Registration now open for addiction treatment conference, October 7 and 8


Registrations are now being accepted for the “Treating Addictions in Special Populations: Research Confronts Reality” conference scheduled for October 7 and 8, 2002, 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 in a dynamic forum to address issues that have emerged for individuals of special populations affected by substance-related disorders and addictions.

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.

This conference will also present research and model programs addressing the multi-dimensional treatment issues that have emerged for special populations affected by substance-related disorders.  It will provide a forum for discussion of the implications for policy-makers and service providers in a holistic approach.

Four keynote speakers will be featured:

• Sheila B. Blume, MD and clinical professor of psychiatry, State University of New York at Stony Brook, will present on the evolution of treatment for addictions in special populations.

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

• Gary Lawson, professor of clinical psychology and family studies at Alliant University, will provide a framework of treating addictions in special populations by focusing on assessment guidelines.

• Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell, national spokesperson and program director for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, will speak about fetal alcohol syndrome and its implications for treatment.

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.

Conference costs are $160 for early-bird registration (received before September 9, 2002) and regular registration is $185 (received September 9 or later). For more information, contact Jane Angelone, conference coordinator, at 607-777-4447 or via e-mail at Conference information can also be found at

Last Updated: 9/17/13