Annual Conference

Annual Conference sponsored by Akron UMADAOP

Recap of the 20th Annual Conference
"The Next Level IV: Are We There Yet?
was the theme of the 2012 Annual Conference and Dinner, which focused on family, healing and improving outcomes for our clients through various strategies.

Our keynote speaker was Dr. Brenda Combs whos journey from homeless to Professor was inspiring and motivating.
Dr. Combs is the founder of Finding My Shoes, a charitable organization that serves the homeless and underserved communities – people for whom she frequently lobbies. Additionally, she and her husband run an extremely successful
transitional program for women who have been incarcerated.

Conference attendees were awarded 22.50 RCH’s in Prevention and Treatment and 22.5 CPE’s in Social Work, Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.



Akron-UMADAOP, Inc. takes great pride in sponsoring an Annual Conference designed to provide providers and community individuals across the State of Ohio, as well as other states with the most comprehensive learning experience in the areas of Clinical Services and Prevention Services. This conference enables the participants an opportunity to explore, learn and rethink the constantly evolving field of alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment services.

The Conference is designed for Treatment Counselors, Preventionists, Program Directors, Case Managers, Social Workers, Community Individuals and Leaders, Clinical Supervisors, Juvenile and Adult Probation and Parole Officers, Educators, Health Care Practitioners, Criminal Justice Professionals, Board Members, Policymakers, Researchers, and other Stakeholders involved in providing services related to the critical needs of consumer care with the use of current research and best practices. 

"Strengthening Families through Family-Centered Practices” - is the title of our 21st Annual Conference scheduled for October 9-11, 2013 at Days Inn and Suites in Richfield, Ohio.

Our conference will emphasize key components of strong family-centered practices. The conference participants will have the opportunity to engage in various workshop sessions that will be centered on the following components:

  • Working with the family unit to ensure the safety and well-being of the family members and themselves
  • Strengthening the capability and the capacity of families to function efficiently
  • Empowering, engaging, and partnering with families during the course of the decision- and goal-making processes
  • Providing, culturally receptive, flexible, personalized and appropriate services for each family
  • Connecting families with all-inclusive, cooperative, collaborative, culturally relevant, community-based networks of supports and services through their communities
  • Pastor Marvin Winans will be our keynote speaker.
Workshop Sessions
Changing the Family Legacy
Improving Children’s Mental Health Outcomes: What?
Why and How?
The Importance of Kinship Care to the Family Structure
Health Disparities and Community Health
Navigating Families Through the System of Care Process
Family Recovery Includes Children Too!
Ethics and Values in the Field of Prevention and Addiction Services
Understanding Culture and Worldview in Family Systems: Use of the Multicultural Genogram
Prevention and Response to Mass Trauma and Disaster: How Trauma-Informed Organizations Mitigate Harm and
Promote Health
The Fight Against Human Trafficking: A Prepared Community Response

For additional information regarding the upcoming Conference, please download the brochure and registration form.


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