We cordially invite you to submit a proposal to present at the 2020 Northwest Regional Conference for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. The 2020 Northwest Regional Conference: Embracing the Future will be held in Seattle, Washington at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport from June 11-13, 2020.

Submissions: NAADAC members and non-members are invited to submit presentation proposals for 1.5, 3, and 6 hour sessions. NAADAC encourages addiction and co-occurring professionals from diverse organizations and disciplines to submit.

The submission deadline has now passed. Selected presenters will be notified.

Presentation Topics

NAADAC and its partners are calling for workshop proposals that offer unique educational experiences for addiction and other helping professionals. We are seeking current and relevant information within these five topics:

  1. Practice Management & Technology: Health Information Technology (HIT), Electronic Health Records (EHR), Certification/Licensure, Patient Retention, Billing/Insurance, Social Media, Teletherapy, Policy/Regulatory Issues, Insurance/Medicaid Reimbursement, Professional Development, and Ethical/Liability Issues.
  2. Co-Occurring Disorders: Integrated Treatment, DSM-5, Mental Health Disorders, Trauma Informed Care and ICD 10.
  3. Clinical Skills: Evidence-based Practices, Case Studies, Relapse Prevention, Treatment Planning, Screening & Assessment, Counseling Theories and Practice Methods, The ASAM Criteria, DSM-5, Substance Use Prevention and Promising Practices.
  4. Medication Assisted Treatment & Recovery: Medication for Opioid and/or alcohol medication assisted treatment and the role that it plays in conjunction with behavioral treatments such as CBT, DBT, and other methods.
  5. Clinical Supervision: Focus on clinical supervision theory, methods and practical approaches to implementation within the treatment setting.

Presenter Eligibility

To be considered, presenters must have professional qualifications in good standing with their professional regulatory board, if applicable, possess the technical expertise necessary to present on a subject effectively, and meet the following:

  • Have received specialized graduate or post-graduate level training in subject of presentation.

Benefits of Presenting

  • Presenters will receive a discount on conference registration.
  • Promotion of your name and credentials on our website and in all electronic and print marketing materials, where appropriate.
  • Recognition of your expertise by NAADAC and by other industry professionals.
  • Networking opportunities.

Travel Responsibility of Presenter

  • While presenters will receive a discount on conference registration, they are responsible for all other registration fees, and all travel, hotel, and board expenses. 
  • Please do not apply if you are unable to attend due to the financial responsibility.

Required Terminology

NAADAC requests that presenters refrain from using terminology that perpetuates the negative stigma surrounding those with substance use disorders or living in recovery:

  • Instead of "addict," please use "person with a substance use disorder."
  • Instead of "addicted to X," please use "has an X use disorder," "has a serious X use disorder," or "has a substance use disorder involving X" (if more than one substance is involved.)
  • Instead of "alcoholic," please use "person with an alcohol use disorder."
  • Instead of "drug/substance abuse," please use "substance use disorder."
  • Instead of "former addict," please use "person in recovery" or "person in long-term recovery."

Notification of Selection

All applicants will be notified of their selection or non-selection by email by March 16, 2020.

Selection Criteria

Application will only be considered if the following criteria are met:

  • All sections of the application are complete.
  • Presentation description is clearly written.
  • Learning objectives are clearly stated.
  • Session structure and organization are clearly defined.
  • Presentation is supported by evidence-based data from research or demonstrated results.
  • Presenters have sufficient experience and knowledge of the subject matter.
  • Presentation is not used to market products or services, and is free from commercial bias.