Greetings and Happy New Year!
I am writing on behalf of the AATOD Workshop Committee to share some exciting news about the 2018 AATOD Conference, which will be held in in the heart of Times Square at the New York Marriott Marquis from March 10-14, 2018.
True to the conference theme, Advancing & Integrating Specialized Addiction Treatment and Recovery, we have scheduled a rich, interdisciplinary learning experience built from and expanding upon previous conferences to advance the work of our field addressing opioid use disorder. You can expect nothing less than the most cutting-edge information at the conference and top-notch presenters.
Workshops include some of the most common issues that we are facing within Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) such as co-management of pain, overdose prevention and management, prescribing practices with special populations, building and strengthening partnerships, and public policy. We will address specific target populations such as pregnant women and mothers, incarcerated individuals, veterans, and those with co-occurring psychiatric disorders. We will have workshops on critical issues facing patients such as access to recovery housing, employment support services, grief and loss, reducing harm from sex work, and the impact of legal cannabis on the OTPs. We also have a strong criminal justice content to include issues around expansion and the provision of medications in jails and prisons, drug courts, and the intersection of treatment and probation. In addition to enhancing retention, improving cultural competence and using feedback informed treatment to build better alliances is also included in this year’s conference.
Our Foundations of Medication for Opioid Use Disorder tracks include five main workshops that we feel will give early career staff and friends of the field the primary knowledge base necessary to understand and work with opioid use disorder. We encourage you to register and to send your newest colleagues to the conference to prepare them with this vital information.
The Hot Topic Roundtables this year will surely stimulate participant discussion and debate and subsequent innovative ideas to take back home to our respective areas of work and our clinics nationwide. These include elderly patient care, medical maintenance, integrated care in the OTP, peer services, and stigma.
I invite you to take a look at our registration brochure to see more details about the outstanding and interesting content for the 2018 Conference in New York City!
We hope to see you in the Big Apple!
Kellie Rollins, PsyD
2018 AATOD Workshop Committee Chair