Northern WI Annual Substance Abuse Conference | Northcentral Technical College

Northern WI Annual Substance Abuse Conference

Thursday and Friday April 26-27, 2018 Northcentral Technical College

The Northern WI Substance Abuse conference is dedicated to bringing quality speakers who support evidence-based practices as well as culturally specific perspectives to provide ongoing education to substance abuse counselors and human services professionals. The goal is to increase the skill and knowledge of the providers in the communities within the Northern Region of Wisconsin.

Thursday, April 26 2018  8:00am-4:00pm

Registration and Breakfast: 7:30am - 8:00am
Morning Session - Cultural Competence and Substance Use Disorder
Speaker: Harold Gates
This workshop will address culture and how it affects us in all areas of life. We will look at the dimensions of diversity, allow participants to explore their cultural values and beliefs, and challenge themselves.  Individuals from all cultures are impacted by crises; thus in order to provide client specific substance abuse services, it is imperative to be able to understand a person's culture as well as your own in order to provide quality services. 
At the end of this session, participants will:
  • Be able to define cultural competence and how it relates to your professional self.
  • Be able to demonstrate how cultural competence and cultural humility are reflected in your services. 
  • Be able to assess cultural competence as it relates to your services and your professional skills.
  • Be able to move forward with an action plan specific to your substance abuse services to increase cultural competence.
Afternoon Session - Engaging Men and Masculinity to Support their Health and Recovery; Reaching them where they are at.
Speaker: Aaron Perry
This workhop will focus on engaging men and how their masculinity can be supported to engage in recovery and hope for healthy lifestyle changes. By using the SAMHSA principles of recovery as base for addressing men and helping to facilitate change to move forward with their recovery for themselves and support recovery within their community. Discussion will focus on where and how to best reach this population.
At the end of this session, participants will:
  • Learn how this unique setting works with the SAMHSA Principles of Care.
  • Learn how to engage this often forgotten population of men.
  • Learn how to continue to engage this population to receive the referral, treatment, and prevention information they need to support recovery within their communities.

Friday April 27 2018 8:00am-4:00pm

Registration and Breakfast: 7:30am-8:00am
Advance Clinical Supervision for Substance Abuse Services
Speaker:  Kenneth Osborne 
This workshop explores the necessity of clinical supervision in monitoring, evaluating and promoting clinical competence, ensure fidelity to evidence practices and to increase treatment efficacy and cost effectiveness. Because substance use disorders are increasingly more complex as drug patterns change and often accompanied by co-occurring disorders, these complex treatment issues call for more sophisticated clinicians.  Substance abuse treatment organization historically have focused their efforts on providing direct care services, but have not provided equal attention or support for Clinical supervision.
At the end of this session, participants will: 
  • Review the history of Clinical Supervision with regards to classical trained versus recovering clinicians.
  • Discuss the various types of clinical supervision models.
  • Examine the type of supervisory knowledge and skill sets required to clinical supervise others.
  • Discuss organizational environmental changes that are necessary to support clinical supervision.
Speaker Information: 
Harold Gates                                        Aaron Perry                             Kenneth Osborne
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$150 for both days. $100 for single day. Breakfast included.

CEU Information

6 CEUs per day

Location Information

Northcentral Technical College 1000 W Campus Dr, Wausau WI