NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals invites you to submit a proposal to present a poster at its 2018 Annual Conference: Shoot For The Stars in Houston, TX.  NAADAC members and non-members are invited to submit poster presentation proposals for display at the 2018 Annual Conference. NAADAC encourages young investigators, researchers, and addiction professionals from diverse organizations and fields to submit.

Posters will be on display during Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th with presentations taking place on October 6th.

The submission deadline has passed.  

Chosen presenters will be notified of their selection by email by August 1, 2018. Due to the overwhelming response this year, the notification date has been extended from the original date of July 15.  Thank you for your patience.  


Presentation Tracks & Topics

Presentation Tracks & Topics: NAADAC and its partners are calling for Poster Presentation proposals that offer unique educational experiences for addiction focused professionals. We are seeking current and relevant information within these nine tracks:

  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, and Ethical, Legal, and Liability Issues\.
  2. Co-Occurring Disorders: Integrated Treatment, DSM-5, Mental Health Disorders, Trauma Informed Care, and ICD 10.
  3. Psychopharmacology: Neurobiology of Addiction, Pharmacotherapy/Medication-Assisted Treatment, Opioids, Alcohol, Marijuana, Sedatives, Stimulants, Synthetic Drugs, Tobacco/Nicotine, and Designer Drugs.
  4. Clinical Skills: Evidence-based Practices, Case Studies, Relapse Prevention, Treatment Planning, Screening & Assessment, Counseling Theories and Practice Methods, The ASAM Criteria, Substance Use Prevention, and Promising Practices.
  5. Cultural Humility: Introduction to Cultural Humility, Addiction-Specific Issues Involving LGBTQ, Racial/Ethnic Groups, Gender, Spirituality, Low-Income/Homeless, and Veterans/Military.
  6. Process Addictions: Gambling Addiction, Sexual Addiction, Internet Addiction, Screen Addiction, and Eating Disorders.
  7. Recovery Support: Community Navigation, Individual & Community Capital, Family Support, and Treatment Coordination. 
  8. Education/INCASE: Presentations with a post-secondary educational focus, designed for an audience of college level faculty who are seeking to enhance the quality of training and education in addiction studies, to disseminate professional knowledge and share ideas regarding addiction studies, students and scholarship in the field of addiction studies with a creative evidence-based focus. The topics can be as broad as national policy level discussions, and as narrow as creative improvement of a single course--originality is key to acceptance.  
  9. Peer Recovery *NEW*: Relationship-based roles of peers, peer support through a culturally-responsive lens, peer support through a trauma-informed lens, techniques for increasing self-awareness, self-care, and sustaining empathy and connection in peer support roles, and methods for incorporating organizational wellness strategies to create a holistic work environment.  

Presenter Eligibility

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

Benefits of Presenting

  • Up to two Poster Presenters per poster will receive a $50 discount on the conference registration fee. 
  • Promotion of Poster Presenters' names and credentials on NAADAC's website, and names, credentials, and short biographies in the 2018 Annual Conference app and program.
  • Recognition of Poster Presenters' expertise by NAADAC and by other industry professionals
  • Networking opportunities.

Suggested 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," try "person with a substance use disorder"
  • Instead of "addicted to X," try "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," try "person with an alcohol use disorder"
  • Instead of "drug/substance abuse," try "substance use disorder"
  • Instead of "former addict," try "person in recovery" or "person in long-term recovery"

Selection Criteria

Applications will be selected according to the following criteria:

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

Scoring Criteria

The Conference Committee will rank each presentation out of ten points: three points for topic relevance; three points for a compelling description and use of evidence-based practices; three points for unique approach to/or delivery; and one point for being a current NAADAC member.