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  • Idaho Events

    Generation Found

    Join us for a special one-time screening of Generation Found. See the flyer here.

    February 22, 2017

    Boise State University Special Events Center

    Idaho Association for Play Therapy 2017 Annual Conference

    This is a two-day intensive training that combines Level I and Level II Certification requirements. This training focuses on teaching the AutPlay Therapy treatment approach, a Play Therapy and Behavioral Therapy based approach to working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, neurodevelopmental disorders, and other developmental disabilities. An overview of autism and other developmental disorders will be presented. The tenants of AutPlay Therapy will be presented including the four component areas of AutPlay and the sequence/phases of treatment. Parent training, group work, and research will be highlighted. Intake and assessment protocols will be presented with case examples. AutPlay foundations of Play Therapy and Behavioral Therapy will be covered and several directive Play Therapy techniques will be demonstrated. Experiential case conceptualization and treatment planning will be presented. Established play based autism treatments will be reviewed as well as current play therapy approaches that have been effective in treating autism and other developmental disabilities.

    Feb 24th-25th, 201

    La Quinta Inn, 7965 Emerald St, Boise, ID

    Making Self-Care a Priority

    Living a self-directed life is an integral part of our mental health, but it can be challenging when we aren’t taking good care of ourselves. The goal of this webinar is to provide education on effective self-care to manage our emotions and maintain healthy relationships with others.

    February 28th 2017, 6pm MST

    6th Annual Teens and Substance Abuse Workshop

    Are you up to date on the current drug trends emerging in the Treasure Valley? Can you spot the mental & physical signs of use? Parents, educators, health professionals, and other community members are invited to participate in this FREE, four part series exploring the issue of teen substance abuse. Learn from the experts in our community about current drug trends, teen social/emotional development and signs and symptoms of abuse. Join the conversation!

    Thursday, March 2nd / Tuesday, March 7th (SouthJr. High), Thursday, March 16th

    4:30pm – 7:30pm

    Boise School District Office, 8169 West Victory Road, Boise, ID 83709

    Wellness and Self-Care: An Ethical Imperative

    This workshop is experiential-based with a focus on counselor wellness and ethical decision making. Counseling can be a stressful profession and the counseling field is changing rapidly. We will discuss changes in the counseling profession, and how these changes relate to counselor stress,wellness and ethical decision making. A key component of this ethics training will be the identification and practice of wellness strategies that support and enhance the use of sound judgment when making ethical decisions. Please fill out and mail the flyer.

    Friday March 3, 2017, 9 am – 12 pm

    Location: Boise State Micron Business and Economics Building, Room 1209

    Refreshments Provided

     Hungry Heart Community Conversation about Prescription Drug/Opioid Abuse

    Watch the award winning documentary film “The Hungry Heart” followed by a panel discussion to include local experts joined by a participant from the film. Ask questions, provide opinions, and learn from our own community professionals. Rx/opioid addiction touches many lives throughout our community…please join the conversation! Teens welcomed and encouraged to attend with parent. Find the flyer here.

    Tuesday, March 7, 4:30pm – 7:30pm

    South Junior High Auditorium, 3101 Cassia Street, Boise

    The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness

    Please join us for our Wednesday, March 8, 2017 free parent webinar presented by Liza Long, Ed.D PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A DIFFERENT DAY AND TIME THAN PAST WEBINARS.

    Wednesday March 8, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM MST

     Political Activist’s Life Story Told in Film Screening

    “An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story,” a documentary produced by Honors College Dean Andrew Finstuen, will be screened at 6 p.m. March 8 in the Skaggs Hall of Learning in the Micron Business and Economics Building. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and will air nationally on Public Television in April but comes to campus early as part of a 30-city national tour. It tells the story of Reinhold Niebuhr, an outspoken pastor, writer and political activist who rose from a small Midwest church pulpit to become the nation’s moral voice during some of the most defining moments in American history. Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer” remains one of the most quoted writings in American literature, yet his impact was far greater. Presidents and civil rights leaders
 like Martin Luther King Jr. often credited Niebuhr’s writings for guidance and inspiration on the most volatile political and social issues of the 20th century. Finstuen said Niebuhr is one of the giants of American thought. “He modeled the best of a public voice speaking from conscience to a nation full of promise and peril,” Finstuen said. “As a historian, I saw a film about Niebuhr as a tool to provide a history lesson about America’s experience with industrialization, race relations, World War II, nuclear power and the Cold War.” Doblmeier, the film’s director will be at the screening and a Q&A moderated by Jill Gill from the Department of History will follow featuring Doblmeier and Finstuen.

    6 p.m. March 8 in the Skaggs Hall of Learning in the Micron Business and Economics Building, Boise State University

    ‘Hungry Heart’ Documentary Screening

    “The Hungry Heart,” an award-winning documentary film on prescription drug and opiate addiction and recovery in Vermont, will be screened at Boise State University for faculty, staff and students at 7 p.m. March 8 in the Jordan Ballroom. In addition to the the screen, Raina Lowell, one of the individuals in recovery featured in the film, will host a Q and A following the film. Directed by Bess O’Brien, the film provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the work of Vermont pediatrician Fred Holmes whose patients struggle with the disease. The film screening is sponsored by Drug Free Idaho and the Boise State University Department of Public Safety.

    7 p.m. March 8 in the Jordan Ballroom, Boise State University

    Kootenai County Substance Abuse Council Lunch and Learn:Conducting an Online Alcohol Environmental Scan for Your Community

    Come learn how to use today’s technologies to find out WHERE specifically in your community are the high-risk areas causing alcohol and other drug problems. An online environmental alcohol scan is a form of community assessment that investigates the physical elements within a community contributing to alcohol or other drug use. It looks beyond the epidemiological data and provides context and place of substance abuse use in your community.

    Friday, March 10 – Noon to 2 pm | Lunch served at 11:45 am

    St. Pius Catholic Church Faith and Formation Center
    625 E. Haycraft Avenue,
    Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815

    18th Annual Strengthening Families Training Institute

    Keynote Address: Dr. David Sanders, Executive Vice-President at Casey Family Programs and Chair of the National Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

    Dr. Sanders says, “When I was a child welfare director 10 years ago, we never discussed strategies to prevent these deaths. Our priority was simply to manage the crisis. As my fellow Commissioners and I traveled the country over the past two years, we found that this conversation is beginning to change. We still have to manage crises, but as child welfare leaders, we are ready to get ahead of the curve in order to prevent fatalities.” 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 21 and 22, 2017 (Pre-conference March 20)

    Idaho PTA State Convention

    Save the date! More information to follow.

    April 7 – 8, 2017  – Pocatello, ID

    24th Annual Idaho Prevention & Support Conference

    The ​Idaho ​State ​Prevention ​and ​Support ​Conference ​(IPSC) ​focuses ​on ​innovation, ​best ​practices, ​collective ​problem-solving ​and ​motivation ​to ​most ​effectively ​address ​youth ​risk ​behaviors, ​foster ​optimal ​health, ​and ​academic ​success ​for ​Idaho ​students.

    Thursday, April 13, 2017 8:00 AMFriday, April 14, 2017 4:30 PM (Mountain Time)

    Sun Valley Convention Center

    Intensive Training in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD

    This 4-day workshop is designed to provide intensive training in how to integrate PTSD treatment into standard DBT. Participants will learn the DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) protocol for treating PTSD, one of the newest developments in DBT research and practice. This protocol can be added to standard DBT to allow for integrated treatment of PTSD, suicidal and self-injurious behavior, and other co-occurring problems. Participants will learn how to use DBT strategies to prepare high-risk and multi-problem clients for the DBT PE protocol as well as how to determine when clients are ready to begin formal PTSD treatment. The structure and procedures of the DBT PE protocol will be taught in a session-by-session format with extensive opportunities to watch video examples and practice delivering each of the primary treatment components. Particular attention will be paid to discussing strategies for overcoming common problems that arise during PTSD treatment with high-risk and multi-problem clients as well as how to tailor the treatment to address the complex characteristics of this client population.

    April 18 -21, 2017

    Seattle, WA

    National Take-Back Initiative

    The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. Please check back on April 1, 2017 to locate collection sites near you.

    April 29, 201710AM to 2PM

    Boozing, Drinking, Keggers & Controlled Party Dispersal

    This training will encompass all components of house parties. Four different instructors from Idaho and other states, as far as South Carolina, will teach law enforcement about all the current trends with today’s parties including fake ID’s, deceptive tactics by party goers, underage drinking, and drug trends associated with the party atmosphere. Attendees will also learn and be walked through a controlled party dispersal scenario with real role players / volunteers from the local area. This fast moving training will be packed with information to help various communities deal with and reduce large underage drinking events. You can find the Flier here to register.

    Where: Idaho State Police, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

    When: Monday, May 22, 2017

    IDAHO Drug Symposium 2017

    The Northwest Alcohol and Substance Abuse Conference is excited to announce the 2017 Idaho Drug Symposium. This two day symposium is open to all who work in law enforcement, prevention, education, coalitions, treatment providers and probation.  The symposium will focus on today’s issues involving heroin, marijuana and prescription pills.

    Monday, October 2 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ~ Tuesday, October 3, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Riverside Hotel, Boise, Idaho

    Bobby Rogers and Tiffany Walters Memorial Scholarships

    Applications are available on our website at  All high school seniors and college students through age 24 are eligible IF they can produce evidence of attendance at an Alive at 25 course.  Information about the course is available at or In addition, we are announcing a one-time only scholarship opportunity for underclassmen.  Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors in the 2015-2016 school year are eligible to compete for several $500.00 scholarships with the deadline being 7/31/16.  They must show evidence of Alive at 25 class attendance as well.

    Community Resource Meetings

    Date: Ongoing. The first Tuesday of each month, (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct and December), at 10 am.

    Location: Dept. of H&W in Caldwell

    The purpose of the Community Resource meeting is to provide an informal forum for agencies to get together and network. The goal is to use the knowledge and contacts to better serve the clients.

    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

    – Communication Skills

    Tuesday Nights – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

    Ashwood Recovery Building – 7941 W. Rifleman St. Boise, ID 83704 – 208-895-7950

    Medicine Drop Off

    Date: Ongoing

    Location: Visit site for drop off locations.
    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.

    NAMI Affiliate Meetings: NAMI Idaho

    NAMI Family & Friends Support Groups are a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

    Boise: 7 to 8:30pm at the El-Ada Program Building

    Nampa: 7 to 8:30pm at the First United Methodist Church

    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 ammends 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 3:00-4:00pm (Please come at 2:45 the first time to fill out paperwork)

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

    Quit with NancyQuit with Nancy!

    Free Program Sponsored By Saint Alphonsus Health ALLIANCE

    Watch a 5-minute video presentation at 

    To register call: 208-367-5864

    See flyer for dates and times.

    Tobacco Cessation Classes

    Date: Ongoing
    Idaho’s seven district health departments all offer tobacco cessation and no cost 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

    TVADC Meetings

    Date: Ongoing. The first Thursday of each month (excluding June, July, and August) at 8am.

    Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church, Boise ID

  • National Events

    2017 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference

    Watch for more info to come!

    Walla Walla, Washington

    Drop the Dip & Drop Your Risk: Great American Spit Out 2017

    Dropping the dip is a good choice for your health and your relationships. Unlike your girlfriend, we won’t nag you about it. If you are ready to quit, we are here to help. Check us out for free tips and resources to help you get one-step closer to that perfect selfie. Because let’s face it, gum cancer, white patches, and tooth loss, can seriously mess with your Instagram game. Drop the dip and set your quit date for February 23 – the Great American Spit Out.

    February 23, 2017

    The Real Talk on Bullying

    When it comes to effective bullying prevention in schools, getting real answers to tough questions is critical. Issues such as: how to get started, how to pay for it, measuring results, and gaining buy-in can derail meaningful bullying prevention efforts.

    Thursday, February 23, 2017
    1 p.m. CST

    College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives from the Field

    The role of institution of higher education professionals is vital to underage drinking prevention efforts. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 58 percent of full-time college students ages 18-22 drank alcohol in the past month. Furthermore, 37.9 percent of college students ages 18-22 reported binge drinking in the past month. The webinar will highlight an important new resource—the College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives video series—which showcases underage drinking prevention strategies on and around college campuses across the nation. The first video in the series, “Lessons Learned at Frostburg State University,” explores actions taken to reduce underage and harmful drinking in the campus community, and offers educators, parents of college-age youth, and prevention organizations insights into what local prevention efforts worked at Frostburg State University.


    2017 CARA Family Day

    CARA Family Day 2017 – named after the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2016 – provides families across the country impacted by addiction an opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress and advocate on behalf of policies that support a comprehensive response to addiction.

    February 28 – March 1

    MIMH: Traumatic Stress Conference

    “Traumatic Stress: New Mechanisms and Effective Treatment” 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.

    When: March 1-2, 2017

    Where: TBD

    Improving Retention, Outcomes and Supervision with PCOMS

    The Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS), listed in SAMHSA’s NREBPP, is used by thousands of behavioral health professionals in all 50 states and in 20 countries. This client-directed, outcome-informed and recovery-oriented approach takes 5 minutes (or less) to solicit feedback. Clients/peers appreciate tracking their progress from their own points of view. The tools are available for individual, group, child, adult and telephone or electronic interactions. Without changing the current therapeutic model or program, PCOMS is effective with people across diagnostic categories and in public and private service delivery systems, resulting in significantly reduced dropouts, improved recovery outcomes, and enhanced supervision practices.

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST

    American Counseling Association 2017 Conference

    Join us for the counseling event of the year! Attendees can earn CEs through a wide variety of timely education sessions; take advantage of powerful learning opportunities such as the Counseling-in-Action Demonstration Series; collaborate with counseling peers from around the globe; get trained to become a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer; gain career insights and/or leads at the ACA Career Center; relax/recharge at special evening events, and so much more.

    March 16-19, 2017 at the Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco, CA

    Six Types of Sex Use Disorder

    Dr. Weiss has used his thirty years of clinical experience to develop six types of sex addiction assessment and treatment modalities consisting of Biological, Psychological, Spiritual, Sexual Trauma, Intimacy Anorexic/Sex Use disorder, and Mood disorder/ Sex use disorder. This webinar will demonstrate how to clearly delineate which sex use disorder one has in a relatively short amount of time. Participants will also be shown how to provide clear clinical interventions for each type of sex use disorder.

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM MDT

    National Conference on Tobacco or Health

    The National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) is one of the largest, long-standing gatherings of the United States tobacco control movement. It attracts a diverse set of public health professionals to learn about best practices and policies to reduce tobacco use—the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States.

    March 22-24, 2017

    Austin, Texas

    National Council Conference

    We’re excited to have you join us for NatCon17 in Seattle. You will be joined by 5,000 colleagues for an exciting, informative, innovative and fun-filled event.

    April 3-5, 2017 – Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA

    Motivating the Troops: Creating an Advocacy Mechanism

    Our state and national legislators make the laws that impact the work we do in addiction treatment – yet, generally speaking, they know very little, if anything, about what we do. We can educate them or leave that to chance, or worse, the pharmaceutical companies, insurance lobbyists, and pro marijuana folks! We CAN make an impact but we MUST engage in the process. This workshop will discuss the who, how, why and when of legislative advocacy and give you tools to equip others. You will learn how to build an advocacy machine in your workplace and/or any organization you wish to mobilize.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MDT


    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.

    Atlanta, GA | April 17 – 20, 2017

    Effective Screening for Gambling Disorder

    There is a clear evidence that individuals in treatment for substance use disorders are at high risk for gambling and that unidentified gambling problems contributes to increased treatment costs and decreased treatment effectiveness. However, standard screening techniques have been largely ineffective in clinical settings. This presentation will focus on effective strategies for screening for gambling problems and initiating the conversation regarding the impact of gambling and problem gambling on recovery, health and well-being.

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MDT

    National Take-Back Initiative

    The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. Please check back on April 1, 2017 to locate collection sites near you.

    April 29, 201710AM to 2PM

    Real Health: The Importance of Professionals in Today’s Information Climate: 2017 SALIS/AMHL Conference

    With an increased debate between “real information” and “fake news”, the information professional’s work of providing unbiased and accurate information to their community, has become even more vital. Uncertainty in the future of our library budgets and resources can cloud our intended missions and goals. We ask presenters to consider how the work of information professionals needs to continue to address health information concerns, including substance abuse/use and mental health, in an era of uncertainty and challenges.

    May 3-6, 2017
    Worcester, Massachusetts

    Mental Health America 2017 Annual Conference: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

    It’s time to take mental health, mental illness and addiction — and all the messy, sometimes embarrassing, uneasy truths that accompany them — out from behind closed doors — and discuss them openly. MHA’s 2017 Annual Conference will dive into these sometimes controversial topics in a way MHA never has done before. Join affiliates, advocates, policy makers, healthcare providers, executives, members of the media, artists, and others as we explore the theme, Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll.

    June 14-16, 2017

    Washington D.C.

    2017 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference

    The documentary Paper Tigers sparked renewed interest in the effects of chronic, overwhelming stress and trauma on children’s development. Trauma-informed care is emphasized more than ever. Yet, parents, educators, clinicians, mental health workers and law enforcement alike still struggle to understand the impacts of trauma on brain development in a concrete and tangible way.  This conference will provide concrete strategies that operationalize what brain science tells us will be most effective. If you want to know more about how trauma impacts the brain and what to do about it, please join us for this exciting conference.

    June 28-29, 2017

    Whitman College , 345 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362

    NAMI National Convention

    NAMI 2017 National Convention will feature: Attendee visit to Capitol Hill to advocate for mental health, Top-notch researchers and clinicians providing information and tools to advance and sustain recovery from mental illness, People living with a mental illness and their families providing their own important perspectives on recovery, The country’s keenest minds and savviest policymakers offering strategies and tactics to effectively advocate for changing the mental health system in our nation, Abundant networking opportunities so we can learn from each other about how we can improve the lives of all people living with mental illness and their families, Inspiration, innovation and an exhilarating four days in Washington, DC.

    June 28 – July 1

    Washington, DC

    NADCP Annual Training Conference featuring Vet Court Con

    NADCP annually hosts the world’s largest conference on treatment courts and criminal justice reform. With over 30 tracks and hundreds of sessions, this conference provides the training you need on critical topics affecting your program. Our conference is more than training sessions. This is our annual opportunity to come together as a community and share ideas, collaborate, rejuvenate and of course…have some fun! Registration and housing will open in January so stay tuned for more information.

    July 9-12, 2017 | Washington, DC

    21st Annual Safe & Civil Schools National Conference

    The Safe & Civil Schools National Conference is based on the philosophy that student achievement improves when classrooms, schools, and districts are safe and civil. When students respect each other and school staff, and understand expectations for success and consequences for misbehavior, they are better able to actively engage in learning.

    SundayThursdayJuly 16-20, 2017

    Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

    Center for Play Therapy Summer Institute

    In 1973, the Center for Play Therapy at UNT began hosting the annual play therapy conference with nationally-recognized authorities in play therapy. The 6-day CPT Summer Institute continues to attract hundreds of practitioners and educators from around the globe every year for this unique, grounded play therapy training experience. Daily workshops are facilitated by leaders in the field of play therapy and include both didactic and experiential learning components. Come join a community of play therapists in this exciting, hands on, experiential learning setting, specifically focused on becoming more grounded, knowledgeable, and facilitative play therapists! We sincerely hope that you can join us!

    July 17-22, 2017

    University of North Texas, Denton, TX

    2017 Alcohol Education Summit

    Save the date! Registration will Open May 2017.

    August 15-17, 2017, Big Sky Resort, Montana

    National Conference on Addiction Disorders 2017

    Knowledge that builds and sustains clinical excellence in treatment of addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders, as well as strategies and tools that drive organizational and service delivery excellence.

    August 16-20, 2017
    Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel

    2017 National Cannabis Summit

    An objective national forum for changing public policy, public health, treatment and research.

    August 28-30, 2017, Denver, Colorado

    National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children’s 14th Annual Conference

    Save the Date!! More information to come!

    August 29-31, 2017

    Green Bay, Wisconsin

    NAADAC 2017 Annual Conference: Elevating Your Practice

    The 2017 Annual Conference will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center from September 22-26, including pre-conference training sessions on September 22 and post-conference training sessions on September 26. Regular conference sessions will take place September 23-25.

    Positive Culture Framework Training

    The Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University invites you to attend the Positive Culture Framework training on our updated approach which is based on the latest research and builds on the Positive Community Norms framework. The framework embraces a cultural approach, is grounded in the latest science, and includes positive norms in improving health and safety. Save the Date! Registration opens soon!

    October 17th-19th in San Antonio

  • 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 one-hour webinars will be offered on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2pm Eastern time and will be archived and available for download at The series will feature alcohol and pregnancy, and FASD issues.

    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

    APAeducation: Lifelong Learning and CME Center

    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.

    Ben Franklin Institute: 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.

    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), a CDC-funded research center focusing on a public health approach to suicide prevention and research, will begin its second annual webinar series in January 2014.  A project of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Education Development Center, the ICRC-S draws suicide prevention directly into the domain of public health and injury prevention and links it to complementary approaches to mental health.

    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)
    Click above to find training 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          Journals          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
    PA CADC Approved for 2 CEUs
    Social Work Approved for 2 CEUs

    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