The Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for
Community Behavioral Health (MARTI-CBH) Conference, “Addictions, Violence and
Crimes: TIPS (Treatment, Intervention and Prevention) for Families, Schools, and
Communities,” will be held July 9–13, 2018, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
This cross-disciplinary conference will provide an
in-depth focus on the opiate and opioid addiction crisis and how to help
populations of all ages affected by addictions and issues like violence and
crime due to addictions.
Experts also will address timely topics like the
impact of trauma on first responders and the communities they serve; the
conundrum of medical marijuana; issues related to reducing recidivism in
batterer intervention programs; counseling creativity; the stigma surrounding
substance use disorders; and a workshop on My New Leaf, a mobile app
personalized for those in recovery and for probation officers.
Ryan Brannon, a 2015 IUP graduate, developed the My
New Leaf app with a team of students while he was a senior at IUP. It won the
$10,000 first-place prize in the 2015 Student Business Plan Competition.
Brannon is CEO of My New Leaf, Inc. His workshop, presented with IUP sociology
faculty member John Cookus, will take place at 1:15 and 3:00 p.m. on July 12.
The conference is open to the community; persons may
attend for a day or for multiple days. Preregistration for academic credit is
required by June 29, but walk-in registrations are welcome. The conference will
be held at the IUP Humanities and Social Sciences building.
For each of the five days of training, there will be
nationally renowned keynote speakers as well as a variety of breakout sessions
focused on both research and clinical training. Daily panels within the larger
conference are organized according to sub-themes. Afternoon sessions will focus
on in-depth training on special topics, including ethical practice in clinical
work with opioid users.
Keynote presenter David Hickton, former US Attorney
for the Western District of Pennsylvania, will open the conference on July 9 at
10:00 a.m. with “Combating the Opioid Epidemic.”
Additional keynote faculty and their presentations
Other workshop and panel topics include:
Programmatic and registration questions can be made to
Crystal Deemer at 724-357-1288. The complete conference schedule is available on the MARTI Summer School Conference website.
Financial sponsors for the 2018 Summer Conference
include Community Care Behavioral Health and UPMC Health Plan.
The 2018 program is the 28th annual MARTI summer
conference. MARTI (founded in 1988 as the Mid-Atlantic Addiction and Training
Institute) is one of 40-plus centers and institutes at IUP. For decades, MARTI
has been a powerhouse organized around a consortium of academic and
professional experts in the field of alcohol abuse treatment, domestic violence
intervention, and related mental health issues.
Since 2012, the institute’s new director, associate
director, and research associates have expanded the institute’s early focus to
include new initiatives—among them, alcohol and drug research, veterans’
reintegration, family and mental health issues, training conferences for health
professionals and educators, and community outreach.
Currently, MARTI personnel
are taking a three-pronged approach to addressing the opioid and suicide crises
by obtaining research grants, community outreach, and professional development
and training. The 2017 conference kicked off the professional and training