Binghamton University, Broome Community College to host addiction treatment conference


The School of Education and Human Development at Binghamton University and the Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Division of Academic Affairs of Broome Community College, will host the “Treating Addictions in Special Populations: Research Confronts Reality” conference on October 7 and 8 in the Binghamton Regency Conference Center, located at 1 Sarbro Square in Binghamton, New York.

The conference will bring together researchers, educators, policy-makers and service-providers to address issues that have emerged for individuals of special populations affected by substance-related disorders and addictions. Over 225 participants from across the world are expected to attend coming from as far afield as Denmark and the United Kingdom.

The focus of the conference is to bring research findings into practice and identify successful treatment programs. Treatment models presented will specifically target special populations and their distinct needs, as opposed to the current trend in which treatment delivery is driven by the reimbursement system.

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, October 7, with a keynote address by Gary Lawson, professor of clinical psychology and family studies at Alliant International University. Lawson will provide a framework of treating addictions in special populations by focusing on assessment guidelines.

Morning workshop sessions are scheduled to run from 10:15 a.m. to noon featuring topics such as community awareness campaigns, older adults and substance abuse, and abuse treatment techniques using creative arts.

The luncheon keynote address will feature Gerard J. Connors, director of the Research Institute on Addictions, State University of New York at Buffalo, who will discuss interventions with heavily drinking women and rural residents.

Afternoon workshop sessions, which run from 2 to 5:30 p.m., include discussion on substance abuse services for women and gambling prevention projects.

The breakfast keynote address on Tuesday, October 8, will be delivered at 8:45 a.m. by Sheila B. Blume, clinical professor of psychiatry, State University of New York at Stony Brook, on the evolution of treatment for addictions in special populations.

Morning workshop sessions, scheduled to run from 10:15 to noon, include topics such as using intense exercise programs to promote change in brain chemistry, and issues relating to drug treatment courts.

The luncheon keynote address will feature Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell, national spokesperson and program director for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, who will speak about fetal alcohol syndrome and its implications for treatment.

Afternoon workshop sessions will run from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. and include discussion on the treatment of gay, lesbian and bisexual substance abusers, and treatment in criminal justice populations.

The closing session, scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m., is titled “Searching for Common Ground: Drug Policy Reform, Harm Reduction and Traditional Addiction.” John de Miranda, executive director of the National Association on Alcohol, Drugs and Disability, will moderate the discussion.  

The conference is sponsored by the School of Education and Human Development, and the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, the Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Division of Academic Services at Broome Community College, the National Institute on Drug Abuse Special Populations Office, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Research Institute on Addictions at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the Haworth Pres, Inc.

Costs are $185 for the entire conference or $135 for one-day attendance. For more information, contact the Office of Professional Development and Research at 607-777-4447 or via e-mail: pdr@binghamton.educonference. Conference information can also be found at

Last Updated: 9/17/13