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State substance abuse counselors association to hold conference at DiamondJacks


Hosted by the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana (CADA), the 36th Annual Louisiana Association of Substance Abuse Counselors & Trainers, Inc. (LASACT) Conference will be held at DiamondJacks Casino and Resort, July 28-31.

The conference provides continuing education opportunities for substance abuse counselors, preventionists, compulsive gambling counselors, students, and others by nationally and internationally known speakers, as well as in-state experts. The theme of this year’s conference is “Embracing the Managed Care World.”

Participants will benefit from hearing outstanding speakers on a variety of topics including addiction, prevention, gambling, co-occurring disorders, supervision, and ethics. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 24 credit hours. Opportunities to network and socialize with counselors, educators, non-profit organizations, healthcare agencies, and social workers from across the state will be available. Awards will be presented for Addiction Counselor of the Year, Prevention Professional of the Year, Gambling Counselor of the Year, Counselor in Training (CIT) of the Year, Prevention Specialist in Training (PSIT) of the Year, Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) of the Year, Addiction Service Provider of the Year and Prevention Service Provider of the Year. Officers and board members for 2013-2014 will also be elected during the conference.

The agenda and more information can be found on LASACT’s website, www.lasact.org. To register for the conference, visit to www.lasact.net. Participants can pre-register until July 22, or register at the conference for an additional $25. For hotel reservations at DiamondJacks, call 866-552-9629 and mention the LASACT 2013 Conference to receive the conference rate.

Bill Rose, CADA’s Executive Director, presides over the conference as President of LASACT. LASACT’s mission is to promote and enhance addiction professionals and providers in the areas of treatment, education, prevention, and advocacy. The annual conference is designed to carry out this mission by providing a full program of education for addiction professionals and service providers.

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana was founded in 1958 to educate, counsel and treat persons of all ages who suffer from alcoholism or other addictive diseases. Please visit www.cadanwla.org for more information about CADA and its programs.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.