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  • Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug Dependency 

    On behalf of the Foundation Board and Planning Committee, I welcome you to the 34th annual Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug Dependency. We appreciate your feedback from last year and have made some adjustments in the specific focuses for this year. You can attend sessions all within one focus area, or pick and choose across any of them. The focuses are: Presenting strategies for the prevention of substance use disorders. Imparting skill building for effective community coalitions, Recovery Support: Extending the knowledge base for persons providing recovery coaching and other peer support services, Youth & Family: Highlighting behavior and juvenile justice issues for youth and family including brain development, generation gaps, stages of change, family support and trauma informed care, Clinical Education & Skills: Sharing information on clinical issues, including ethics, harm reduction, treatment, and the language of addiction, Criminal Justice: Teaching Foundational and emerging best practices for professionals involved in criminal justice.

    Pre-conference: May 13th, 2019

    Conference: May 14th – 16th, 2019

    Boise, ID

    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


    Eating Disorder Hope & Healing 12-Step Community Support Group

    Please join us every Monday evening from 6-7pm for a free community support meeting addressing the needs of people suffering with or in recovery from an eating disorder. This meeting provides education about eating disorders and offers 12-Step support.

    Monday Nights

    6:00 – 7:00 PM

    1411 W Franklin Street Boise, ID 83702 888-224-8250

    888-224-8250 or 801-224-8255

    Idaho Area 18: Alcoholics Anonymous 

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

    Locations and Times

    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

    Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR)

    Y12SR is a sober activity and resource that combines the wisdom of yoga philosophy in conjunction with the practical tools of 12-step programs. It’s guided by it’s theme ‘The Issues Live In the Tissues”, and is modeled from meetings of 12-step programs. Y12SR meetings are for anyone dealing with their own addictive behaviors or affected by those behaviors in others. This is a open and inclusive group. All A’s are welcome.

    For upcoming meetings click here

    The Phoenix–Boise Facebook Page

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


    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


    Mental Health Month

    Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. We welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.

    National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month 

    We need your help to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse.  October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM).  CADCA is providing a wealth of turnkey tools to help coalitions raise awareness on these issues within their communities. Join community organizations and individuals around the country to spur discussions in your community to find solutions to this complex problem!

    International Conference on Trauma and Addiction

    This International Conference on Trauma and Addiction brings together world-renowned researchers, authors, clinicians and trainers to review and discuss the interaction between trauma, chemical and behavioral addictions, and psychiatric illnesses. In a series of of plenary sessions, along with focused in-depth workshops, this gathering of health professionals —- hosted by Meadows Behavioral Healthcare in Scottsdale, Arizona — will focus on the interaction of attachments, neurobiology, and the developmental aspects of trauma’s effects on people. Experts will review what have learned about the ways the brain is shaped by traumatic experiences, how traumatic stress is a response of the entire organism, and how that knowledge needs to be integrated into healing practices.

    January 17th – 19th, 2019

    Scottsdale, AZ

    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.

    January 22nd – 27th, 2019

    Evolution of Addiction Treatment 

    EVOLUTION is mission-driven to deliver its participants an energy-filled educational experience. This is done through selecting innovative and cutting-edge keynotes and workshop presenters, many of whom provide experiential educational experiences. Evolution will provide a forum that encourages professional dialogues of controversial issues, showcases innovative and creative treatment approaches, and offers an overview of the field and its future. Attendees will encounter new ideas and methodologies. Evolution will offer up to 24 CEs and have over 79 exhibitors including agencies, vendors, educators, and self-help programs.

    January 24th – 27th, 2019

    Los Angeles, CA

    Psychotherapy Associates Winter Symposium 

    The purpose of the 45th Annual Winter Symposium includes improving health professional attendee’s evidence-based diagnostic/assessment, treatment, knowledge and practice skills specific to reducing and/or eliminating health care provider care gaps and facilitating integrative care related to a broad spectrum of addictive disorders, behavioral health and mental health disorders.

    January 27th – 30th, 2019

    Opioid Abuse Management Forum

    The Opioid Epidemic has gained national attention, and there has been increasing pressure on hospitals, health systems and health plans to effectively tackle this complex issue. Chronic pain affects a large number of Americans, and ineffective practices related to prescribing guidelines, prescription monitoring and provider education have led to an increase in opioid abuse/harm. hospitals, health systems and health plans must engage in efficient organizational strategies, enhanced provider education and safer prescription practices to effectively tackle the rise in opioid abuse. Attendees will benefit from learning about best practices and strategies that have been deployed to address the challenges presented by the current healthcare environment impacting hospitals, health systems and health plans in effectively managing opioid abuse/harm.

    January 28th – 29th, 2019

    Scottsdale, AZ

    North American Cannabis Summit 

    The 2019 North American Cannabis Summit is an objective forum to address public health, science, and health equity in this time of expanding cannabis decriminalization, medical use, and legalization of recreational use. Tracks for the 2019 Summit include: public safety, prevention and education, emerging research and epidemiological data, governance, federal law, and emerging policy, health effects, regulatory issues.

    January 28th – 30th, 2019

    Los Angeles, CA

    CADCA  29th Annual National Leadership Forum and SAMHSA’s 15th Prevention Day

    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 4th – 7th, 2019

    40th Annual Training Institute on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders

    This premiere training event, celebrating its 40th year, specializes in the core issues facing the mental health and the addictions field.  It is where a unique combination of nationally recognized faculty address a wide variety of today’s most relevant topics.  The result is a highly acclaimed national training event featuring customized training opportunities for developing new treatment strategies and the sharing of research advances for clinicians and counselors.

    February 11th – 14th, 2019

    Clearwater Beach, FL

    Substance Use Disorders: A Comprehensive Review

    Attend this conference on substance use disorders to hear the latest research and find guidance that enhances your care for patients. Substance use disorders are complex and have a huge impact on patients, families and communities. They challenge even experienced health care professionals to stay current with evolving guidelines. And they are seen and treated across all professions, disciplines and practice settings. This includes primary care, psychiatry, social work, psychology, family practice, nursing and more.

    February 17th – 20th, 2019

    Lake Buena Vista, FL

    1st Annual Florida Adolescent and Young Adult Conference: Emerging Issues in Substance Abuse

    Bradford Health Services invites you to participate in an inaugural event, the 1st Annual Florida Adolescent and Young Adult Conference: Emerging Issues in Substance Abuse (FLAYAC).  We expect 200 participants from around the state; the target audience is k-12 and college professionals (superintendents, deans, school counselors, school nurses, school resource officers), private therapists, agency professionals, medical personnel, youth clergy, and justice professionals (judges, probation officers). This year we are offering a maximum of 18 exhibitor spots with guaranteed traffic. Each conference attendee will be given an “exhibitor bingo” card; this card will be signed by you when a participant visits your booth, and a participant must have a full bingo card to be eligible for door prize drawings (scheduled throughout the day).

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

    Fort Walton, FL

    Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology 2019

    Attend this renowned conference to network with experts and enhance how you assess and treat mental health concerns in children and adolescents. Our agenda provides a complete update across research, assessment, and treatment for a variety of conditions and comorbidities. That makes this event ideal if you work in mental health, primary care, nursing, psychology, school health, and more. Plus, enjoy one of Hawaii’s most acclaimed resorts. The spirit of Hawai’i and the magic of Disney come to life at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, a one-of-a-kind Disney experience in Ko Olina, Hawai’i. There’s so much to experience, everyone will have an unforgettable story to tell.

    March 15th – 17th, 2019

    Ko Olina, Hawaii

    Alabama School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies

    ASADS exist to foster and maintain the integrity of alcohol and substance abuse related services for consumers and provide continuing education and educational programs for professionals working with populations affected by alcohol and substance abuse. In doing so, we wish to coordinate between federal, state and local agencies to enhance the development of comprehensive educational programs focusing on alcohol and substance abuse issues. This will set a high standard of professional education and training through educational conferences and programs of continuing education.

    March 18th – 22nd, 2019

    2019 Registration opening soon!

    American Counseling Association (ACA) 2019 Conference and Expo

    ACA 2019 Conference offers you up to 15.5 CEs in nearly 500 sessions, organized into 36 tracks. Choose to learn on more than 30 topics ranging from managing your educational experience to timely concerns such as opioid addiction – in classroom presentations and roundtable sessions. The ACA 2019 Conference & Expo is hosted by the ACA, a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. We welcome licensed professional counselors, counselor educators, students, school counselors, substance abuse counselors, psychologists and others eager to interact with the latest and greatest products and services that help mental health professionals help others thrive.

    Pre-Conference: March 28th, 2019

    Conference: March 29th – 31st, 2019

    New Orleans, LA

    National Wilderness Therapy Symposium

    The Symposium brings a diverse cross-section of clinicians, field instructors, rites of passage guides, educational consultants, professors, research specialists, students and residential programs staff under one roof to share theories, insights and best practices in an open spirit. We do this to improve ourselves and the therapeutic services we provide. The symposium offers us a place to explore, inform, and educate ourselves on a diverse range of topics all centering on wilderness therapy.

    April 3rd – 5th, 2019

    Asheville, North Carolina

    The ASAM 50th Annual Conference – Innovations in Addiction Medicine and Science

    Don’t miss this special 50th Anniversary of the ASAM Annual Conference! The ASAM Annual Conference is the nation’s premiere event showcasing best practices and the latest science, research, and innovations in addiction medicine. Do you want to learn more? This 50th Annual Conference will offer more high-quality education, more posters, more awards, more fun activities, and more pre-conference offerings. There will also be a 50th Annual Conference special celebration – the Fun, Fab, and Fifty Shindig party on Saturday night! Join over 2,300 colleagues in Orlando for these incredible experiences!

    April 4th – 7th, 2019

    Orlando, FL

    The Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care

    Join hundreds of correctional health care colleagues in Nashville to learn, share, problem-solve and network. The Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care promises a professional pick-me-up for clinicians, administrators and anyone who cares about delivering quality health care to incarcerated individuals. Choose from among 60 educational sessions, browse the exhibit hall and enjoy ample opportunity for talking shop with others who understand the challenges and rewards of your work.

    Pre-conference: April 6th – 7th, 2019

    Conference: April 8th – 9th, 2019

    Exhibits: April 7th – 9th, 2019

    2nd Annual National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference

    The National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference is a unique opportunity to gather, share best practices and engage in action planning. Be a part of plenaries, panels, workshops and other presentation formats. This conference will benefit anyone who supports children and families affected by incarceration.

    April 14th – 17th, 2019

    Phoenix, AZ

    Registration is not currently open

    The Largest Annual Conference Addressing the Opioid Crisis

    The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is where solutions are formulated, stakeholders from Federal to family convene, and change begins. It is the annual gathering for stakeholders to discuss what’s working in prevention and treatment. Notable speakers in past years have included President Barack Obama in 2016, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in 2017, and President Bill Clinton in 2018. Be part of the international discussion on addressing the opioid crisis by attending the 2019 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta.

    April 22nd – 25th, 2019

    Atlanta, GA

    National Addiction Leadership Conference

    NAATP National has been the annual “go to” event for our industry since 1978. This conference remains unique and critically important as the leading educational and networking event within the addiction treatment field. Conference registration includes sessions, materials, breaks, member lunch. This event will include 100+ Addiction Provider + Vendor Exhibit Booths

    May 5th – 7th, 2019

    Washington D.C.

    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.

    Youth Mental Health First Aid

    Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

    Training event dates vary, please check the YMHFA training details page.

    Register for the soonest training here.

  • Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health: Parent Webinar 

    Idaho’s new YES system of care will be a “Family-Centered” approach that emphasizes family strengths and encourages families to be actively engaged in the process of creating and implementing a plan of care for their child.  Sounds good BUT what does that really mean and how do parents prepare for this?  Join Janet Hoeke from the Idaho Parent Network and Sarah Tueller, Parent Educator, Idaho Parents Unlimited as they discuss how to be equal partners in a collaborative team process where families share their unique needs, strengths, experiences, and perspectives.

    Thursday, December 13th, 2018

    10:00 AM (Mountain Time)

    Virtual Symposium

    Join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and SAMHSA’s GAINS Center, for a virtual symposium that features national experts, local innovative programs, and readily accessible federal resources to better meet the needs of justice-involved individuals with mental and substance use disorders.

    Friday, December 14th, 2018

    7:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Mountain Time)

    Keeping Healthy Kids Healthy: How Substance Abuse Prevention Can Really Work

    It is a research-supported fact that most teens today are making healthy choices when it comes to substance use. Yet opportunities for kids to remain free from substance use disorder are jeopardized when we as caring adults lack basic understanding about how our attitudes and behavior can protect them from early, risky use of alcohol and other drugs. This webinar will outline substance use prevention as a health science. FCD Prevention Works will share best practices, along with robust data from the international FCD Student Attitudes and Behavior Survey, to explore practical ways for you to positively impact the health of the teens in your life.

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

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

    A New Twist on Motivational Interviewing

    As clinicians we are concerned with how best to help someone who is at a stuck point in their lives. Motivational interviewing has helped clinicians maintain a therapeutic alliance as their patients struggles to find a healthier alternative to what they have been doing. Dr. Berger has developed an ancillary approach to motivational interviewing that helps a patient who is stuck or resistant to change activate a part of themselves that he refers to as  the healthy self. Dr. Berger will teach clinicians how to draw out this part of a patient and how to activate the healthy self so it can become a joint contributor to a person’s emotional well being.

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

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

    Living in a Cloud: Adolescent Nicotine Use

    Though adolescent cigarette smoking rates have decreased over the past four decades with fewer than 1 in 25 teens reporting daily tobacco use, e-cigarette use has increased two-fold. There are still lower rates of adolescent nicotine use overall, but a potentially dangerous trend has emerged with the increased use of vaping. Cigarette companies are not allowed to market their products to adolescents, but they have found other ways to create a new teen culture through the sponsorship of vaping “cloud” competitions. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the psychopharmacology of nicotine use, the culture of vaping, and strategies for prevention and treatment. Participants will learn how healthy factors of adolescent development add to the risk of becoming addicted to nicotine.

    Wednesday, January 23rd. 2019

    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Mountain Time)

    National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day

    National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day is an annual live online chat held between high school students and NIDA scientists during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Students from around the country ask the questions they most want the answers to about drugs and drug misuse, including drug effects, how to help friends or family that are abusing drugs, and what causes addiction. Our expert scientists give them the facts.

    Thursday, January 24th, 2019

    Finding Ambivalence and 10 other Things about Motivational Interviewing

    The greatest challenge using motivational interviewing (MI) may be finding the “true” ambivalence it’s supposed to address. This webinar is designed to assist clinicians who want to use MI effectively with clients with co-occurring disorders. By returning to the basics and exploring the areas of focus and evocation, each participant will learn when it’s appropriate to use MI. By helping the client reveal what they are conflicted about, they begin to make their own arguments for change. It is particularly effective with those presenting with co-occurring disorders since their resistance to change is often quite challenging.

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

    1:00 PM- 2:30 PM (Mountain Time)

    Addressing the Opioid Crisis via Community-Based Technical Assistance

    In response to the nation’s opioid crisis, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded a two-year grant to provide technical assistance (TA) to states and territories to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) with a coalition of national professional organizations. These TA activities are designed to enhance the work of the Opioid State Targeted Response efforts already underway throughout the United States and territories. The State Targeted Response – Technical Assistance (STR-TA) Consortium utilizes local experts in prevention, treatment, and recovery to facilitate access to evidence-based resources. This webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. opioid crisis and technical assistance models.

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Mountain Time)

    Guidelines to Developing Competence with Mindfulness-Based Interventions

    With the expanding use of mindfulness-based interventions in behavioral healthcare generally, and addiction counseling specifically, there have been emerging concerns over ensuring educational, training, and competency standards with these interventions. This webinar will provide an overview of six emerging guidelines for promoting competence with mindfulness-based interventions. It will also highlight adherence scales that can enhance training and supervision, as well as resources for further development.

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Mountain Time)

    Part 1: A Trauma-Informed Approach for Criminal Justice-Involved Women

    This webinar discusses the specifics of becoming gender-responsive and trauma-informed, as well as offers recommendations for trauma-specific interventions.  Examples of implementation from a variety of jurisdictions are provided.

    Part 2: Defining our Work with Justice-Involved Women: What is State of the Art?

    This webinar will explore the available evidence focused on intervention practices with justice-involved women, beginning with an overview of what is considered state of the art on a national level, followed by a closer look at fundamental and core practices that contribute to favorable outcomes.

    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.

    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.

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Training And Resources: Collaborative for an Alcohol-Free Pregnancy: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Free, online trainings are available for healthcare providers who care for women at risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy, and for those who work with individuals living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). These online trainings provide strategies to improve the delivery of care related to FASDs and their prevention.

    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

    NDEWS Archived Webinars: National Drug Early Warning System

    NDEWS Presents are monthly webinars convened by the NDEWS Coordinating Center to explore emerging drugs and timely drug-related topics. Future webinars will offer in-depth reviews of newly detected drugs, timely drug issues or trends, and events in specific geographical areas. Webinars may also be convened to explore innovative research and resources for better understanding changes in drug use and drug use trends in the United States.

    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.

    NSDUH Data Presentation Now Available on 

    The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data presented by Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, measures: use of illegal drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco mental disorders, treatment, and co-occurring substance use. The data provides estimates of substance use and mental illness at the national, state, and sub-state levels. NSDUH data also help to identify the extent of substance use and mental illness among different sub-groups, estimate trends over time, and determine the need for treatment services.


    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.

    Safe at Every Stage: Injury and Violence Prevention and the Developing Brain

    This course is designed to help you understand and plan developmentally appropriate injury and violence prevention efforts that take into account the latest research on brain development. Using examples, interactive exercises, and real data sources, the course walks you through the process of analyzing injury and violence data through a developmental lens to tailor and implement your efforts. It also guides you through connecting with partners and communities to plan and work together on applying this knowledge to injury and violence prevention efforts.

    Format: Online course

    Time: 1.75 hours

    Cost: Free

    SAMHSA Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Online Courses

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

    Service to Self: Behavioral Health for Fire and EMS Personnel

    This new, online training course includes videos featuring emergency medical technicians and fire personnel, scenarios, and interactive quizzes. The course addresses occupational stressors; mental health and substance use issues including depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, suicidality, and alcohol use; resilience; and healthy coping mechanisms including demonstrations of stress management techniques. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) for continuing education credit. Learn more about all of SAMHSA’s training courses for first responders.

    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).

    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.

    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