2017 Connection Agency Conference

Addictive Disorders: Innovative Approaches ♦ Reclaimed Lives — 2017 Connection Agency Conference to be held Monday and Tuesday, October 23 and 24 at Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT
The Connection has finalized the schedule for its 2017 annual conference on Addictive Disorders: Innovative Approaches ♦ Reclaimed Lives, to be held on Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24 on the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown.

The Keynote speaker for the conference is Kathleen F. Maurer, MD, MPH, MBA, Director of Health and Addiction Services and Medical Director of the Connecticut Department of Correction. Dr. Maurer was recently awarded the Coalition of Correctional Health Authorities national award for Leadership in Correctional Healthcare. She is board-certified in internal medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and addiction medicine.  Dr. Maurer earned the MD and MPH degrees from Yale University School of Medicine and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

The conference features multiple breakout sessions on topics regarding addictive disorders:

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment, by Marc Bono, PsyD, will explain the use of pharmacological medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies.
  • Virtual Addictions, David Greenfield, MD, Center for Internet Technology and Addiction
  • The Neurobiology of Addictions, Meg Chaplin, MD, will explore the science behind addiction and its effects on the nervous system.

Additional breakout sessions include:  Gambling Addictions, Eating Disorders, The Importance of Peer Supports in Addictions, Addictions Recovery Coaching, and Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. The conference will end each day with a talk and performance session entitled Holistic Approaches to Recovery led by Advocacy Unlimited and Toivo Executive Director Deron Drumm and colleagues.

The conference will be of interest to mental health professionals, community providers, community justice professionals, and anyone interested in the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders to create healthier individuals, families and communities. Conference offerings are comparable on each day; those interested in attending may register for either day.

This program has been approved for 7 Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal. 6.5 CEUs from the Connecticut Certification Board are also be available. Pre-Registration is required and the cost is $100 for one full day, with breakfast & lunch included. To register, please complete the below registration form and return to njutras@theconnectioninc.org by October 17, 2017. Please call Nanci Jutras, 860 343-5500 x1602 for assistance with registration.