NAADAC's first virtual conference, the NAADAC 2020 Annual Conference: Learn, Connect, Succeed, hosted on our virtual conference platform from September 24 - 26, 2020, was a huge success!
Over 1,300 attendees from all 50 states and 13 countries and 35 virtual exhibitors participated in this year's Annual Conference. Attendees included NAADAC members, addiction professionals from all around the world, nationally recognized speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors. The three-day event included daily plenary sessions with keynote speakers, 20 interactive breakout sessions, and special events. Attendees received up-to-date information from the top industry experts on the latest trends, evidence-based best practices, and critical issues that impact addiction professionals in today's world, such as trauma-informed care, cultural humility and social responsibility, telecounseling, and more. Attendees also networked with fellow addiction professionals, speakers, and exhibitors through virtual discussion boards, breakout rooms, and training session chats. Most importantly, attendees were able to revitalize, engage, and have fun!
This year's conference offered a variety of special events, each offering a unique way to engage with fellow addiction professionals in a learn-at-home environment. These special events included a live Q&A with NAADAC and National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) leadership where attendees asked questions about NAADAC, testing, credentialing, and the addiction profession; an interactive virtual town hall with leading experts answering questions on trauma-related issues in our current climate; and a virtual exhibit hall where attendees networked with exhibitors and sponsors and had the opportunity to win great prizes like a complimentary NAADAC 2021 conference registration.
This year’s conference also featured trainings in five subject tracks that are particularly relevant and important to addiction professionals practicing in today’s world: cultural humility & social responsibility, advanced addiction treatment skills, peer recovery support, telecounseling and other uses of technology, and trauma-related care.
NAADAC would like to extend its warm gratitude to our impressive lineup of featured speakers, Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP, Miguel E. Gallardo, PsyD, Malcolm Horn, PhD, LCSW, MAC, SAP, Marlene M. Maheu, PhD, Lisa Najavits, PhD, Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, Janice E. Stevenson, PhD, Phil Valentine, RCP, NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, NAADAC President Diane Sevening, EdD, LAC, MAC, NAADAC President-Elect Mita Johnson, EdD, LPC, MAC, SAP, CTHP II, NCC AP Chair James "Kansas" Cafferty, LMFT, NCAAC, MAC, and NAADAC Director of Training and Professional Development Samson Teklemariam, MA, LPC, CPTM for their contributions to the event.
Attendees and exhibitors enjoyed networking and connecting in the virtual exhibit hall. Exhibitors included representatives from recovery houses, telehealth organizations, universities, national and federal organizations, hospitals, and more! We want to thank all of our wonderful exhibitors for coming and networking with our attendees. A complete list of our exhibitors can be found on the NAADAC website at naadac.org/ac20-exhibit-sponsor-or-advertise.
NAADAC would also like to thank our sponsors for their generous support. Thank you to our gold sponsor, the Joint Commission, our silver sponsor, Cumberland Heights, our bronze sponsors, Deerhaven Gardens, the National Hispanic & Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, Optum, and the Rollins College Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and our sponsors, Adaptive Telehealth, Alkermes, High Watch Recovery Center, Impexium, the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), Serenity Lane, Smart Recovery, and Soberlink.
NAADAC would like to especially thank all of the attendees who made our first virtual conference an amazing experience. The community, connection, and camaraderie felt by all who attended made this year our best conference yet!