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Best Practices
Best Practices 2018 August 27 - August 30, 2018
Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville Valley, NH

26th Annual New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment 


This page provides some general information regarding our upcoming Best Practices School. 

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, clinical supervision and management training.

Click here to register online today!

Participants will choose from a wide variety of intensive, research-based courses.

Click here to view the course lists and descriptions.

Some courses planned for this year include:

  • Clinical Supervision Foundations
  • Advanced Ethics
  • Crisis Response: Neurobiology, Medical Consequences & Treatment of Alcohol Overdose and Severe Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing
  • Best Practices Up-Date on Bio-Psycho-Social Treatment of Opioid Dependence
  • Understanding and Responding to Problem Gambling Across the Continuum of Care
  • Applying Evidence-Informed Compassion Fatigue Techniques
  • The Impact of Social Media on Socialization, Self-Image, and Self Harm
  • The Era of Legalized Cannabis
  • Counseling Patients with Chronic Pain 
  • When The Titanic Meets Iceberg: Addressing the Trauma Beneath Addiction
  • 22 Strategies for Engaging the Most Difficult To Reach Clients With Substance Use Disorders
  • Relapse Prevention: An Advanced Practical Training
  • Pain and Stress in Co-occurring Disorders
  • Integrated Treatment for Co-ccurring Disorders
  • Clinical Supervision Recertification: Clinical Supervisor Ethics for Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Supervisor
  • Clinical Supervision Recertification: Competency Based Clinical Supervision
  • Management and Operations
  • And additional clinical coursework for established counselors.

Partial State Scholarship Assistance

Most New England state agencies provide some partial scholarship assistance to support some selected attendees. Application must be made to your state agency for schoalrship assistance. In addition, this year there is a new David J. Powell Clinical Supervision partial scholarship application for New England participants who are taking Clinical Supervision courses at the Best Practices School.  Click here to apply today, or look for the "Scholarship" link under the "Best Practices" menu on this website.


Designed with the seasoned 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.

This year's program will include clinical supervision foundation and clinical supervision recertification coursework, ethics, the management certification track, and much more.

Program Format

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

SPECIAL THANKS to the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center at Brown University for their support for the Best Practices School program..

Best Practices School Program Sponsors

For 49 years, New England Institute summer school programs have been a collaborative effort of the New England Institute and partners at the New England state substance use disorder 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

  • 4-Day: $645 (entire event)
  • 3-Day: $490
  • 2-Day: $365
  • 1-Day: $220

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; see below for lodging rates.

Additional fees:

  • ONLY for DOT SAP course: $50 Additional Fee ONLY for DOT SAP course (covers materials and consulting)

Lodging Costs


Lodging rates range from $85/night for a single bedroom in a shared condominium to a variety of traditional hotel rooms from $95 to $108.08/night, and family style one-bedroom efficiency hotel rooms with full kitchens range from $124.26/night to $146.06/night. 


Click on our lodging page for further details on lodging options and reservations.


LODGING IS A SEPARATE FEE FROM TUITION. Please note that all types of lodging are limited.

We hope to see you in August for some great learning and rejuvenation in one of New England's most beautiful areas!




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