Join Us May 6 - 8, 2019 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel

The Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training (RADACT) program is pleased to announce the 45th Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health: “Trauma Recovery Systems of Care: Treatment and Solutions” Join us May 6– 8, 2019 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel to explore trauma and recovery in the field of addictions and behavioral health.

The 2019 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, peer support specialists, and volunteers from various organizations throughout Alaska. This year’s theme will focus on trauma and how trauma is involved in a lot of people’s lives who are involved in recovery.  The focus will be on treatment for recovering individuals, to look at how our systems of care are organized, how we as providers meet and greet people, and what providers require of recovering individuals as they go through treatment so that we as providers are not re-traumatizing those in recovery.

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 “Call for Papers” 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 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.

The 2019 Annual School is being held at the Anchorage Sheraton Hotel.  Information on booking rooms will be posted as a later date.

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2019 General Information

Meeting the Challenge          Registration Information          CEU Information          Hotel Information          Hotel Reservations

Silent Auction

Meeting the Challenge will be sponsoring a silent auction during the 45th Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health. All proceeds will go towards sponsoring individuals in recovery on their annual trek to our state capital to advocate for funding for Substance Abuse and Mental Health treatment.

If individuals or organizations are interested in donating items for the silent auction, please contact Ron Greene.

Registration Is Now Open

Registration Rates:

Early Bird Full Conference (includes Award Ceremony) $375 – early bird rate ends 4/7/19 at 5pm (Alaska time)
Full Conference Individual (includes Award Ceremony) $400
Group (3 or more individuals per agency) per person (Includes Award Ceremony) $300
½ Day $90
1 Day $150
2 Day $300
Senior (65+)/Student full conference (Student ID required) (includes Award Ceremony) $300
Senior(65+)/Student per day (Student ID required) $100
Award Ceremony only $45

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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 and we submit the application to both certifying bodies.

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. All full conference attendees will receive one ticket to the Awards Ceremony. Additional tickets can be purchased online or onsite during open registration.

The conference will not provide all day beverage service or snacks. For those attendees wanting additional snacks or beverages the Sheraton provides a grocery/convenience store that has snacks, and drinks available for purchase. For lunches a restaurant is available on-site, and others within walking distance of the hotel.

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 11, 2019 to receive the special rate. April 11, 2019 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 31, 2019.


For attendees driving in daily, the Sheraton will offer a special daily parking rate. The rate will be announced by January 31, 2019. 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 Wi-Fi
• Restaurant
• Coffee shop
• Gift shop
• Grocery/convenience store for snacks etc.
• 24 hour fitness facility-for registered guests only
• Full-service spa-for registered guests only

Make your hotel reservations

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa for 115 USD - 145 USD per night

Last day to book your room at conference rate is Thursday, April 11, 2019

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2019 Keynote Presenters

Monday Keynote

Martha Teater

Martha Teater

Martha Teater is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor, and licensed clinical addictions specialist. She has been in private practice in Western North Carolina for almost 30 years, and is continuing that from her new home in Denver. Martha has worked in primary care settings, a medication-assisted recovery program, and a free clinic. She is an active Red Cross volunteer both with disaster mental health and Service to the Armed Forces. She has published over 175 articles in newspapers and magazines, including Family Therapy Magazine and Psychotherapy Networker. She is coauthor of 2 workbooks, Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: A Practical Resilience Workbook, and Treating Chronic Pain: Pill-Free Approaches to Move People from Hurt to Hope

Tuesday Keynote

Dr. Stephen Grinstead

Dr. Stephen Grinstead

Dr. Grinstead was the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of A Healing Place—A Residential and Intensive Outpatient Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California. He is author of the book Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope as well as author of several other pain management books including Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. Dr. Grinstead is also an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. He has been working with chronic pain management, substance use disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders since 1984.

Dr. Grinstead has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT) a past California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), and a current Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He served on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and also taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School and served on the faculty of University of Utah’s School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University teaching Masters Level and Psy.D. Students the Treating the Addicted Family System course for the Marriage and Family Therapy track for five years.

Since 1996 Dr. Grinstead has conducted Addiction-Free Pain Management®; Managing Pain Medication in Recovery; Managing Pain and Prescription Drug Abuse; as well as Relapse Prevention Counseling, Relapse Prevention for Eating Addiction and Denial Management Counseling, seminars and certification trainings for over forty thousand healthcare professionals therapists and counselors at more than 600 training seminars in key cities across the United States and Canada.

Wednesday Keynote

Adam Lesser

Adam Lesser

Adam Lesser is a licensed clinical social worker, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Deputy Director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project at the New York State Psychiatric Institute where he is responsible for all suicide prevention activities related to public health including the international dissemination and implementation of the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). He has published, presented internationally and consulted to state and local governments on best practices for suicide risk identification and prevention. His work has been featured in Social Work Today Magazine and on Atlanta National Public Radio, CNN-espanol, Univision and other local print and television media outlets.

2019 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.

2019 Annual School Award Nominations

Anyone may make a nomination!

Nomination must be received by April 5, 2019

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 5, 2019. Award recipients will be honored at the Annual School Awards Ceremony and will receive a scholarship for the 2019 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.

Volunteer Information

The deadline for receipt of volunteer application is 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019.
Successful applicants will be notified by April 12, 2019.

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 6 - 8. 2019.

We are seeking 20 volunteers to assist in the Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health. All volunteers will receive a waiver on the fee to obtain up to 22 CEUs (value $400). 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 ceremony.

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 5, 2019 and assist with conference preparations on May 5, 2019, after the training.

Download Volunteer Application here.

Exhibit Terms and Conditions

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

SET UP TIME – Sunday, May 5, 2019, 4pm – 8pm
Monday, May 6        7:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, May 7        7:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 8   7:30am – 3:0 pm
BREAKDOWN – Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 3pm – 4pm



  • For Profit Agency - $450.00
  • Nonprofit Agency - $325.00
  • Electrical Service - $30.00
  • Additional Awards Ceremony tickets per person - $45

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

The above rates include one (1) awards ceremony ticket. 
Additional tickets are available at a cost of $45 per ticket.

Exhibit package does not include conference registration or conference material.


SET-UP AND DISMANTLING: Exhibitor set-up is Sunday, May 5, 2019 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 8, 2019.   

CANCELLATION: Cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than April 12, 2019, to receive a refund minus a $45 administrative charge. Cancellations received after the April 12th 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.

45th Annual School Sponsorship Information

Deadline for Lanyards or Conference Bag sponsorship notification is March 29, 2019
Deadline for other sponsorships is April 19, 2019

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 Ceremony
• 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. Link coming soon.

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