Utah Valley University’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences will present its annual Conference on Addiction on Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center.
The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Christopher Kennedy Lawford. In recovery from drug addiction for more than two decades, Lawford tirelessly campaigns on behalf of the recovery community. He currently works with the United Nations, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the World Health Organization. Lawford’s keynote address will be held at 9 a.m. in the Grande Ballroom.
“Mr. Lawford’s unique perspective on addiction draws from his personal experience,” said Toni Harris, assistant dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “He also holds a master’s certification in clinical psychology from Harvard Medical School, so he is the perfect person to address addiction recovery professionals, our students who are interested in this work, and those who are facing their own challenges with addiction.”
The conference will feature several concurrent sessions designed to meet the interests and needs of those seeking professional information on chemical dependency as well as compulsive behavioral addiction, educational perspectives regarding prevention and treatment, and information for families and loved ones experiencing the challenges of addiction. Continuing education units are also available for professionals working in addiction recovery and related fields.
“After a few short years, the UVU addiction conference has become the largest one-day conference of its kind in Utah,” said Richard Nance, director of the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment. “I have heard from several participants that this year’s curriculum is right on target considering the issues facing addiction treatment providers today.”
Community and state service providers will be on hand to provide additional resources, information packets and insight to participants visiting their exhibition booths.
UVU is a leader in addiction recovery education in Utah County. In addition to the annual conference, the school’s Department of Behavioral Science offers a Substance Use Disorder Counseling certificate program.
The conference is open to the public. Current UVU students can attend the conference for free, and ticket prices for interested community members start at $49. The college is also offering a combined ticket package starting at $74 that includes six approved continuing education units. To view the complete schedule or to register, visit uvu.edu/chss/addiction.
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