2021 Pre-Conference Training Sessions

The NAADAC 2021 Annual Conference will feature three all-day pre-conference trainings on the three Fridays leading up to the 2021 Annual Conference, October 8, 15, and 22, 2021, from 11:00am to 6:00pm ET.

October 8  |  October 15  October 22

CEs: Earn 6 CEs each day!
Cost: Each full-day Pre-Conference Session is $50 for NAADAC members and $65 for non-members (Join today!)


October 8, 2021
11:00am - 6:00pm ET (10CT/9MT/8PT) - 6 CEs

Basics of Addiction Counseling: Theories, Practices, and Skills, presented by Don P. Osborn, PhD, LCAC, MAC

Critical Issues in the Black Community (A Three-Part Training)

October 15, 2021
11:00am - 6:00pm ET (10CT/9MT/8PT) - 6 CEs

Addiction, Mental Health, and Immigration: Adherence to Outpatient Treatment | Adicción, Salud mental, e Inmigración: Adhesión al Tratamiento Ambulatorio, presented by Pierluigi Mancini, PhD 

Nicotine Use Disorders and Effective Treatment (A Three-Part Training)

October 22, 2021
11:00am - 6:00pm ET (10CT/9MT/8PT) - 6 CEs

Clearing the Smoke: Cannabis Update for Addictions Professionals, presented by Aaron Norton, PhD, LMHC, LMFT, MCAP

The Criminal Justice System and Recovery (A Three-Part Training)


Friday, October 8, 2021

11:00am 6:00pm ET (10CT/9MT/8PT) Pre-conference sessions

Basics of Addiction Counseling: Theories, Practices, and Skills, presented by Don P. Osborn, PhD, LCAC, MAC

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This workshop is intended as both an introduction to the revised Module II of the Basics of Addiction Counseling: Desk Reference and a refresher on addiction counseling to assist those preparing to take the NCC AP credentialing tests. Presenter Don P. Osborn, PhD, LCAC, MAC, will discuss theoretically-based approaches to counseling, counseling practices, modalities, and skills, and considerations for special populations in addiction counseling. A case study will be presented and application of different theoretical models will be discussed. The interactive workshop will cover motivational interviewing, transtheoretical model of change, patient placement, co-occurring disorders, and mutual support groups.

Critical Issues in the Black Community, presented by Elliot Connie, MA, LPC, Pamela Hays, MFA, PhD, Angele Moss-Baker, LPC, LMFT, MAC, EAS-C, DCMHS-COD, Raven E. Freeborn, LCSW, CNP, O.T. Porter, PhD, LCDC, and Grady Anthony Austin

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Join prominent industry professionals as they continue the discussion on critical issues in the Black community relevant to treatment and recovery. In this six-hour pre-conference, Elliot Connie, MA, LPC, will present on Lessons From The Civil Rights Movement: How The Past Can Help Us Achieve Justice, Equality, and Sobriety Today; Pamela Hays, MFA, PhD, will provide multi-cultural considerations when using CBT in her presentation, CBT Outside the Box: Tips and Tools for Multicultural Practice; and lastly, a panel from NAADAC’s Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee will reflect on work done over the past year and discuss goals and plans for the coming year in Engagement in the Black Community: What’s Next?

This Pre-Conference Training is subdived into three separate sessions:

Lessons From The Civil Rights Movement: How The Past Can Help Us Achieve Justice, Equality, and Sobriety Today

Lessons From The Civil Rights Movement: How The Past Can Help Us Achieve Justice, Equality, and Sobriety Today, presented by Elliot Connie, MA, LPC

The American Civil Rights Movement is filled with remarkable lessons and inspirational figures that we should never forget. Driven by the idea that the lessons from the past could make a difference for us today, the presenter went on a journey across the American South to visit key locations from the struggle for equality in America. Starting at the site of the Black Wall Street Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma it was expected that to pick up a few lessons, but what occurred was life changing. She was able to interview people that were a part of this struggle and hear inspirational stories that do not appear in any history book. This lecture is designed to share these lessons and connect them to our current world.

CBT Outside the Box: Tips and Tools for Multicultural Practice

CBT Outside the Box: Tips and Tools for Multicultural Practice, presented by Pamela Hays, MFA, PhD

This workshop describes an approach to culturally-responsive therapy grounded in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), but flexible enough to incorporate cultural considerations and other therapeutic strategies. Using the intersectional ADDRESSING framework, the session will consider influences related to age and generational roles, disability, religion and spirituality, ethnic and racial identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, indigenous heritage, national origin, and gender, with attention to systems of privilege and oppression related to these influences. Attendees will learn how to help clients create a personal strengths inventory that incorporates culturally-based strengths and supports. Attendees will also gain several culturally-adapted cognitive and behavioral tools including compassion voice, attitude of gratitude, wise elder, and most generous interpretation technique.

Engagement in the Black Community: What’s Next?

Engagement in the Black Community: What’s Next?, presented by Angele Moss-Baker, LPC, LMFT, MAC, EAS-C, DCMHS-COD, Raven E. Freeborn, LCSW, CNP, O.T. Porter, PhD, LCDC, and Grady Anthony Austin

Created in July of 2020, NAADAC's Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee (CIBCC) provides a voice and platform for the Black community; identifies issues that are unique to and pervasive within the Black community; advocates and provides support for the various challenges that impact addiction, recovery, and mental health within the Black community; and provide professional advancement opportunities and mentorship for Black professionals specializing in addiction treatment. Join leaders from the CIBCC for as they reflect on work done and issues addressed in the past year as well as committee goals and plans for the coming year.


Friday, October 15, 2021

11:00am 6:00pm ET (10CT/9MT/8PT) Pre-conference sessions

Adicción, Salud Mental, e Inmigración: Adhesión al Tratamiento Ambulatorio (Addiction, Mental Health, and Immigration: Adherence to Outpatient Treatment), presented by Pierluigi Mancini, PhD 

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Immigration often implies social marginalization, scarce resources, lack of social supports, and ignorance of the resources and mechanisms existing in social and health matters in the host country. The problem of substance use disorder, addiction, and mental health disorders in immigrant populations constitute one of the main reasons for the need for counseling and prevalent morbidity of this group. There is polarization in the discussion of serving this population and tremendous barriers to access culturally and linguistically appropriate treatment. There are not enough studies on the use of addiction and mental health services by immigrants or on the availability of these services in Spanish or Portuguese. This workshop will address these issues and their implications towards behavioral health equity.

This training will be presented in Spanish. La inmigración suele implicar marginación social, escasez de recursos, falta de apoyos sociales y desconocimiento de los recursos y mecanismos existentes en materia social y de salud en el país de acogida. Los problemas de abuso de sustancias, adicciones y salud mental en la población inmigrante constituyen uno de los principales motivos de la necesidad de asesoramiento o consejería y la morbilidad prevalente de este grupo. Existe una polarización en la discusión sobre proveer servicios a esta población y tremendas barreras para acceder a un tratamiento cultural y lingüísticamente apropiado. No existen suficientes estudios sobre el uso de los servicios de adicción y salud mental por parte de inmigrantes o sobre la disponibilidad de estos servicios en español o portugués. Este taller abordará estos problemas y sus implicaciones para la equidad en la salud del comportamiento.

Nicotine Use Disorders and Effective Treatment, presented by Christine Sheffer, PhD, Frank Oden, NCTTP, NBC-HWC, and Carlo DiClemente, PhD, ABPP

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It is described by many in recovery as one of the hardest substances to “quit,” yet nicotine is often overlooked by treatment professionals. This six-hour pre-conference will focus on tobacco use disorder and effective treatments. Christine Sheffer, PhD, will start the session with her presentation on Translating Science into Practice: Effective Treatment for Tobacco Use; Frank Oden, NCTTP, NBC-HWC, will then discuss using mindfulness for nicotine treatment in The Mindful Nonsmoker – Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Tools for Nicotine Abstinence; and lastly, Carlo DiClemente, PhD, ABPP will close-out the session with his presentation on Breaking the Tobacco Habit in Behavioral Health (BH2).


This Pre-Conference Training is subdived into three separate sessions:

Translating Science into Practice: Effective Treatment for Tobacco Use

Translating Science into Practice: Effective Treatment for Tobacco Use, presented by Christine Sheffer, PhD

This workshop will provide a review of the evidence and the relevant tools for treating tobacco product use among individuals with substance use disorders and individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. The session will begin by discussing the significance of the problem of tobacco use among individuals who have a history of using other substances. It will continue with a discussion about the effective evidence-based treatments for tobacco use among individuals with a history of substance use disorders. The presenters will describe the intersectional factors that likely contribute to continued co-use of tobacco and other substances and the reasons why tobacco use continues into recovery. The session will end will an emphasis on the latest research on co-use of tobacco and cannabis; cannabis being the most widely used substance other than tobacco in the U.S. and the world. In conclusion, we will discuss treatment and policy implications, as well as implications for future research.

The Mindful Nonsmoker - Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention Tools for Nicotine Abstinence

The Mindful Nonsmoker - Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention Tools for Nicotine Abstinence, presented by Frank Oden, NCTTP, NBC-HWC

Nicotine users often report major concerns of physical withdrawal and intolerable cravings as their greatest obstacles to quitting. It is the fears of suffering and catastrophic expectations that most often prevent action and undermine efforts – far more than any literal physical discomfort produced by abstinence. As an adjunct or alternative to NRT, mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) offers a simple and reliable way to address and resolve projected fears, facilitate willingness to enter the action phase, and enhance successful maintenance. The method presented is a product of 16 years of clinical experience with over 5,000 cases involving evidence-based tobacco counseling combined with mindfulness techniques, positive psychology interventions, neurolinguistics, and hypnotherapy.

Breaking the Tobacco Habit in Behavioral Health (BH2)

Breaking the Tobacco Habit in Behavioral Health (BH2), presented by Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP

Smoking and nicotine addiction pose serious threats to health, wellbeing, and recovery among individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. Providers and treatment programs often minimally address nicotine addiction. This workshop will highlight the prevalence of smoking among behavioral health populations and identify myths about smoking cessation among behavioral health providers and smokers. The presenters will describe efforts to address these issues with the BH2 training program materials that discusses medication to assist in cessation and the challenges of motivation, behavior change, and successful cessation. The goal is to insure that behavioral health providers address nicotine addiction as part of recovery and to empower them to address smoking and nicotine addiction more effectively.


Friday, October 22, 2021

11:00am 6:00pm ET (10CT/9MT/8PT) Pre-conference sessions

Clearing the Smoke: Cannabis Update for Addictions Professionals, presented by Aaron Norton, PhD, LMHC, LMFT, MCAP

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Cannabis is now at least partially-legalized in all but eight of the 50 states, though it remains illegal under federal law. Cannabis use is a politicized issue; with a growing “Big Cannabis” industry on one hand and a treatment industry in which cannabis use disorders are the second most common diagnosis on the other, how are busy substance use disorder professionals who work “in the trenches” of the American healthcare system supposed to sort through the increasingly massive assortment of information on cannabis to develop a balanced perspective? This six-hour workshop presented by Aaron Norton, PhD, LMHC, LMFT, MCAP, was designed to equip addiction professionals with an objective, comprehensive, and updated overview of the latest information on recreational, problematic, disordered, and medicinal use of cannabis.

The Criminal Justice System and Recovery, presented by Anthony Andrews, PhD, LCMHC, LCAS, CRC, Myrinda Schweitzer Smith, PhD, and Thea Wessel, LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC

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While the exact rates of inmates with substance use disorders (SUD) are difficult to measure, some research shows that an estimated 65% percent of the United States prison population has an active SUD. Another 20% percent did not meet the official criteria for an SUD but were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of their crime (NIDA, 2020). Regardless of statistics, work in the field of SUD treatment and recovery often involves interaction with the criminal justice system and those who have a criminal record. Join us for a 6-hour session focused on the criminal justice system and recovery.  This session will look at Decriminalizing Addiction: Decreasing Recidivism Through Holistic Treatment presented by Anthony Andrews, PhD, LCMHC, LCAS, CRC; Research Driven Strategies for Justice Involved Individuals with Substance Use Needs with Myrinda "Mindy" Schweitzer Smith, PhD; and The Untold Story of Criminalization of Substances and the Impact to Today's User presented by Thea Wessel, LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC.

This Pre-Conference Training is subdived into three separate sessions:

Decriminalizing Addiction: Decreasing Recidivism Through Holistic Treatment

Decriminalizing Addiction: Decreasing Recidivism Through Holistic Treatment, presented by Anthony Andrews, PhD, LCMHC, LCAS, CRC

Substance use disorders are a known issue in the United States of America. However, many of our prisons are filled with individuals who require treatment, not punishment. Individuals leaving prison are finding their way back behind bars because their overall mental health is not considered the root of the issue. Practitioners must treat individuals from a holistic lens if we want to tackle this national crisis. This session will explore treatment methods that aim to reduce recidivism and identify culturally competent ones.

Research Driven Strategies for Justice Involved Individuals with Substance Use Needs

Research Driven Strategies for Justice Involved Individuals with Substance Use Needs, presented by Myrinda “Mindy” Schweitzer Smith, PhD

Translating research into practice is no small feat! This session will review the research on justice involved individuals with substance use needs. Focus will be placed on how to identify targets for change and effective intervention strategies. Specific steps to translate the principles of risk, need, and responsivity into practice will be shared with different real - world examples from the field. Participants will also have a chance to share how they are currently translating these principles into practice and ask questions.

The Untold Story of Criminalization of Substances and the Impact to Today's User

The Untold Story of Criminalization of Substances and the Impact to Today's User, presented by Thea Wessel, LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC

Socialization has a prominent role in beliefs regarding the good, bad, ugly, and dangerousness of substances, but the history of how we got here is often long forgotten. This presentation will focus on the history of criminalization and the lasting impact of punishing substance use disorders versus treating them. When the effect of history is recognized, decriminalization becomes a necessary tool to better support individuals with SUD, families of those who struggle, and their communities.