The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and Correctional Service Canada’s Addiction Research Centre (ARC) continue to organize and host the National Summer Institute on Addictions (NSI).
The sixth NSI was held July 12–15, 2010, at the Stanhope Beach Resort, Prince Edward Island. The theme—Building Bridges: Justice, Addictions and Mental Health—explored assessment, treatment and aftercare in the contexts of offenders, women, First Nations and concurrent disorders. The 2010 NSI registration form and program guide are still available for reference.
The NSI format focused on panel and/or plenary speakers in the morning followed by workshops in the afternoon, during which participants could enhance their skills. More information on speakers, workshops and other events at NSI is provided on subsequent pages.
We were fortunate to be joined on July 13 by Patrick Augustine from the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick. Patrick welcomed participants to the territory with drumming and song, and also offered a prayer and special healing song for participants.
What participants said about NSI 2010:
- DiClemente was one of the highlights of the event!
- It was the thought of learning from DiClemente that initially prompted me to want to attend the Institute.
- Wayne has a way of delivering the message...Excellent. I loved it.
- Louise and Wayne kept this presentation so real and everyone so interested.
- It was good to hear about the role of spirituality on the healing journey from other religions. I enjoyed listening to them all.
- Nice to get a systems tie-in for such a strongly clinically driven Institute. Rebecca was good in providing current research on this topic. Very knowledgeable.
- The workshop was fun, engaging and truly informative. Love John's interpersonal style and wit.
- I could have listened to Louise all day. She was dynamic and interesting and respectful to all in attendance.
- Gloria led a very effective workshop, was respectful to all participants in attendance, and allowed the participants to learn from each other’s experience.
- I learned how far we need to go to build bridges between those who still subscribe to the disease model of addiction and those who subscribe to a more multifaceted approach.
- Greg’s workshop was very interactive and engaging!
- I was really able to transfer the information to my job as a nurse dealing with methadone. I was excited to learn about cognitive-behavioural techniques from Guy.
- It was incredible!
- Thank you so much for the wonderful experience! The size and set-up of the Institute was a wonderful way to meet folks from different fields and to have very rich conversations.