Alberta DTC Symposium 2024

April 11 – 12, 2024, The Malcolm Hotel, Canmore, Alberta

Program

Thursday, April 11, 2024

8:00am – 9:00am

Registration & breakfast

9:00am – 10:30 am

Steve Hanson

Psychopharmacology: Understanding Addiction and Behaviour

Helping people with Substance Use Disorders requires an understanding of the mechanisms of addiction and the impact that changes in the brain have on participant behaviour. This presentation will cover the brain’s reward circuit, craving, the action of key drugs as well as implications for treatment. This information should help team members better understand participants and their behaviours, particularly difficulties in achieving abstinence. During the current opioid overdose crisis, it is critical to understand the role and importance of medications used to treat SUD and prevent fatalities. A discussion of abstinence as a “distal” versus “proximal” goal and understanding how to help participants who are struggling with their addiction.

10:30am – 10:45am

15-minute break

10:45am – Noon

Breakout Session by Discipline  – Facilitated Discussion

Gather in groups for a facilitated discussion of the Keynote Session content and how it can inform practices in your DTC.

Noon – 1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Jennifer Berard

Complex Needs Populations in DTC: Mental Health, Attachment Disorders, and Trauma Effects

DTC populations present with a range of co-occurring disorders and complex needs. Understanding these needs is essential for DTC professionals to support and intervene with participants in effective ways. This session will support attendees to understand how these disorders commonly present and to develop strategies for responding to issues and needs in DTCs.

2:30pm – 2:45pm

15-minute break

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Breakout Session by Team – Facilitated Discussion

Gather in groups for a facilitated discussion of the Keynote Session content and how it can inform practices in your DTC.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Round Table Discussion – Mixed Groups

Participate in your choice of one of the round table discussions

  • Sanctions and Incentives – best practices
  • Reducing Barriers to Access – Populations we struggle to serve, what can we do?

Friday, April 12, 2024

7:00am – 08:00am

Breakfast

8:00am – 9:30am

Wendy Schiller

Building Trust and Competency through Effective Integrated Practice Collaboration

The session focuses on how to effectively gain the support of critical criminal justice system stakeholders and enlist their participation as active team members, including the judiciary, prosecutor, defense bar, law enforcement, and community treatment providers. The session also covers how to sustain participation through effective team communication, how to reach a state of collaborative advantage, and the importance of training. 

9:30am – 9:45am

15-minute break

9:45am – 10:45 am

Breakout Session by Discipline – Facilitated Discussion

Gather in groups for a facilitated discussion of the Keynote Session content and how it can inform practices in your DTC.

10:45am – 11:45am

Round Table Discussion – by discipline

Participate in your choice of one of the round table discussions

  •  Dismissal hearings
  • Maximizing eligibility – strategies for serving early intervention or complex needs populations

11:45am – 12:45pm

Lunch

Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Berard
BHSc Addictions (Distinction), MA. RPsych

Jennifer Berard, BHSc Addictions (Distinction), MA. RPsych, was the Clinical Lead for the Calgary Drug Treatment Court for five years. Jennifer has 20 years’ experience working the front lines of addiction and mental health in the areas of inpatient residential treatment, outpatient treatment, forensics, and private practice.

In 2011, she was the first addictions counsellor hired to provide service in the Calgary Remand Centre and found a passion for supporting those who experience chronic addiction and involvement with the criminal justice system. During her tenure, Jenn helped lead the development and implementation of the first treatment unit of its kind in the Calgary Remand Centre which provided counselling, life skills, and employment resources to individuals while in custody.

Jenn now works in private practice. She is the founder of Jennifer Berard & Associates, a private therapy practice that specializes in Substance Use Disorders, Trauma, and Operational Stress Injury in first responder populations.


Steve Hanson
Senior Treatment Consultant, National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Steve Hanson, M.S. Ed., is a Senior Treatment Consultant for All Rise/Treatment Court Institute. Having been a faculty member for All Rise/NADCP for over 20 years, Mr. Hanson began his current role in January of 2023. 

Previously, he served as the Associate Commissioner for Courts and Criminal Justice for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. He was responsible for relationships with the various criminal justice entities including Drug Treatment, Courts, State and local corrections, probation and parole. Previously he had served as the Associate Commissioner of Treatment for OASAS with responsibilities for the oversight of state operated treatment programs, adolescent services, criminal justice and Recovery services.

He taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in Psychopharmacology at SUNY Brockport for 20 years.

Steve has over 40 years of experience in the field as a treatment provider, educator and consultant. His ability to train criminal justice practitioners on drug abuse and treatment has been recognized both nationally and internationally. 


Wendy Schiller
Project Director – All Rise, Center for Advancing Justice

Ms. Schiller is a Project Director for All Rise, founded as the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Ms. Schiller has worked as a trainer and technical assistance provider for judges and court systems since 2003. She facilitates onsite technical assistance for local justice systems and provides expert training at national and statewide conferences on evidence-based practices for court professionals. Ms. Schiller specializes in adult education and evidence-based curriculum development.

Ms. Schiller has co-authored technical assistance briefs that focus on relaying practical ways to implement evidence-based practice and make needed changes in the juvenile and family justice systems, for example: Using Brief Interventions in the Juvenile Justice System, How to Facilitate a Discussion about Child Sexual Exploitation in Your Community, and Individualizing Responses to Motivate Behavior Change in Youth: A Four-Pronged Approach. Ms. Schiller received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada and a Master of Arts in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Venue

The Malcolm Hotel

321 Spring Creek Drive
Canmore, Alberta T1W 2G2
https://www.malcolmhotel.ca

Accommodation

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Malcolm Hotel for Symposium attendees at a discounted rate, starting at $225.00 + taxes per night, for the nights of Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11, 2024.  All rooms are double queen bedrooms.

To book your room, please:

  • Visit the Malcolm Hotel website at malcolmhotel.ca or click HERE
  • Select your check in and check out dates
  • Click “Book Now”
  • Click on “Add Code”, select “Group Attendee” and enter “2404CDTC
  • Click the ‘Select & Go to the Next step’ button
  • Select your room type
  • Select add room & checkout
  • Enter all information required  
  • A confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided

or

Call 1-403-812-0680 and quote booking code 2404 CDTC

Please book your room at your earliest convenience to ensure availability.  You may cancel your room booking, without penalty, if you contact the hotel prior to April 4, 2024. One night’s room deposit will be charged for cancellations received on or after April 4 2024. 

If you wish to extend your stay in Canmore, the discounted group rate is valid for three days before and after the Symposium dates (while availability lasts.)

Rooms are limited, so please book early to ensure availability.

Registration Information

The registration fee for the symposium is $125.00.  The fee includes attendance at sessions, breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks on April 11 and 12, 2024. 

To register, please complete and submit the following registration form and then make payment.  You will receive a receipt and confirmation of your registration once we have received both your registration form and payment.

Cancellation
If you are unable to attend the Symposium your registration is transferable up to and including April 11, 2024.  Please contact capitol@shaw.ca in advance to arrange this.  A full refund less a $30.00 cancellation fee will be issued for written cancellations received no later than March 5, 2024. We regret we cannot give any refunds after this date.

How to Pay

Cheque:
Mail a cheque for $125.00, made payable to Calgary Drug Treatment Court Society, to:

Alberta DTC Symposium 2024
c/o Capitol Conferences Inc
RPO Box 75008, Cambrian
Calgary, AB, T2K 6J8

Please include your name on the cheque.

E-transfer:
Make an e-transfer to arlal@calgarydrugtreatmentcourt.org in the sum of $125.00.

Registration Form

2024 Conference Registration Form
Will you attend lunch on Friday, April 12, 2024?

Cancellation
If you are unable to attend the Symposium your registration is transferable up to and including April 11, 2024.  Please contact capitol@shaw.ca in advance to arrange this.  A full refund less a $30.00 cancellation fee will be issued for written cancellations received no later than March 5, 2024. We regret we cannot give any refunds after this date.