Optional Events

Psychotherapy for Substance Use: Brief Interventions

Presented by Dr. Wiplove Lamba

Wednesday, November 13, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
Price: $225 + HST per person | $125 + HST for Students
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Light breakfast, lunch and coffee included

Dr. Wiplove LambaJoin Dr. Wiplove Lamba for an in-depth exploration of evidence-based psychotherapies and behavioural tools that improve outcomes for patients with substance use disorder and behavioural addictions.

The session will introduce you to key concepts in:

  • Motivational Interviewing;
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy;
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy;
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy;
  • Community Reinforcement Approach; and
  • Contingency Management.

You will also be introduced to new approaches for treating concurrent trauma and substance use. Participants will be invited to watch pre-recorded didactic presentations online before arriving in Hamilton, so that the training session can focus on building competence and experiential exercises. Attendees will receive permission to use the documents provided in the workshop, and will gain access to a community of practice.

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

The art of engagement and behavior change: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing and the Community Reinforcement Approach. Exercises: Spirit of MI and functional analysis.

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Advanced approaches to behavior change: A look at distress tolerance skills and behavior chain analysis. Exercises: Behaviour chain analysis and teaching distress tolerance skills.

10:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Complex trauma, PTSD and substance use: A look at stage wise approach vs. trauma treatment for concurrent disorders.
Exercises: Mock group and grounding strategies.

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Changing the environment: Contingency management and support for the family member in practice. Exercises: Communication skills and completing CM workshop.

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Debrief, evaluations and questions

Violence, Evidence, Guidance, Action (VEGA) Workshop: Recognizing and Responding Safely to Intimate Partner Violence in Clinical Encounters

Presented by Anne Niec & Melissa Kimber

Wednesday, November 13, 2024 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
Price: $75 + HST | 30 people max
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Afternoon snacks and refreshments included

Caregivers working in addictions see clients and patients with a range of risk factors and symptoms that are associated with family violence. In this interactive workshop, participants will receive evidence-based guidance on how to recognize and respond safely to signs of family violence, including child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. Presenters will introduce participants to an online platform of evidence-based education resources that includes care pathways, scripts, how-to videos, interactive educational scenarios, a handbook, and more. The goal is to equip healthcare and social service providers with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to support clients and patients who may have experienced family violence. 

About the VEGA Project

The Violence, Evidence, Guidance, and Action Project — known as The VEGA Project — has created pan-Canadian, evidence-based guidance and education resources to assist healthcare and social service providers in recognizing and responding safely to family violence. The resources were developed with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada in collaboration with 22 national healthcare and social service organizations. VEGA focuses on three main types of family violence: child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and children’s exposure to intimate partner violence.

Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine

Sunday, November 17, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
Price: $175 + HST / $125 + HST for Students
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Light breakfast, lunch and coffee included

Presented by leading Canadian practitioners, the CSAM-SMCA Fundamentals of Addiction Course provides clinicians and students with a solid foundation for continued learning in addictions care and treatment. The course covers biopsychosocial approaches to addiction as well as assessment, diagnosis, brief intervention and referral to treatment. Hear relevant, practical 30 to 60-minute presentations on the most commonly used substances including alcohol, sedatives, cannabis, opioids and stimulants, and a short introduction to concurrent disorders. This year’s course will include an on-line module on Alcohol Use Disorder to be completed prior to the course in preparation for the case-based interactive workshop session held during the course applying the principles in a real-world practical manner. 

Exploring Various Tours

Thursday, November 14, 2024

Discover the offerings of nearby facilities through guided tours offered by different organizations. Engage with fellow conference participants and these organizations. Each tour is arranged by the respective company.

NOTE: You must be a registered conference participant to attend a facility tour.