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2006.10.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Conference on Meth Treatment Strategies Nov. 2-3

Omaha - A conference will be held Nov. 2-3 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) for substance abuse and mental health professionals, focusing on the best practices for treating methamphetamine addiction.  The conference, "Refining Treatment Strategies: Laying the Foundation for Successful Meth Treatment," is sponsored by UNO's Substance Abuse Training Initiative and the Alegent Health Community Benefit Trust.

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) at UNO recently launched the Substance Abuse Training Initiative (SATI) to address the need for increased treatment capacity in Nebraska.  By providing education and training to treatment providers, SATI hopes to increase the number of Nebraskans who can receive effective substance abuse treatment.

The two-day conference will begin on Thursday, Nov. 2, with a welcoming address from Kermit Brashear, the former speaker of the Nebraska Unicameral and chair of the Community Corrections Council.  Thursday's sessions include an overview of the Methamphetamine Treatment Study, which was completed by CPACS in May of 2006, and an introduction to Motivational Interviewing. 

On Friday, Nov 3, Sam Minsky, a trainer from the Matrix Institute in Los Angeles, will be speaking about the Matrix Model and how it can be used to address the clinical challenges in treating meth addiction.  The Matrix Model has been identified as the best evidenced-based practice for treating methamphetamine addiction.   

"We have received a positive response from treatment providers regarding this conference," said Nicole Kennedy, program coordinator for SATI.  "Research shows that recovery from meth addiction is possible when appropriate treatment is available to users.  Thanks to Alegent, this conference is the first step in getting effective meth treatment in place."

Both days of the conference will start at 8:30 a.m.   All sessions will be held at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St., on UNO's south campus.  The conference registration fee is $15.  Mental health and drug and alcohol continuing education units are available.

For conference or registration information, call (402) 554-3844.

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