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Current Science of Addiction and Recovery: Dispelling the Stigma

Day One: The Western Canadian Conference on Trauma and Addictions

Presented by Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD., CATC-V, CADCIII, co-author of Uppers, Downers, All-Arounders

Wednesday, May 27, 2020  |  Edmonton, ab

Date & Location

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – Wednesday, May 27, 2020

8:30am – 4:00pm

DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton

16615 109th Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.0821

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

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Brain imaging and other more recent research tools continue to discover variances in neuro-cellular, neuro-chemical, and neuro-functioning that underlie a vulnerability to develop substance-related and other addictive disorders. The brain anomalies associated with addictive disorders provide an understanding of the differences between the wide variety of drugs and behavioural compulsions. They also help to explain why some are more likely than others to relapse after treatment for their compulsive drug use or behaviours. The rapidly expanding field of Addiction Medicine provides new insights on preventing, assessing and treatment of addictions and related disorders. It is also providing more evidenced-based resources to better manage those struggling with these major mental health disorders. This presentation will explore the evolving science of Addiction and Recovery to dispel the undue stigma associated with Substance Related and Addictive Disorders. It will also offer an introduction to the new resources in development to treat these disorder and the evolving medical specialty of addiction medicine.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the 2 major circuit of the brain’s addiction pathway and name at least 2 brain structures involved with the “Go” and “Stop” processes of these circuits
  • Elucidate 3factors that contribute to the development of the brain anomalies associated with Substance Related and Addictive Disorders.
  • Describe how neurotransmitters affect compulsivity and cravings and name at least 3 the most important neurotransmitters involved in these activities.
  • Explain formation of dendritic memory spines and identify the 2 major pathways of memory formation in the brain and their role in addiction.
  • Provide at least 2 ways that gene expression is altered to influence addiction vulnerability


  • Increased understanding of neuro-chemical, neuro-cellular and neuro-functional mechanisms that underlie addictions and related disorders.
  • Appreciation of the diathesis stress model as the root cause of addiction and related disorders
  • Familiarity with the brain’s memory process of dendritic spines and their role in triggering cravings that lead to vulnerability for slips and relapses in recovery.
  • Improved understanding of the brain’s memory process and its role in craving and relapse in addiction
  • Exposure to the expanding science of epigenetic gene expressions and how environmental trauma can influence the vulnerability to addiction

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

This workshop may be may be eligible for CEUs from the following associations:  Show more
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)
  • Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellor & Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
  • Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP)

* Please contact your accrediting body for more information on individual association requirements.

Your Presenter(s)

Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD., CATC-V, CADCIII

Dr. Darryl Inaba is Director of Clinical and Behavioural Health Services for the Addictions Recovery Centre and Director of Research and Education of CNS Productions in Medford, Oregon. He is an associate Clinical Professor at the University of California in San Francisco, CA., Special Consultant, Instructor, at the University of Utah School on Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies in Salt Lake City, UT and a Lifetime Fellow at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc., in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Inaba has authored several papers, award winning educational films and is co-author of Uppers, Downers, All Arounder a text on addiction and related disorders that is used in more than 400 colleges and universities. He has been honoured with over 90 Individual awards for his work in the areas of prevention and treatment of substance abuse problems. He is a popular speaker at workshops and conferences nationally and internationally.

More information: www.cnsproductions.com/46.html

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Rehabilitation Consultants, Geriatric Specialists, and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton

16615 109th Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.0821

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation over the phone, please call 780.484.0821 or 1.800.661.9804

May 26 – 29, 2020
2 Queen Beds $155.00 plus tax per night
1 King Suite – $175.00 plus tax per night
1 King Hospitality Room – $325.00 plus tax per night

Rates are based on single or double occupancy. A $15.00 charge will apply for each extra adult. Maximum occupancy is 4 persons per room.

To Book Online: 

May 26 – 29, 2020 visit http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/Y/YEGNMDT-HTT-20200526/index.jhtml

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

Please keep in mind when booking Jack Hirose and Associates corporate guest rooms, reservations booked for most hotels can be cancelled within 48 hours . If you are booking guest rooms through third party websites in many instances the reservations booked cannot not be cancelled.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $639 $659
Group 3-7 $619 $639
Group 8-14 $599 $619
Group 15+ $579 $599
Full-Time Student $579 $599

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: May 13, 2020
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

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