ASADS is in the process of planning our 43rd 2018 school, and would love for you to consider applying as a presenter. The school will be held March 19-23, 2018 at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

ASADS offers a unique opportunity for professional development, information exchange and networking. It is designed to address the need for knowledge and skill development through advanced training. We have a proud history of providing education encompassing the fields of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery for over forty (40) years. Throughout the four day conference more than 500 participants will have access to one (1) full day courses, two (2) full day courses and exciting plenary speakers.

We expect participants to come from a variety of settings and possess a range of skills and experience. Attendees may include prevention practitioners, treatment, recovery and youth development practitioners, state and community leaders, agency directors and staff, juvenile justice and adult corrections practitioners, people in recovery and their allies, public health practitioners, educators and faith-based groups.

If you are interested in supporting ASADS by becoming a presenter, please complete this form including the required attachments.  Early submissions will be greatly appreciated." 

Suggested Topics are listed below but not limited to the following:

Prevention Topics include, but are not limited to, HIV/AIDS, prevention ethics, managing disruptive behavior, sustainability planning, cultural competency and addressing behavioral health disparities underage drinking, community level change strategies, coalition building/development, prescription drug abuse, prevention advocacy, marijuana prevention education/legalization, mental health promotion, suicide prevention, prevention programs geared toward specific populations (youth, college, military, etc.) and impact on the workplace.

Youth Development Topics include, but are not limited to, evidence-based practices in working with youth, relationship between youth development and prevention, treatment and/or recovery, youth voice and choice, youth led campaigns, high-impact activities, creating youth friendly spaces, understanding the teen brain, and building effective relationships with youth.

Treatment Topics include, but are not limited to, abstinence based treatment, addiction counseling competencies, treatment addressing the need of specific populations (veterans, adolescents, collegiate, gender, LGBTQ, young adults), co-occurring disorders, ethics, evidence-based programs, strategies for family treatment, medication-assisted treatment, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, senior population and substance use, technology based therapeutic tools, trauma, clinical supervision.

Recovery Topics include, but are not limited to, recovery support services, role of peer based recovery support, forensic peer specialists, youth peer support, creating a culture of recovery, medication in support of recovery, recovery community organizations (funding and making the business case), science of addiction and recovery, creating the expectation of recovery, role of family and community in recovery, and addiction advocacy in local communities.

Wellness for Professional Topics include, but are not limited to, personal wellness for substance abuse counselors, doing our own work: a parallel process, impairment prevention, setting boundaries for self-care, identifying risk factors, life balance, self-checkup, finding renewal, cultivating habits of self-care, career-sustaining strategies, burnout, coping skills, stress management, practicing mindfulness, and wellness activities-cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual.

Final selection of proposals will be completed by September 30, 2017.  Selected presenters will be notified by email.  Those not selected will be advised.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the 2018 Alabama School of Alcohol and other Drug Studies, please click this link.