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July 2021

Harm Reduction and Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) in South Africa

11 AM (SAST)
This video features personal vignettes of South African residents who have experience with addiction and treatment. Their stories, paired with an overview of current practices in South Africa, provide helpful context in the current climate of drug use in the country. This video is aimed at reducing stigma against those who experience addiction and rally more supporters towards harm reduction, MAT and other forms of treatment.
Location: West St, Gauteng North, Gauteng, 0182, South Africa, Pretoria
Contact Name: Sara Wells
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Piloting a mental health training programme for community health workers in South Africa

7/14/2021 - 7/14/2021
10 AM (SAST)
There is a shortage of trained mental health workers in spite of the significant contribution of psychiatric disorders to the global disease burden. Task shifting, through the delegation of health care tasks to less specialised health workers such as community health workers (CHWs), is a promising approach to address the human resource shortage. CHWs in the Western Cape province of South Africa provide comprehensive chronic support which includes that for mental illness, but have thus far not received standardized mental health training. It is unknown whether a structured mental health training programme would be acceptable and feasible, and result improved knowledge, confidence and attitudes amongst CHWs.
Location: West St, Gauteng North, Gauteng, 0182, South Africa, Pretoria
Contact Name: Samuel
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Advancing Awareness in LGBTQ Care, Part II: LGBTQ Youth, Community & Alcohol Misuse

Time: 12pm - 1:30pm Eastern Time

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth are consistently marginalized and as a result are at greater risk of alcohol misuse. This workshop will identify the unique challenges LGBTQ youth face, address indicators that lead LGBTQ youth to misuse alcohol, strategies that address the specific needs of this demographic, and critical tools to affirm LGBTQ youth in your community. By working with LGBTQ youth in their early development, you have the power to support youth to engage in a community where they can embrace their identity—decreasing the statistic of alcohol misuse.
Location: Online Event
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2021 ICUDDR Virtual Conference

7/20/2021 - 7/21/2021
The 2021 ICUDDR Virtual Conference will be held on July 20 & 21, 2021. Theme: “Sustaining and Adapting Addiction Science to Virtual Realities”
Location: Online event
Contact Name: Cary Hopkins Eyles
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August 2021

Opportunity to publish a scientific article on New Psychoactive Substances!

UNODC is proud to be the co-editor of Special Issue “New Drug and other Behavioural Trends During Social-Distancing for the COVID-19 Pandemic” of the Journal “Emerging Trends in Drugs, Addictions, and Health” and cordially invites you to submit abstracts for consideration.

The important thing to note is that everything will be open access and free of charge, so this is really about putting science at the disposal of the wider community of practice. Contributions need to be submitted by 15 August 2021.
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Advancing Awareness in LGBTQ Care, Part III: Working with LGBTQ2S+ Native American Clients

Time: 12pm - 1:30pm Eastern Time

Despite being at increased risk for developing substance use disorders and other mental health issues, LGBTQ2S+ Native American clients are little studied in the clinical literature. This deficit in awareness and care considerations can lead to significant gaps in care for this priority population. In this presentation, the presenters will discuss ways in which practitioners can effectively and compassionately work with this population by integrating Western and Indigenous medicine and therapeutic principles.
Location: Online Event
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September 2021

Part IV: Shaping Affirming Responses for Historically “Invisibilized” LGBTQIA+ Populations

Time: 12pm - 1:30pm Eastern Time

Within our westernized society, issues affecting LGBTQIA+ community are garnering public recognition and attention. Despite the current relevance of the LGBTIA+ community in current media, effective culturally responsive treatment approaches and tools are lacking in the diversity of modalities and approaches. How can clinicians learn from and utilize present day attention and historical “invisibilization,” stigma, and shame to develop affirming treatment approaches for LGBTQIA+ people seeking care in their community? This presentation will discuss the influence of homophobia, transphobia, and queer aversion within historical, societal, and personal contexts with focus on the necessity to craft culturally responsive treatment methods for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Location: Online Event
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October 2021

NAADAC 2021 Annual Conference

10/28/2021 - 10/30/2021

December 2021

National Addiction Leadership Conference

12/7/2021 - 12/9/2021
NAATP National 2021, scheduled for December 7-9, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.
Location: Denver, Colorado
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