5/2/2016: Jim was the Keynote Speaker on Integration of Whole Health: Janice presented a workshop on putting the Transtheoretical Model into practice with patients.

The Annual School is the oldest behavioral health conference in the state of Alaska. Over the past four decades it has continued to evolve in order to effectively meet the training needs of behavioral health professionals statewide .This year the focus has been expanded to include primary care providers in recognition of the national trend for full integration of services. The list of dedicated people responsible for planning and assisting with this year’s Annual School also has been expanded to include primary care providers. In an age of online and e-distance learning this venerable conference allows us to network face-to-face with fellow professionals and colleagues.

The Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training (RADACT) program is pleased to announce the 42nd Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health: “Continuum Integration of Whole Health.” Join us May 2 – 4, 2016 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel to explore the connection between primary care and the field of addictions and behavioral health.
The 2016 Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health will bring together more than 450 professionals committed to the addictions, corrections, primary care, and the behavioral health fields. Attendees will include counselors, social workers, educators, case workers, mental health clinicians, psychologists, primary care providers, and volunteers from various organizations such as women’s programs, domestic violence programs, youth programs, substance use disorder programs, mental health and co-occurring disorders programs and the corrections/criminal justice system. This year’s theme captures the emerging spirit of partnership, collaboration and integration between the behavioral health field and primary care providers.
This year’s conference will categorize all its workshops according to Entry level, Intermediate level and Advanced level of training. Instructors will be challenged to design their presentation to meet the specific needs of these different levels of professionals. Also, to give participants greater opportunity to attend multiple workshops, all workshops will be limited to 1.5 hours or 3 hours. Workshops that need to be longer can be broken up into independent 1.5 hour or 3 hour workshops. Workshop focus will also need to be identified as being suitable for primary care providers, behavioral health providers, or both.