NAADAC Addresses Addiction Care Among Blacks


Plus: Addiction treatment webinars, and a collaboration between Otsuka and Mindset to develop psychedelic medicines

By Darya Daneshmand

New & Next: Community

NAADAC’s “Engagement in the Black Community”

In its second year, NAADAC’s “Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit” will be held virtually on Feb. 24 and 25. The summit, developed by NAADAC’s Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee (CIBCC), provides a forum for professionals to discuss key issues relevant to addiction treatment and recovery within the Black community over two days of immersive training sessions and panel discussions.

Six sessions will take place, with five available on-demand for those unable to attend the live event. Registration for the summit is open to all professionals and is free for members, though non-members must pay a fee to receive CEs. (See the full schedule and featured speakers.)

New & Next: Webinars

Client-Counselor Gender Differences

Taking place Jan. 12 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST, the NAADAC webinar “Perspectives: Navigating Gender Differences Between Counselor and Client” will cover how counselors can support clients of different genders and use strategies for approaching potential gender-related barriers to treatment. 

Forced Migration and Development of Co-occurring Disorders

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation webinar “Migration-Induced Trauma: Creating Recovery Paths” will examine the relationship between migration-induced trauma and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders within a culturally sensitive framework. Economic, social, political and environmental forces that cause people to leave their home countries can often result in traumatic stress. Attendees can expect to gain an understanding of factors that contribute to forced migration and co-occurring disorders—particularly among Latinx migrants—and the consequences of culturally misinformed treatment interventions. The event will take place on Jan. 12 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.n. EST. Register here.

Client-centered Treatment Plans

The Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno will stage a free webinar for clinicians entitled “Treatment Planning MATRS for DPBH” on Jan. 13 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will teach skills in developing client-centered treatment plans and utilizing tools for client goal development. Additional details and registration can be found here.

New & Next: Industry

Psychedelic Medicines in Development

Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s McQuade Center for Strategic Research and Development (MSRD) and the drug discovery and development company Mindset Pharma announced on Jan. 5 their collaboration to develop psychedelic medicines. Development of two families of Mindset’s medical psychedelic compounds will be financially and operationally supported by MSRD. The collaboration includes a $5 million payment from MSRD to Mindset, and the two entities may further their collaboration for development of pharmaceutical products in the future.