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Pre-Conference - Tuesday, September 4th

9:00 – 5:00 pm

Track 1: Think:Kids - J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital


Dr. Stuart Ablon will provide a conceptualization of behaviorally challenging kids; namely that children often lack skill, not will – skills in areas like domains of flexibility, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving. The Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), is a model that has helped adults teach these lagging cognitive skills while reducing the frequency and intensity of challenging behavior in diverse settings, including families, schools, group homes, and inpatient and juvenile detention facilities.


Track 2: Ethics - Dr. Louise Stranger Ed.D, LCSW, CIP, CDWF

Please note: updated administrative rules for Licensed Addiction Counselors require 6 hours of ethics and 3 hours of clinical supervision every two years. 


Recovery Reinvented - Wednesday, September 5th

8:00 – 5:00 pm

Recovery Reinvented will be held at the Fargo Civic Center. Learn more and register here!


Behavioral Health Conference Day 1 - Thursday, September 6th

8:00 – 5:00 pm



  • Recovery support services – Dr. Drew Pinsky
  • Drug user health and syringe service programs – Laura Pegram, MSW, MPH, NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors)
  • Value-based payment systems – National Council for Behavioral Health
  • LGTBQ+ and behavioral health – Beck Gee-Cohen, MA LADC
  • Motivational interviewing for non-clinicians – Dr. Dan Cramer, South Central Human Service Center
  • Lessons learned from marijuana legalization – Luke Niforatos; SAM Action

OTHER SESSIONS INCLUDE: overview of the state of behavioral health in North Dakota, community recovery support services, mobile outreach program, trauma and eating disorders, approaches to SUD treatment among perinatal women, and substance abuse prevention.

Behavioral Health Conference Day 2 - Friday, September 7th

8:00 – 4:00 pm


  • Wellbriety – Carlos Rivera, White Bison Inc.
  • Harm reduction – Detective Sergeant Ronald Martin, Harm Reduction Policing Consultant
  • Effective peer support – Patrick Roff MA, LCADC, CPRS, Director of Peer Recovery Services Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES)
  • Evidence-based substance abuse prevention - Rodney Wambeam, PhD., Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center
  • Discussion on the impact of addiction and recovery on families – Adam Martin and Kristy Johnson, F5 Project

OTHER SESSIONS INCLUDE: mindfulness and meditation, pain management without medication, substance abuse and trauma, and continued focus on LGBTQ+ and behavioral health.