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Best Practices 2015 Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville Valley, NH
August 24th - 27th (Monday - Thursday)


Below, you will find a summary of information regarding our upcoming Best Practices. Please keep in mind, this information is not complete and is only preliminary. Please continue to check back on our website for more information as it becomes available.


Program Information

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 this year for 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. 

Online Registration

Those wishing to register now may click here to register online


Complete course descriptions will be available shortly. 

Designed with the seasonal behavioral health professional in mind, this event offers training on evidence-based and promising approaches specific to addressing addiction. The courses offered are intended to appeal to a wide array of professionals working in diverse settings. In addition to clinical and clinical supervision topics, course offerings this year will again address macro area of addiction and behavioral practice such as fiscal oversight and developing effective management skills. 

Courses will include:

Operational Management Certificate:

· Effective Management and Fiscal Oversight

· Human Resources and Labor Laws

Evidence – Based Practices:

· Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

· Integrated Change Therapy: Brief Treatment for Adults with Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders

Assessment and Treatment Planning:

· DSM 5 for Addiction Clinicians

· ASAM Criteria Update

Integrating Treatment with Primary Care:

· Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health Program Assessment

· Opioid Treatment Program Health Homes: A collaborative model for development and implementation

Clinical Strategies in Integrated Behavioral Health Treatment:

· Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction and Co-Occurring Disorders

· Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction and Co-Occurring Disorders Part 2

· Trauma Informed Services

Clinical Supervision:

· Clinical Supervision Recertification

· Clinical Supervision Foundations (30-hours with Pre-Event and Post-Event Online coursework)

Implementation of Evidence - Based Practices:

· Medication Assisted Treatment Overview

· Competencies for Addiction Professionals working with Criminal Justice Population

· Treatment Planning (MATRS) for Criminal Justice MATRS

· Evidence-based Criminogenic Risk Reduction Group Facilitation

Working toward Specialty Certifications:

· Department of Transportation SAP Qualification/ Requalification

· Basic Skills for Working with Smokers - Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training and Certification Program Prerequisite


· All about Women and Addiction: Motherhood, Babies, Drugs, and Jailed

· Lifetime Impact: Children with Criminal Justice Involved Parents

· Family Regeneration Networking

Topics to Support Clinical Efforts:

· Advanced Ethics

· Neurobiology of Addiction

Training of Trainers

Course descriptions will be posted soon!

Program Format

The four-day program is a combination of daily plenary events and intensive workshops totaling up to 30 contact hours.

SPECIAL THANKS to the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center at Brown University for their support with many courses.

Professional Certification

The New England Institute of Addiction Studies, Inc. is an Approved NAADAC Education Provider. The New England Institute is a recognized Sponsor of Continuing Education Activities by the Maine State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Through co-sponsorship with the New Hampshire Training Institute on Addictive Disorders this program is pre-approved by the New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol & Other Drug Use Professionals. 

Application is being made for approval for social workers and licensed mental health counselors.

Best Practices School Program Sponsors

For 46 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

Tuition Costs:

  • $625 - Full Four Days 
  • $475 - Three Days
  • $350 - Two Days
  • $200 - One Day

Additional fees:

  • $50 Additional Fee for DOT SAP course (covers materials and consulting)
  • Those wishing to take the DOT SAP exam on site will pay exam costs directly.


The tuition cost covers:
·  All educational activities and contact hours;
·  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 $80/night for a single bedroom in a shared condominium to a variety of traditional hotel rooms from $94.01 to $105.86/night, and family style one-bedroom hotel rooms with full kitchens range from $118.81/night to $146.06/night. Further details are provided later in this document if you wish to make a direct lodging reservation now. 


Lodging Information

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 23 and staying 4 nights, departing on Thursday.
. 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 ($80/night) in a shared Condominium


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 23, 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 Amenities/Activity 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 at the rate below. Inquire at reservation time.) 


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.


Traditional hotel rooms:


* Silver Fox Inn (603) 236-3699

  • $94.01/night or 
  • $105.86/night with Amenities/Activity Pass 

* Valley Inn (603) 236-8425 or (800) 343-0969

  • $94.01/night or
  • $105.86/night with Amenities/Activity Pass 


Snowy Owl Inn (603) 236-8383 or (800) 766-9969

  • $98.10/night


Hotels with condominium efficiency units with full kitchens:


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