Howard Center’s annual conference brings together national and international speakers and attendees from the United States and Canada. The conference is designed for a broad audience, including mental health and healthcare providers, educators, clients and families, representatives of state and local government, law enforcement, the judiciary, and the general public.
2021 Conference Details:
This day-long conference will be hosted by Howard Center’s Catherine Simonson and moderated by Dr. Jude Smith Rachele of Abundant Sun and Howard Center will offer various perspectives on connection, compassion, and belonging, including themes of confronting stigma, improving access, continuing advocacy, advancing policy, and giving voice.
Throughout the day, speakers will share their perspectives and stories–inspiring attendees to consider how connection, compassion, and belonging impact overall health and well-being and how we create new pathways to improve care and treatment, influence policy, and improve access to quality care that is inclusive and available for all.
Registration will open on February 1, 2021
More information coming soon about our speakers.
Perspectives on Connection, Compassion, and Belonging
March 30 2021 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
- CEUs offered to meet a variety of professional requirements, and a certificate is provided at the end of the day. CEU’s are pending.
- Presenter books will be available for sale online.
Our Conference Event Host and Moderator
Catherine Simonson, LICSW
Dr. Jude Smith Rachele
Through February 28, cancellations are refundable, less a $25 administrative fee. After February 28, refunds will not be provided, but attendee substitutions will be accommodated.
If the event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, we will post the cancellation on our website at www.howardcenter.org and registrations will be non-refundable.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Photos from Previous Conferences
Photos above are from the 2018 Opiates: Scientific, Political, and Social Perspectives conference
Overcoming Adversity: Bold Perspectives on Mental Health and Addiction
June 3, 2019
The conference reflected on current and future trends in mental health and addiction treatment, including themes of confronting stigma, improving access, continuing advocacy, advancing policy, and giving voice. Speakers shared their perspectives and personal stories–inspiring attendees to think boldly about current approaches to treatment and challenging them to create new pathways to overcome adversity, influence policy, and improve access to quality care that is inclusive and available for all.
Opiates: Scientific, Political, and Social Perspectives
May 22, 2018
Opiate use impacts individuals, families, workplaces, and communities everywhere. Presenters discussed various aspects of the current opiate crisis, including the effects of opioid use on the brain, current research and evidence-based treatment options, obstacles to treatment, and practical solutions for reducing opioid-related deaths. Conference speakers included Drs. John Brooklyn, Sally Satel, Stefan Kertesz, and Carl Hart.
A Day with Gabor Maté
January 25, 2017
Renowned speaker and author Dr. Gabor Maté addressed a range of topics, from addiction to mind-body wellness. The 2017 conference included a full day of presentations and discussion with the well-known author, including The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction” and “When The Body Says No: Mind/Body Unity and the Stress-Disease Connection.