We cordially invite you to submit a proposal to present at the 2021 Annual Conference for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. The NAADAC 2021 Annual Conference will take place virtually on October 28-30, 2021. 

Submissions: NAADAC members and non-members are invited to submit presentation proposals for 1.5 hour breakout sessions (modified to 1 hour if virtual). NAADAC encourages experienced trainers, young investigators, researchers, and addiction and co-occurring professionals from diverse organizations and disciplines to submit.

The submission deadline has now passed. Selected presenters have been 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 nine topic areas:

  1. Practice Management, Administration/Operation & Technology: Digital Literacy for the Addiction Professional, Health Information Technology (HIT), Electronic Health Records (EHR), Clinical Supervision, General Program Operations, Patient Retention, Social Media, Teletherapy, Policy/Regulatory Issues, Insurance/Medicaid Reimbursement, Professional Development, Leadership Development, and Ethics.
  2. Co-Occurring Disorders: Integrated Treatment, DSM-5, Mental Health Disorders, ADHD & SUD, Depressive Disorders & SUD, Anxiety-Related Disorders & SUD, Eating Disorders & SUD, Trauma-Related Disorders or Trauma Informed Care, and ICD 10.
  3. Psychopharmacology, Medication-Assisted Treatment, Pharmacotherapy, or Advanced SUD-Specific Treatment: Neurobiology/Neuroscience of Addiction, Research to Practice Initiatives and Models, and MAT or Specialized Treatment for Opioids, Alcohol, Marijuana, Sedatives, Stimulants, Synthetic Drugs, and Tobacco/Nicotine.
  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: Cultural Humility Practices, Social Responsibility, Addiction-Specific Issues Involving LGBTQ, Racial/Ethnic Groups, Gender, Spirituality, Low-Income/Homeless, Criminal Justice/Corrections-Involved, and Veterans/Military.
  6. Process Addictions: Gambling Addiction, Sexual Addiction, Internet Addiction, Screen Addiction, & Food Addiction.
  7. Recovery Support (Clinical): Community Navigation, Individual & Community Capital, Family Support, Integrating Wellness Practices into Treatment, & 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. 
  9. Peer Recovery (Non-Clinical): Relationship-based roles of peers, peer support through a trauma-informed lens, techniques for increasing self-awareness, self-care, and sustaining empathy and connection in peer support.

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 one or more of the following:

  • Be a faculty member of a college or university;
  • Have received specialized graduate or post-graduate level training in subject of presentation; and/or
  • Have extensive experience including at least five years of practical application or research involving subject of presentation.

Benefits of Presenting

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

Financial Responsibility of Presenter(s)

  • While up to two co-presenters per presentation will receive a discount on conference registration equal to one day of attendance, presenters 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 12, 2021.

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.