MARCH 9, 2018

    UVU Conference on Addiction

    The seventh annual UVU Conference on Addiction will be held Friday, March 9, 2017, from 9 am - 4:30 pm at the Sorensen Student Center. Addiction Recovery advocate Ben Aldana will be our keynote speaker and Dr. H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM, will be our plenary speaker. This conference will cover a wide range of issues concerning addiction treatment, prevention, recovery, non-chemical addictive behavior, and more. it is designed to meet the needs of professionals, community members, and students.

    **6 NASW CEUs will be available for those interested. Our Ethics session has been approved specifically for an Ethics CEU.

    Third Region (Section 3)


    KEYNOTE: Ben Aldana

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    After spending a little over six years in federal prison, Ben Aldana made the transition from prison to his community at the age of 29. In 2014, he graduated from UVU with a BS in Behavioral Science, a minor in Political Science, and a certificate in Substance Use Disorder Counseling, and is now a third-year law student at Brigham Young University. Ben credits the entirely ‘undeserved help’ that he has been given throughout his process of reentering society (by his family and numerous friends – not from the countless, abysmal failures of the current system of criminal justice in America), with allowing him to succeed where others (just as capable) have unfortunately failed. Because he attributes the opportunities he has had since his release from prison and the life that he currently enjoys to the charity of others, he plans to work as a public defender after he graduates from law school in May 2018.

    PLENARY: H. Westley Clark

    H. Westley Clark

    Dr. H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, DFASAM is currently the Dean's Executive Professor of Public Health at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. He is formerly the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, where he led the agency's national effort to provide effective and accessible treatment to all Americans with addictive disorders. Dr. Clark was also the former chief of the Associated Substance Abuse Programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco, California, and a former associate clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). 


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    Toni Harris
    Assistant Dean
    College of Humanities & Social Sciences
    Utah Valley University


    Accessibility Services


    For accessibility information or to request accommodations, please contact the Irene Whittier at:

    (801) 863-5300 or

    Requests should be made at least one week in advance.

    Parking Information


    Parking is free in the Parking Garage for conference registrants. You can find details on this map.