacco Treatment Specialists through the accreditation of Tobacco Treatment Specialist training. As an accrediting body, we are committed to the development and proliferation of standards and procedures that meet the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex population of tobacco users.

    Evidence-Based Public Health Training Series

    The Evidence-Based Public Health Training Series consists of nine modules that cover core concepts, such as defining public health issues, conducting community assessments, prioritizing options, and evaluating program and policy impacts. You may take each of the modules individually and receive a certificate for each one. If you choose to complete all nine modules, you will also receive a certificate for the series as a whole.

    HCV Snapshot: An Introduction to Hepatitis C for Health Care Professionals

    HCV Snapshot is a free, 90-minute online course. It is designed to briefly familiarize medical and behavioral health professionals with Hepatitis C.

    Here you will find courses on a variety of topics related to improving health and healthcare services.

    Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention

    The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) is a collaboration of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the Education Development Center (EDC). Both organizations have extensive experience in addressing suicide and suicide prevention. URMC directs the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (CSPS), and EDC operates the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Site features webinar archives, training opportunities, and resources.

    IRETA: Institute for Research, Education, & Training in Addictions

    IRETA offers web-based training on a variety of topics related to substance use, addiction, and recovery. Most trainings offer the opportunity for continuing education credits.

    KAP E-Learning

    SAMHSA Knowledge Application Program (KAP). Trainings with CEUs available.

    Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT): Excellence in Motivational Interviewing

    This web site provides resources for those seeking information on Motivational Interviewing! It is hosted by the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international organization committed to promoting high-quality MI practice and training.

    Motivational Interviewing Online Courses

    This event provides an overview of Motivational Interviewing as described in Miller & Rollnick’s 3rd edition of their now classic work published in 1991. Basic information is presented for those unfamiliar and interested in learning more about this evidence-based intervention. For others, it will provide a review and/or update. We’ll cover the definitions, 4 processes, basic skills needed, and terminology used.

    More and more primary health settings are recognizing the need for their patients to make major lifestyle changes in order to reduce the impact of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and a multitude of other conditions. Primary health settings also have patients with risky substance use and/or mental health issues. At the same time, behavioral health providers are recognizing the impact of physical health on their client’s quality of life and wellness outcomes. One tool for both settings is Motivational Interviewing which is increasingly used for improving health outcomes by addressing behavior change. This webinar will offer some practical suggestions for basic health care behavior changes, including, but not limited to adopting healthy eating habits and increasing physical activity.

    NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals

    Recovery to Practice Webinars
    These webinars are a component of the Recovery to Practice (RTP) Initiative that is designed to hasten awareness, acceptance, and adoption of recovery-based practices in the delivery of addiction-related services.

    National Council for Behavioral Health

    National Council webinars present experts on key mental health and addictions topics, followed by meaningful Q&A with webinar participants.

    NCSACW: National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

    The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare is an initiative of HHS and jointly funded by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect.

    Webinars          Online Training

    NIH: Blending Initiative Motivational Interviewing CME/CE and Patient Simulation

    The goal of the CME activity is to introduce concepts of motivational interviewing that can be used in patient interactions and guide physicians and clinicians through skills building and technique development.


    Since 1979, PESI Inc., has provided cutting edge continuing education to professionals across the nation. We work alongside the world’s leading experts to create seminars, conferences, videos and books that meet the needs of adult learners. All of our continuing education seminars and products assure that professionals can meet the changing demands of their work by providing practical strategies, methods and interventions they can use immediately to improve the outcomes of their clients.

    The Prevalence of Prescription Opioid Misuse: Doctor Shopping, Co-ingestion, and Exposure

    This FREE self-paced online course covers important topics in prescription opioid misuse. The three sections will introduce you to prescription opioids, the link between multiple doctors and opportunities for misuse, and the prevalence of high-risk use among adolescents (including mixing pills with other drugs).

    Opioids are here to stay. Knowing and addressing risky behaviors associated with nonmedical use can help prevent potentially grave consequences such as overdose and addiction.

    Continuing Education Credits available:
    NAADAC Approved for 2 CEHs (FREE)
    PA CADC Approved for 2 CEUs (FREE)
    Social Work Approved for 2 CEUs ($10)

    Provider’s Clinical Support System For Medication Assisted Treatment

    We are a national training and mentoring project developed in response to the prescription opioid misuse epidemic and the availability of newer pharmacotherapies to address opioid use disorder.  The overarching goal of PCSS-MAT is to make available the most effective medication-assisted treatments to serve patients in a variety of settings, including primary care, psychiatric care, and pain management settings.

    SAMHSA Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Online Courses

    A search engine to find available courses in prevention training and technical assistance.

    Stepping Stones to Recovery SOAR Online Curriculum

    Training case managers to assist individuals who are homeless or at risk for homelessness to apply for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

    Women Matter!

    Women Matter! focuses on women’s substance use and mental health concerns. Tune in as experts in the field share treatment approaches that support women from diverse cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, and life experiences.

    The Workshop Calendar

    The Guide to Continuing Education for the Mental Health Community of the Northwest