• Morning Workshop
    April 9, 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

By Karen Carnabucci, MSS, LCSW, ACSW, TEP. More details to come.


  • Day 1
    March 28, 2019
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2
    March 29, 2019
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The 26th Annual Conference will enable participants to promote better outcomes for women and children exposed to High Risk Pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, Substance Use Disorder, Co-Occurring Disorders, incarceration, Opioid Use Disorder, other emerging drug trends and healthcare related issues.


  • Morning Workshop
    February 12, 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This training begins with a review of biological differences between men and women as well as how societal expectations and norms impact male development. The training will then move into a clinical focus on gender specific addiction treatment barriers and common treatment themes.


  • Evening Event
    January 24, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a stacked panel event where students, families, employers and professionals can ask any questions about substance abuse and treatment with our credentialed staff.


  • Morning Workshop
    January 8, 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This training by Maricelle Sheldon, MBA, CADC, CPG is for clinicians, educators, and other professionals who have contact with family members who need support with their substance-using loved ones.

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