Join us May 7 - 9, 2018

The Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training (RADACT) program is pleased to announce the 44th Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health: "Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders: Advances in Treatment and Recovery." Join us May 7 – 9, 2018 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel to explore the latest information pertaining to both the national and Alaskan opioid crises.

The 2018 Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health will bring together more than 400 professionals. Attendees will include counselors, social workers, educators, case workers, mental health clinicians, psychologists, primary care providers, criminal justice workers, and volunteers from various organizations throughout Alaska. This year's theme will focus on the opioid crises both nationally and in Alaska, with emphasis on prevention and reduction of opioid use and options for treatment.

This year's conference will categorize all its workshops according to Entry level, Intermediate level and Advanced level of training. Instructors will be challenged to design their presentation to meet the specific needs of these different levels of professionals. Also, to give participants greater opportunity to attend multiple workshops, all workshops will be limited to 1.5 hours or 3 hours. Workshops that need to be longer can be broken up into independent 1.5 hour or 3 hour workshops. Workshop focus will also need to be identified as being suitable for primary care providers, behavioral health providers, or both. The topics that are highlighted in the topics of interest will be given priority.

The Annual School is the oldest behavioral health conference in the state of Alaska. Over the past four decades it has continued to evolve in order to effectively meet the training needs of behavioral health and ancillary professionals statewide. The conference provides a wonderful opportunity to network face-to-face with fellow professionals and colleagues from all over Alaska and the United States. We look forward to seeing you there.

Complete the online submission form here.

Download Call for Papers information sheets.

2018 General Information

General Registration Information

Attendee Registration will open Monday, February 26, 2018
Registration Rates:
Early Bird Full Conference (Includes Award Luncheon) $350.00
Full Conference Individual (Includes Award Luncheon) $390.00
Group (3 or more individuals per agency) per person (Includes Award Luncheon) $300.00
½ Day Attendance $100.00
1 Day Attendance $150.00
2 Day Attendance $300.00
Senior (65+)/Student per day (Student ID required) $70.00
Award Luncheon only $40.00
Early Registration Discount:
Early Bird deadline is 5:00 p.m., Alaska Time, March 31, 2018

Food Service and Lunches:

A continental breakfast buffet will be available each morning of the conference, along with a beverage service of coffee and hot tea. Attendees will be on their own for lunch with the exception of the Wednesday Awards Luncheon.

All full conference attendees will receive one ticket to the Awards Luncheon. Additional tickets can be purchased online or onsite during open registration. The Awards Luncheon is not included in the exhibit fees.

The conference will not provide all day beverage service. The Sheraton as one of its many amenities provides a grocery/convenience store that has snacks, and drinks available. For lunches a restaurant is available on-site, and others within walking distance of the hotel. Prepared lunches also can be purchased from the on-site convenience store.

Sheraton Store

CEU Information:

The conference will offer CEUs through the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (ACBHC) and the National Association of Social Workers – Alaska Chapter.

We will not know the specific number of hours until the "Call for Papers" closes on February 9, 2018 and we submit the application to both certifying bodies.

Conference Hotel Information:

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa, 401 E 6th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska. The hotel will offer a special rate of $115 per night for a standard room, plus a 12% occupancy Tax. The rate also includes complimentary internet in guest rooms as well as complementary fitness center access.

Reservations must be made by April 12, 2018 to receive the special rate. April 12, 2018 will be the "Cutoff date." All unreserved rooms will be released for sale to the general public. Any reservation requests received after the "Cutoff Date" including modification, name changes and additions for
the group will be accepted on a space and rate available basis. There will be a link to the Sheraton posted on this page by January 1, 2018.


For attendees driving in daily, the Sheraton will offer a special daily parking rate. The rate will be announced by January 1, 2018. Parking tickets will be available from the front desk at the Sheraton the first day of the conference.

Hotel Amenities:

The Sheraton has the following amenities available on-site:

  • Computer station
  • Free Wifi
  • Full-service spa
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop
  • Gift shop
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • 24 hour fitness facility

Download General Information Sheet.

2018 Keynote Presenters

Monday, May 7

Kevin McCauley, MD

Kevin McCauley, MD

Dr. Kevin McCauley is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows of Wickenburg, Arizona and Senior Recovery Advisor at Northbound Treatment Services in Orange County, California. He first became interested in the treatment of substance use disorders while serving as a Naval Flight Surgeon where he observed the U.S. Navy's policy of treating addiction as a safety (not moral) issue and returning treated pilots to flight status under careful monitoring.

After developing his own addiction to prescription opioids, Dr. McCauley was court-martialed and imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he read voraciously of what was known about the disease of addiction at that time. Today, he has over ten years of continuous sobriety and has worked in a non-clinical capacity at several treatment centers, giving over two thousand lectures on the neuroscience of addiction and recovery management.

Dr. McCauley wrote and directed two films: "Memo to Self" about the concepts of recovery management, and "Pleasure Unwoven" about the neuroscience of addiction which won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Kevin also continues to assist pilots with substance use disorders through his collaboration with the Air Line Pilots Association's HIMS Program.

Currently, Dr. McCauley travels between the U.S mainland and his home in Honolulu, Hawai`i where he lives with his wife, Kristine, who teaches third grade at the Honolulu Waldorf School.

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Tuesday, May 8

Donald R. Teater, MD, MPH

Donald R. Teater, MD, MPH

Dr. Donald R. Teater is a family physician who has lived and worked in western North Carolina for the past 29 years. Since 2004 he has focused more on the intersection of pain, opioids, and addiction. Dr. Teater was lead facilitator for the expert panel during the development of the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. He continues to work as a consultant with the CDC on educating prescribers on the appropriate treatment of pain.

While working nationally on the public health aspects of the opioid epidemic, he continues to see patients one day a week treating opioid use disorder and chronic pain in Waynesville, NC.

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Wednesday, May 9

Ken Winters, Ph.D.

Ken Winters, Ph.D.

Ken C. Winters, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute and adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota. Dr. Winters retired as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, where he found and directed the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research for 25 years.

Dr. Winters received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including adolescent drug abuse and problem gambling. His recent work in the field has focused on brief interventions and the SBIRT model to address adolescents who are mild-to-moderate drug users and have co-existing behavioral problems. Along with Keven Sabet, he is co-editing a book on marijuana and health, to be published by Oxford press in 2017, and he is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, and the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Dr. Winters received numerous research grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations and published over 100 peer-reviewed articles over a 30-year period. He was the 2008 recipient of the Research to Evidence-Based Practice Award from a national organization on effective treatment for adolescents (JMATE), and received in 2005 the Senior Investigator Award by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG).

Dr. Winters is a frequent publisher, speaker and trainer and is a consultant to many organizations, including Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, NCRG, NORC's Adolescent SBIRT Steering Committee, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., Florida International University's Office of Research and Economic Development, and the Mentor Foundation (an international drug abuse prevention organization).

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2018 Call for Papers

Submission deadline: February 9, 2018. 5:00 p.m. Alaska time

The 44th Annual School reflects a broad array of topics of interest to the full continuum of practitioners from peer and direct service providers to licensed professionals seeking continuing education opportunities. The suggested topics for consideration include the following:

The Highlighted workshops will be given priority.

Submission Guidelines:

  • You will need to complete the online form
  • You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online form:
    • Presentation title
    • A brief summary of the presentation
    • The level of the presentation: Entry, Intermediate, Advanced
    • Presentation focus: Primary care providers, behavioral health providers, or both
    • A description of the presentation with a 300 word limit
    • Three specific session outcomes
    • A Resume for each presenter (Submissions will not be accepted without resumes)
    • Proposed length of session (1.5 hours or 3 hours)

Criteria for evaluating proposals will include:

  • Consistency with the conference theme
  • Clarity of learning objectives
  • Addressing issues of concern to the target audience
  • Presentation is within the time frame (1.5 hours or 3 hours)
  • Topic reflects skills and knowledge about emerging/developing/evidence-based practices
  • Presentation is not a sales pitch for a particular program/agency

Presenters will be notified as to whether or not the Annual School Planning committee has selected your presentation by February 16, 2018. If you are selected you will be required to submit a PDF version of your power point presentation and any extra handouts. These will be posted on the Annual School website for Annual School participants to download prior to attending the Annual School. It is the responsibility of each presenter to submit their handouts for his/her session prior to the start of the Annual School. Copies of your handouts will not be provided to participants other than what is posted on the Annual School website for participants to download.

Honoraria are not provided for workshop presenters. Hotel, travel, and other costs are at the presenter's expense. A complimentary full-conference registration will be furnished for primary presenters who provide a 3 hour workshop. A complimentary registration will be provided for one secondary presenter for the day of the workshop. For workshops less than 3 hours, one complimentary registration will be provided for the primary presenter for the day of the workshop. Complimentary registrations are not transferable. All presenters are responsible for their own transportation, hotel and any other costs associated with the presentation.

Complete the online submission form here.

Download Call for Papers information sheets.

2018 Scholarhip Information

Download Scholarship Application Here.

The Process:
The Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health Scholarship Committee will review your application and make recommendations based upon your financial needs and how you intend to use the information gained at the Annual School following your return to your community and the program in which you are currently working.

When the application reviews are completed, you will be notified as to whether or not you have been awarded a scholarship. Please be sure to provide email address for notification purposes. No letters will be sent for notification.

Please note that scholarships from RADACT will cover conference registration only. Scholarships will not cover travel/hotel costs, or per diem.

Please send the completed registration form to:
Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training (RADACT)
3901 Old Seward Highway, Suite 8
Anchorage, AK 99503
Fax:  Janet Carter:   907-562-7948


Please send the registration form electronically to:

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Janet Carter at 907-563-9202

Download Scholarship Application Here.

2018 Handouts will be uploaded here as they become available.

2018 Annual School Award Nominations

Anyone may make a nomination!

Nominations must be received by April 6, 2018

Francis J. Phillips Award

Presented for many years of outstanding statewide contributions to the addictions and behavioral health field. Presented to an innovative individual who demonstrates commitment to excellence, ethical standards, interagency cooperation, and is an inspiration and leader in the addictions and behavioral health field.

"Change Maker" Award

The "Change Maker" award is an honor bestowed upon an individual in recovery whose very life is an inspiration to others. He/she is not an addictions or behavioral health counselor or a professional in the field. Instead, this person serves as a role model in many possible ways. Perhaps he/she has accomplished an educational or vocational goal, volunteers in some capacity in the community, or does an outstanding job in his/her chosen profession. The "Change Maker" is responsible for his/her own recovery and is the kind of person others in recovery aspire to be. He/she has rejoined the mainstream of society and is considered a contributing member in a significant way.

A Release of Information (ROI) form must be signed by the individual being nominated for the "Change Maker" award and attached to the award nomination form. Thank you.

Ernie Turner Award

Presented to a counselor actively working in the field who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession of addictions and behavioral health counseling by demonstrating: ethical standards, ongoing professional development, cultural competency, and interagency collaboration. This person is an inspiration to those he/she serves.

"Friend of the Field" Award

The "Friend of the Field" award recognizes a non-clinical staff member of an organization who provides continual and outstanding service to persons who are in treatment or recovery. Examples of possible candidates for this award may be as varied as a board member of an organization, a maintenance person who prepares a room for AA meetings, a program administrator, a Legislator, a bus driver, or a cook for a treatment program. The recipient of this award is dedicated to making treatment happen for others. He/she is well respected by co-workers and clients and has a proven track record of outstanding service to their organization.

How to Submit a Nomination

Completely fill out the award nomination form and attach a narrative explanation of why you think the person is deserving of the award. A separate ballot and narrative must be completed for each nomination. Nominations must be received by April 6, 2018. Award recipients will be honored at the Annual School awards luncheon on May 9, 2018 and will receive a scholarship for the 2018 Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health.

Please download and complete the form to submit your nominations for awards.

Please contact RADACT at (907) 563-9202 or email for additional information.

Volunteers Information

The deadline for receipt of volunteer applications is 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018.
Successful applicants will be notified by April 15 2018

The Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training (RADACT) program is pleased to announce the 44th Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health to be held at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, May 7 - 9. 2018.

We are seeking 20 volunteers to assist in the Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health.  All volunteers will receive a waiver of the fee to obtain up to 22 CEU's (value of $375).  Please note that only the CEUs are awarded, you will not receive a bag, or any other promotional items.  It also will not include the Awards Luncheon held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Please submit your application to Janet Carter at Fax: 907-562-7948; or or mail your application to RADACT, 3901 Old Seward Highway, Suite 8, Anchorage, AK, 99503.

All volunteers must attend the volunteer training in person Sunday, May 6, 2018, and assist with conference preparations on May 6, 2018, the Saturday before the conference.

Download Volunteer Application here.

Exhibit Terms and Conditions

You must complete the online form to register as an exhibitor.

SET UP TIME – Sunday, May 6, 2018, 4pm – 8pm
Monday, May 7        7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 8        7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, May 9   7:30 am – 3:00 pm
BREAKDOWN – Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 3pm – 4pm



  • For Profit Agency - $330.00
  • Nonprofit agency - $200.00
  • Electrical service - $30.00

TABLETOP EXHIBIT PACKAGE INCLUDES: One 6' draped table, one chair, and one wastebasket.

Exhibit package does not include conference registration or conference material.

No assignments can be made until the completed contract and fee are received by "I do Events." CONTRACTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY "I DO EVENTS" NO LATER THAN APRIL 13, 2018 by 5:00 PM ALASKA TIME IN ORDER FOR TABLES TO BE ASSIGNED.

SET-UP AND DISMANTLING: Exhibitor set-up is Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 4-8pm.
(No materials should be pasted, tacked, nailed, screwed or otherwise, attached to ANY part of the hotel property including furniture and walls). Dismantling begins at 3pm Wednesday May 9. 2018.   

CANCELLATION: Cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than April 13, 2018, to receive a refund minus a $45 administrative charge. Cancellations received after the April 13th will not be eligible for refund.

SECURITY: There will be no security provided for the exhibit area. Exhibitors with valuable materials can make arrangements to store these items in a secure room during the hours after the exhibit area is closed. This is not to be understood as a guarantee against theft, loss, or damage. The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and/or the Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health will be held harmless in case of such occurrences.

Access the Exhibitor Registration form here.

44th Annual School Sponsorship Information

Deadline for Lanyards or Conference Bag sponsorship notification is February 28, 2018
Deadline for other sponsorships is April 20, 2018

Welcome to the Annual School sponsorship opportunities. If you would like to support the Annual School through sponsorship, please select from the choices below. Please fax your completed form to Janet Carter at 907-562-7948, or email it to

1. Continental Breakfast Sponsor: $1,000 or $3,000
2. Badge/Lanyards Sponsor: $1,500 (Lanyards are to be provided by the sponsor.)
3. Speaker Fees and Travel: $1,000, $2,000, $5,000 or other amount
4. Afternoon Refreshment Break Sponsor: $1,750 one day or $3,500 two days
5. Conference Bag Sponsor: $5,000 (Bags are to be provided by the sponsor.)

Sponsors will receive:

• Acknowledgment of Sponsorship at opening remarks and at Awards Luncheon
• Corporate recognition in conference materials
• Sponsor ribbon for badge
• All sponsors are eligible for a complimentary exhibit table

You must complete both the Sponsorship Form and the Exhibit Submission Form and submit them to receive the complementary exhibit table.

Exhibit tables are not reserved until the Exhibit Submission Form is received and confirmed by "I Do Events."

Download the Sponsorship Form here.

Complete the online Exhibitor's Submission Form here if you have not done so already.

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