A peek into – The Many Faces of Addiction Symposium

In a few weeks, Bellwood will be hosting a very special event, and we are quite excited.

We are excited with the breadth, depth and freshness of this year’s The Many Faces of Addiction Symposium and can’t wait to see everything unfold in Toronto on October 16th and 17th.

Now in it’s fourth year, the goal of the Symposium has always been to bring together experts in the field of addiction and mental health to discuss and gain new insights; to learn what’s new and the best practices on helping those struggling at home, in the workplace, and in our communities overcome addictions.

This year we are expecting nearly 200 delegates from across North America to learn from the best, share first hand knowledge and examine the illness of addiction. We are looking forward to the delegates exploring the latest and proven treatment options, workplace management techniques, recovery best practices and much more.

Based on emerging new areas in addiction and delegate feedback, this year we have carefully designed sessions to focus on the areas of concurrent trauma/PTSD and substance abuse, Internet and gaming addiction, best practices for managing employees with addiction, and clinical techniques for achieving excellent results. Each session has been structured to delve into the depths of addiction in a dynamic and interactive framework.

Over the year, the organizing team has worked hard to bring together leading experts, clinicians, and academics from Canada and the United States to seek out answers to the tough questions surrounding addiction and mental health.

This year’s expert keynote presenters include:

  • Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine and lecturer at Harvard Medical School –  Numbing the Pain: PTSD and Substance Abuse
  • Ryan Van Cleave, PhD, faculty member at the Ringling College of Art + Design; Patricia Morgan, MA, CCC, counsellor and author specializing in strengthening personal resilience – The Digital Dilemma: An Inside Look at Internet Addiction; Video Game Addiction: Surrender and Consequences in the Electronic Age;  Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace . . . in a Super-Connected World
  • Dr. Ray Baker MD, FCFP, ABAM, consulting physician specializing in Occupational Addiction Medicine – Best Practices for Managing Employees with Substance Use Disorders
  • Scott D. Miller PhD, co-founder of the Center for Clinical Excellence, clinical trainer and author – Achieving Clinical Excellence: Four Steps to Superior Performance
  • Ali Liénaux RSW -TSI MSW (Equiv), Vice President of Clinical Services and Operations at Integrated Workplace Solutions (IWS) – The Duty to Accommodate: Substance Abuse at the Workplace

and many more.

Yes, there is no doubt we are excited!

We would like to invite you to join us and take advantage of this opportunity to hear from leaders in the addiction and mental health field; and gain new insights into how to help those who are struggling at home, in the workplace, and in our communities.

Whether you are a healthcare or corporate professional, or an individual whose life has been touched by addiction, we are confident that this year’s Symposium will provide education, training and information about new tools and emerging practices to help people heal from addiction.

Mark your calendars; registration is open and space is limited.

See you on October 16th and 17th at the Ontario Science Centre.

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