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New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment

August 29 - September 1, 2016, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire 


The New England Institute of Addiction Studies is pleased to announce that the 24th Annual New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Studies will take place August 29 - September 1, 2016 in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.

This four-day event gives addiction professionals the opportunity to combine in-depth study of an area of special interest with the opportunity to learn in a wilderness setting. The program includes advanced clinical and administrative skilled-based treatment in best practices and evidence-based practices treatment approaches, as well as a current and emerging best opioid treatment practices, and clinical supervision training.

The highly popular program site, the Waterville Valley Resort & Conference Center, is nestled in a secluded area of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Valley offers indoor and outdoor swimming, tennis and racquetball courts, a nine-hole golf course, and hiking trails. Free time has been set aside so students can enjoy these facilities on designated evenings and afternoons.

Each year, the New England Institute welcomes new participants and previous participants. We invite you to join us in our 24th year of intensive and stimulating studies, networking, and relaxing in one of the most beautiful parts of New England!

Participants will choose from a wide variety of intensive, research-based courses listed below. Complete course descriptions will be posted shortly.

The program registration link will be posted shortly!


Waterville Valley Resort and Conference Center is located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. The resort has a variety of hiking trails, restaurants, cafes and specialty shops.

The Waterville Valley Resort offers the following fee-based recreational activities: access to the White Mountain Athletic Club, swimming, racquetball courts, spa, nine holes of midweek golf, unlimited tennis on 18 clay courts, boat use, rollerblade rental, and mountain bike rental. Participants can choose to purchase a package pass for these recreational activities in Waterville Valley, or "pay as you go” for individual activities.


Course work is available for established clinicians and prevention professionals, program managers, and clinician supervisors. Please note that participants attending advanced clinical course offerings should hold substance abuse treatment credentials or have worked in chemical dependency treatment for at least five years. Continuing education credits will be provided for this event for social workers, addiction counselors, professional counselors, mental health counselors, and other professions as requested.

Summer School Program Sponsors

For 47 years, NEIAS summer school programs have been a collaborative effort of the New England Institute and partners at the New England state drug and alcohol abuse agencies and training entities. Special thanks to this year's program sponsors for their outstanding assistance with planning, logistics and financial support:

State agency partners:

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

Training partners:


The four-day program is a combination of daily plenary events and intensive workshops totaling up to 32 contact hours.

SPECIAL THANKS to the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England at Brown University for their support in providing courses.


Tuition Costs:

  • $625- entire event
  • $475-Three days
  • $350 –Two Days
  • $200- One Day

Additional fees:

  • $50 Additional Fee for DOT SAT course (covers materials and consulting)


The tuition cost covers:
·  All educational activities;
·  Breakfast, lunches and breaks at the conference center during the program. Dinner is on your own.
·  Lodging is a separate fee.


Lodging Costs:
Lodging rates range from $75/night for a single bedroom in a shared condominium to a variety of traditional hotel rooms from $90 to $101.40/night, and family style one-bedroom hotel rooms with full kitchens range from $114.50/night to $168.95/night. Further details are provided later in this document if you wish to make a direct lodging reservation now.


Attendance at the total program, optional Sunday evening plenary, and evening plenaries totals 32 hours. Contact hours are available for addiction counselors, licensed mental health counselors, and social workers. Participants will select from a combination of one-, two-, or four-day courses in this year’s program. Most of this year’s courses are listed below. Click here to view complete course descriptions.

Track 1: Operational Management Certification Track (Management, Fiscal Management, and Human Resources Management)

·       1.M.T.W Effective Management and Fiscal Oversight (Monday – Wednesday)

·       1.Th Human Resource and Labor Laws

Track 2:  Collaboration with Primary Care

·     2.T Criminal Justice Populations, Health Care Reform and Behavioral Health Business Practices    (Tuesday)

·       2.W Opioid Treatment Program Health Homes: A collaborative model for development and implementation (Wednesday)

·       2.Th Connecting Medicine and Addiction Services (Thursday)

Tracks 3:  3.M.T.W.Th Clinical Supervision (Monday – Thursday; 30 hours are available)  

Track 4: 4.M.T. Clinical Supervision Foundations (Monday - Tuesday on site with pre-event and post-event online; meets 30 hours)

Track 5: Co-Occurring Disorders

·       5.M. Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction and Co-Occurring Disorders (Monday)

·       5.T Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction and Co-Occurring Disorders Part 2 (Tuesday)

·       5.W.Th Sensitization and Kindling in Co-Occurring Disorders (Wednesday – Thursday)

Track 6: Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices

·       6.M Criminal Justice - Risk Reduction Implementation: a systemic adoption of evidence-based practice (Monday)

·       6.T Buprenorphine Treatment with the Criminal Justice Population (Tuesday)

·       6.W.Th Evidence-based Criminogenic Risk Reduction Group Facilitation (Wednesday - Thursday)


Track 7 – Evidence-Based Practice Implementation – Motivational Interviewing:

·       7.M.T Motivational Interviewing (Monday – Tuesday)

·       7.W.Th Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency (MIA – STEP) (Wednesday – Thursday)

Track 8: Assessment, Treatment, and Recovery Planning

·       8.M DSM 5 Updates for Addiction Clinicians (Monday)

·       8.T Update on ASAM Criteria Revisions (Tuesday)

·       8.W Recovery Planning (Wednesday)

 Track 9: DOT Substance Abuse Professional Qualification or Requalification  

9.M.T Department of Transportation/Substance Abuse Professional Qualification or Requalification Training (Monday – Tuesday)

(IC & RC DOT/SAP Written Examination is available on site)

Track 10: Current and Emerging Issues

·       10.M Trauma Informed Supervision (Monday)

·       10.W Advanced Ethics (Wednesday)

·       10.Th Opioid Overdose Prevention (Thursday)

Track 11: Serving Families Affected by Substance Use

·       11.W Cultural Competence:  Addressing The Needs of Children With Criminal Justice Involved Parents (Wednesday)

·       11.Th Child Welfare and Families Affected by Substance Abuse - Assessment (Thursday)

Track 12 - National Institute on Drug Abuse Evidence-Based Practices – Blending Products

·       12.W National Institute on Drug Abuse Evidence-Based Blending Products: Treatment Planning: Translating Required Paperwork into Clinically Useful Information (Wednesday)

·       12.Th National Institute on Drug Abuse Evidence-Based Blending Products: Buprenorphine Update for the Addiction Clinician and Promoting the Use of Motivational Incentives (Thursday)

Professional certification will be available for addiction counselors and social workers.


LODGING IS A SEPARATE FEE FROM TUITION. Please note that all types of lodging are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.


Town Square Condominiums:


Town Square Condominium lodging is available ONLY for those participants arriving Sunday, August 24 and staying 4 nights. Town Square housing is shared housing with other Best Practices participants in a 3-bedroom, 2-bath condominium with kitchen and living room.


The cost for Town Square Housing is:

·  Single Bedroom ($75/night) in shared Condo


Those wishing to stay in the Town Square Condominiums should indicate this choice on their Best Practices School registration form.




A variety of lodging options are available for single, double, or family occupancy.


Participants who wish to stay in one of the following hotels should make direct reservations by calling the phone numbers or follow the links below to reserve rooms by July 24, 2015. Note that you are with the New England Institute of Addiction Studies group to get the group rates listed. Rates include taxes.

* Important note about Activities Passes: Activities Passes may be requested at the Silver Fox Inn or the Valley Inn. If you wish to reserve a room that includes, an activities pass your rate will be higher. Inquire at reservation time.)


Traditional hotel rooms:


* Silver Fox Inn ($94.01 - $105.86/night) (603) 236-3699


* Valley Inn ($94.01 - $105.86/night): (603) 236-8425 or (800) 343-0969


Snowy Owl Inn ($98.10/night): (603) 236-8383 or (800) 766-9969


Hotels with condominium efficiency units with full kitchens:


Black Bear Lodge ($124.26 - $146.06): (603) 236-4501 or (800) 349-BEAR (2327)


Golden Eagle Lodge ($118.81 - $174.40): (603) 236-4600 or (888) 703-2453


All hotels are within walking distance of the conference center, or ample parking is available for those wishing to drive. Additional details about the various lodging facilities can be found by using the links to their web sites.



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