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May 17 - May 19, 2023

On Campus

Online Registration

The annual Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies will focus on current substance use disorders, alcohol and drug trends, the role of trauma in addiction, medication assisted treatment, strategies for addictions counselors in promoting recovery, trends in the use and distribution of illegal narcotics, and much more! In addition to a variety of other topics, the Institute will also provide HIV, HepC and Ethics education. This inter-professional conference provides practical tools and ground-breaking information related to successful intervention, rehabilitation, and treatment.

Target Audience

Counselors, social workers, case managers, therapists, psychologists, educators, advance practice nurses, certified nurse specialists, nurses, healthcare providers, personnel directors, correction personnel, teachers and others interested in problems of alcohol and drug use disorders and all addictions.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023, Plenary Presenter

Mita Johnson, Ed.D, NCC, LPC, LMFT, LAC, ACS, MFT-S, MAC, SAP, BCTHP, EMDR, has been practicing in the world of mental health, marriage and family, and addictions counseling for the past 30 years. She has a thriving private practice where she provides clinical supervision, counseling services to our military, and addiction-specific training and education. She has been providing telebehavioral health services to individuals and groups for several years and is a board-certified telehealth practitioner. Her areas of specialization include pharmacology, co-occurring disorders, ethics, culturally responsive care, and clinical supervision. She has been an active member of NAADAC for over 15 years, has served as the Ethics Chair, and began her term as NAADAC’s President in October 2020.

Thursday, May 18, 2023, Plenary Presenter

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean, and British Islands. Mark is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients Multiple Addictions and Disorders; Recovery Management; and Relationship Detox: Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships in Recovery. Mark has been a certified addictions counselor for 34 years. He has received numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the Social Work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago Alumni. Mark is co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois. He is past president of the board of the Illinois Chapter of NAADAC. He has had a 30-year career as a university educator having taught at the University of Chicago, Illinois State University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work.

Friday, May 19, 2023, Keynote

James Budde, Detective, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office / DEA Task Force Officer, is a Deputy for the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office who is assigned as a Detective to the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force and the Evansville DEA Task Force. He has worked with the Sheriff’s Office for over 15 years and has spent the last 10 years working narcotics investigations. His primary focus is to identify and dismantle organized criminal drug trafficking organizations operating within the greater Vanderburgh County area.

Contact Hours

Up to 18.25 hours for all three days

Up to 7.5 hours for day one
Up to 7.5 hours for day two
Up to 3.25 hours for day three

CE hours will be available for Nurses, Physicians, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Health Facility Administrators. CE hours will also be available for Indiana licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants and Dental professions.

Application for continuing education will be submitted to IAAP, IAODAPCA, ICAADAKentucky Board of Certification of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology.

Conflict of Interest Statement

No individual in a position to control content has any relevant financial relationships.

Accreditation Statements

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive up to 18.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning (CHPLL). The CHPLL is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

State of Indiana

The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for several professionals licensed in the state of Indiana, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and dental professionals.

Gene Nance Professional Conference Attendance Fee Fund

Financial assistance in the form of fully paid conference registrations will be awarded to first time attendees to the Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies, based on financial need of the applicant and amount of funds available from the Gene Nance Professional Conference Attendance Fee Fund. To be considered for the award, submit: (a) a letter of request that explains why you want to attend, how it would benefit you professionally, an overview of your need for financial assistance; and (b) a letter of reference from a professional colleague or supervisor. Send both documents, to Kelley Collazo at by April 24, 2023.

Exhibitor & Sponsor form  Exhibitor & Sponsor link to pay online

Online Registration

To Register: Click on the link above. We recommend utilizing Chrome or Firefox with a computer or tablet to register for our programs.

Enrollment Cost:

  • $315 for all three days
  • $135 for Wednesday only
  • $135 for Thursday only
  • $75 for Friday only
Student Rate:
  • $140 for students all three days
  • $60 for students Wednesday only
  • $60 for students Thursday only
  • $35 for students Friday only

Refund Policy

A $25 administrative fee will be charged for cancelled registrations, if the registration fee has been paid, prior to May 8, 2023. No refunds will be provided after that date.

Conference Location

University of Southern Indiana, University Center West
8600 University Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47712

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Questions? Call toll-free 1-877-USI-HLTH (874-4584) or 812-461-5217 or email

2023 Conference Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Brentwood Springs

Pewter Sponsor

Premier Exhibitor