Our Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium aims to assist our target audience to:

Recognize emerging issues and trends in addiction psychiatry and be on the forefront of diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring mental disorders.

Participants should be able to:

  • Maintain expertise in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating SUD as they change.
  • Increase competency in using evidence based psychotherapies, medications, and other treatments and interventions.
  • Improve knowledge using didactic presentations, skill building workshops, and unique educational formats to support complex concepts in addiction psychiatry.
  • Increase expertise in recognizing and managing co-occurring psychiatric disorders and non-psychiatric health problems and the effect they have on each other.
  • Increase teaching skills to spread SUD knowledge among peers, colleagues, trainees, patients and the community about addiction psychiatry.

Provide support and education to addiction psychiatrists and clinicians treating patients with substance use disorders.

Participants should be able to:

  • Maintain expertise in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of all SUD and co-occurring mental disorders as they change throughout the lifespan.
  • Utilize and promote evidence-based approaches and current treatment guidelines. for biopsychosocial interventions to treat SUD and co-occurring mental disorders.
  • Network with peers and mentors to find support and guidance in the field of addiction psychiatry.
  • Develop and expand current educational curriculum in the field of addiction psychiatry.

Demonstrate the various evidence-based approaches, treatments, and settings applicable to the field (or practice) of addiction psychiatry for trainees.

Trainees should be able to:

  • Identify various career paths in addiction psychiatry available to them.
  • Increase their familiarity with career options and pathways by networking with leaders in addiction psychiatry.
  • Enhance their knowledge relevant to early careers in addiction psychiatry.

The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) strives to continue to meet these established educational goals:

  • Sustaining attendees evaluations and feedback describing the annual meeting as outstanding and worth attending.
  • Maintaining a high quality content that is evidence-based and clinically useful for attendees.
  • Continuing the efforts to find the balance between providing information/content and providing significant time for peer interaction – providing activities at different times so that attendees find meaningful activities at any time during the meeting.