University of Southern Indiana

Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies (IADS)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 13 - 15, 2020                       

The annual Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies will focus on current substance use disorders, alcohol and drug trends, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, 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, HepC 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 submitted to IAAP, IAODAPCA, ICAADANAADAC, Kentucky Board of Certification of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology.

 Keynote Presenters:

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Tim Ryan, Recovering Heroin Addict, A&E's "Dope Man," and National Thought Leader on Opioid Epidemic, is a tireless advocate for long-term recovery.  Mr. Ryan is no stranger to addiction. Despite a successful business career, Mr. Ryan found himself in the grips of heroin and, ultimately, was sentenced to seven years in prison for drug-related convictions; he got clean and sober behind bars. Six months after his release, tragedy struck. His son Nick, for whom Tim had paved the way to use deadly drugs, died tragically from an overdose. Reaching beyond the devastation and heartbreak, Tim used Nick’s death as the inspiration to spread hope, believing that if even one addict or family could be spared the horrors of addiction, he would make a difference. As a result, he founded A Man in Recovery Foundation, a nonprofit that helps anyone find treatment and recovery.  Mr. Ryan has been a featured thought leader in numerous national media,  dozens of nationally syndicated radio shows, is the author of the bestselling book, From Dope to Hope and is the National Outreach Director for Transformations Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. His message is inspiring, because he has walked the journey of addiction and recovery. He spreads hope and tools to those who need them most.

 Thursday, May 14, 2020

Patrick McElwaine, PsyD, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Holy Family University and a faculty member at the Beck Institute. Dr. McElwaine has over 20 years clinical experience in various settings including outpatient community mental health clinics, residential treatment facilities, primary care settings, clinical private practice, and inpatient treatment, with expertise in addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Dr. McElwaine’s research interests focus on addiction, mental health, and stigma with an emphasis on contributing to recovery-oriented principles such as resiliency, empowerment, confidence, autonomy, and a sense of purpose. Dr. McElwaine is a member of multiple professional psychology organizations and he serves on the Montgomery County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council. At settings including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), various school and hospital organizations, and the Lilly Conference, he has conducted numerous presentations related to mental health, addiction, stigma, and pedagogy. Dr. McElwaine earned a PsyD. in clinical psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015.

 Friday, May 15

 Back by popular demand, we are excited to welcome back Detective James Budde and Mr. Steve Lockyear to present our half-day Friday session.  Detective Budde has been employed with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years and has worked in corrections, motor patrol and criminal investigations.  He is currently an investigator assigned to the Evansville- Vanderburgh County Joint Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force. 

Mr. Lockyear has worked in the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s office for more than 10 years and is the current elected Vanderburgh County Coroner.  Prior to joining the Coroner’s office, Mr. Lockyear was a Detective in the Vanderburgh Sheriff’s Office for 25 years.


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 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 Jennifer Hertel at by April 26, 2020. For questions, call Jennifer at 812-461-5463.

Date & Time: Wednesday & Thursday, May 13 & 14, 8 am to 5 pm; Friday, May 15, 8 am to 12 noon.

$315 for all three days

$134 for Wednesday 

$134 Thursday 

$75 for Friday 

$120 for students for all three  days (use promo code IADSSTUD3)
$60 for students for Wednesday or Thursday (use promo code IADSSTUDWTH)
$35 for Friday (use promo code IADSFRI)

If registering after May 3, fees are increased by $15 per day. (Includes continental breakfast all three days, lunch on day one and two and CE certificate)

Contact Hours: 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.

Contact Hours: Up to 8.25 each day for Wednesday and Thursday, 3.5 for Friday

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