University of Southern Indiana

Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies (IADS)

Wednesday May 19 and Thursday May 20, 2021               

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, human trafficking, cannabidiol (CBD) and trends in the use and distribution of illegal narcotics. In addition to a variety of other topics, the Institute will also provide HIV, Hep-C and Ethics education.  This inter-professional conference provides practical tools and ground-breaking information related to successful intervention, rehabilitation, and treatment.

 Contact Hours: CE hours will be available for Nurses, Physicians, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Psychologists, CHES, MCHES 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 has been submitted to, ICAADA,  IAODAPCA, and Kentucky Board of Certification of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

Keynote Presenters:

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC
Mark 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 Health Relationships in Recovery.

Mark has been a certified addictions counselor for 34 years.  He has received numerous awards including a Life-time Achievement Award from the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the Social Work profession as  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.

 Thursday, May 20, 2021

Kevin McCauley, MD
Dr. Kevin McCauley first became interested in the treatment of substance use disorders while serving as a Naval Flight Surgeon where he observed the US Navy’s policy of treating addiction as a safety (not a moral) issue, returning treated pilots to flight status under careful monitoring.

Dr. McCauley wrote and directed two films: Memo to Self, exploring the concepts of recovery management, and Pleasure Unwoven, on neuroscience of addiction. He won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.

As a person in long-term recovery himself, Dr. McCauley is grateful for the many benefits he received to establish his sobriety and strives to make sure that people have access to the same benefits and opportunities. He is committed to understanding how addiction plays out in the lives of people from diverse races and different cultures, genders, and orientations, and hearing their unique perspectives of recovery. Although addiction can be a debilitating disease personally and spiritually, Dr. McCauley joins with his colleagues to treat people seeking sobriety with respect, preserve their dignity, and accompany them as they find their own path into recovery.

AGENDA 2021 


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 26, 2021.   

Date & Time: Wednesday & Thursday, May 19 & 20, 2021.

Webinar connection information will be emailed one week before the virtual conference.

Contact Hours:
The University of Southern Indiana designates this activity for 8.25 contact hours for each day.
CE hours will be available for Nurses, Physicians, Pharmacists, CHES, MCHES, Health Facility Administrators, Indiana licensed Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants and Dental professions. Application for continuing education submitted to IAAP, IAODAPCA, ICAADANAADAC, NASW, Kentucky Board of Certification of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology. 


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