Northern Wisconsin Substance Abuse Conference | Northcentral Technical College

Northern Wisconsin Substance Abuse Conference

Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Northcentral Technical College - Center for Health Sciences - Room 1004
The Northern 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.
This year’s conference is co-sponsored by Recovery & Addiction Professionals of WI- WI Affiliate of NAADAC and Northcentral Technical College.  Dekorra Oaks is excited to have these partners for this conference to support ongoing growth within the substance abuse counseling and human services field to enhance recovery services for residents of northern Wisconsin.  Our topics and presenters bring an exceptional level of expertise and diversity to our conference this year and we are very excited to have the opportunity to share this with our attendees!
Topics:  Clinical Supervision, Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), Wellness and Exercise effects on Behavioral Health, Ethics, and “Why Gangs?”
Presenters: Mark Sanders, Harold Gates, Aaron Perry, Nick Yackovich, and Maurice Horton
Registration: Link is at the bottom of the page or click here

Full 2 day schedule
Thursday, April 28th
Option A
Leadership 2.0: An Advanced Workshop for Supervisors in the Addiction Field
Mark Sanders- 6 contact hours
In this workshop you will learn strategies that will help you take your leadership skills to the next level. A partial list of topics includes: 10 things that Great Leaders Do; Evaluating Your Effectiveness as a Leader from Appointments to Transcendence; How to Hire and Retain Talented Addictions Professionals; 10 Strategies for Increasing Morale in Addictions Settings; The Supervisor as Team Builder; and The Role of the Leader in Helping Addictions Counselors Implement Evidence-based Practices. 
Option B 
A.M: Cultural Competence within Substance Abuse Counseling
Harold Gates- 3 contact hours
Everyone has a specific cultural perspective and being, This workshop will address how to understand culture & how it affects us in all spheres of life. It will discuss the dimensions of diversity. Allow participants to explore your cultural values and beliefs and challenge yourself. Substance abuse affects people of all backgrounds; thus in order to provide client specific individualized treatment services it is imperative to be able to understand a person's cultural as well as your own to provide quality services.
P.M- Physical Activity/Exercise and Its influence on Behavioral Health
Aaron Perry-3 contact hours
Exercise has been shown to be beneficial in so many areas of physical and mental health. Furthermore, It is well documented that exercise is an important part of preventing chronic diseases (e.g., obesity, diabetes, cancer).  But can exercise programs actually reduce the likelihood of drug abuse and thus prevent addiction? Although this particular session doesn’t claim to have the answer, we do believe the evidenced based research merits, the beginning of this dialog.

Friday, April 29th
Option A
Ethics and the Challenging Substance Abuse Client 
Nicholas Yackovich - 6 total contact hours (4 hours ethics, 2 hours substance abuse general) 
This presentation will engage participants in a deep exploration of ethical dilemmas professionals face in the treatment of substance use disorders.  During this training, attendees will be able to:
  • Formulate a logical model of examining ethical dilemmas.
  • Conceptualize options for resolving ethical dilemmas.
  • Apply skills of ethical examination and conceptualization to a variety of case scenarios.
  • Explore their own biases and hurdles to objective clinical decision making.
  • Identify variables that make clinical interventions with clients displaying personality disorder traits difficult.
  • Develop new or modify existing clinical techniques as they apply to challenging client situations.
Option B
Identifying and Understanding Dangerous Trends in Urban and Rural Communities
Maurice Horton - 6 contact hours
This presentation is designed to explore potential dangers and dispel the myths surrounding gang related trends in urban and rural communities. Topics to be discussed will include gang recruitment, clothing, signs, myths, and stereotypes. This workshop will also examine the contributions of underground and hip-hop music to the malevolent philosophy of gangs and its perpetuation of violent behavior within the culture.

2016 Speaker Lineup


$100 single day | $150 both days

CEU Information

Each day has 6 contact hours / CEU

Location Information

Northcentral Technical College - Center for Health Sciences - Room 1004 1000 W Campus Drive