Call for Presentations 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5:00 pm PST. 

Event Date: August 14-18, 2019
Location: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

700 Aliceanna Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

The National Conference on Alcohol & Addiction Disorders (NCAD) is accepting presentation proposals for the 2019 conference. NCAD provides the most extensive educational experience for professionals working in addiction prevention, treatment, aftercare, and management, with dedicated topics for clinicians, executives, and marketers.

The 2019 NCAD educational program will designed to provide both CME and CE accreditation.

 NCAD’s attendees are grouped into three categories: 

  • Clinical and medical professionals who deliver prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery-focused services to prevent or treat addictions and co-occurring disorders
  • The executive leadership of treatment organizations, including residential treatment centers, community mental health centers, inpatient hospitals, intensive outpatient and other outpatient settings, as well as investors in the market working with these organizations
  • Business development, marketing, and admissions professionals focused in the addiction/behavioral healthcare field.

Conference Focus

Knowledge that builds and sustains clinical excellence in treatment of addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders, as well as strategies and tools that drive organizational and service delivery excellence.

Target Audience Education Level

The National Conference on Alcohol & Addiction Disorders audience consists of experienced treatment professionals who have been working in the field and have a clear understanding of the issues.  Presentation submissions will be evaluated on intermediate and advanced level of education. 

Presentation Format:

Educational Sessions, August 15-18, 2019 (90-minutes including Question and Answer period). 


The presenter(s) will be responsible for all travel (air, transportation and hotel), a discounted hotel rate through the conference will be available to the presenters and he/she will waive any honorariums, please keep this in mind for budgeting purposes.


Up to two (2) presenters per session will receive complimentary full conference registrations to the conference.  We do not offer any honorariums for presenters.  Presenters will be offered the discounted conference hotel rate.

Presentation Topics

The NCAD Advisory Board will consider presentations on any topic area related to addiction treatment. Some suggested topic areas are below. 

For the Clinical Program:

  • Alcohol Use: Research and latest treatment methods for treating alcohol use disorder (AUD), binge drinking, fetal alcohol syndrome, and other alcohol-related disease.
  • Advances in Medication Assisted Treatment: Treatment options and the development of therapies to address addiction and OUD as a chronic disease with long-lasting effects, with a particular emphasis on education for prescribers
  • Co-Occurring Disorders: Case studies that demonstrate effective integrated care for co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders
  • Counseling/Clinical Strategies: The latest practical guidance and evidence-based information on what works in treating addictions and mental disorders.
  • Ethics: Guidance on ethical dilemmas facing addiction counselors and/or the organizations that employ them
  • Families in Treatment: Addressing successfully implemented strategies for improving family members' engagement in treatment, continuing care and recovery support
  • Integrated Care: Recognizing the role of the Primary Care Physician. Models such as SBIRT that build upon the unique relationship often between patients with behavioral health problems and their standard caregiver
  • Law Enforcement, Justice, and First Responder: Discussions on how fire fighters, police, EMTs, and other first responders can be better prepared to help those suffering from behavioral healthcare disorders
  • Prevention/Intervention: Current applications of research findings on early intervention to lessen the impact of substance use problems 
  • Process Addictions: Clinical strategies for problem gambling, sex addiction, eating disorders and other issues that often intersect with substance use 
  • Special Populations: Overcoming obstacles to recovery that are specific to the genders, to ethnic or sexual minorities, or to other underserved groups    
  • Pain Management: Strategies for effective treatment of pain in addiction treatment settings
  • Prevention/Public Health: What is working in schools, businesses, etc., to educate at-risk communities on the dangers of substance use, as well as campaigns to address the stigma connected to behavioral healthcare conditions and prevent trauma that leads to them
  • Professional Development: Information on professional credentialing, effective supervision and training, or self-care
  • Recovery Support Oriented Systems and Models: Advances in services that reinforce a recovery-oriented system of care
  • Treatment and Recovery-Primary Mental Health: Clinical strategies for treating people with trauma, shame, eating disorder, and other mental health related conditions, with a focus on techniques such as mindfulness, EMDR, etc.

For the Leadership and Management Program:

  • Policy: Evolving legislative and regulatory actions affecting service delivery, care, payers and reimbursement
  • Compliance: Essentials for building and exercising a strong compliance program, from boardroom to front desk
  • Outcomes and Measurement: Understanding and implementing measures of therapeutic effectiveness, service quality, and organizational impact 
  • Operations: Strategies, structures, and measures for reenergizing organizational performance
  • Services: Envisioning, creating, launching, and sustaining new treatment modalities and service offerings—with a focus on the business perspective
  • Integration: How behavioral health providers build and measure effective, coordinated care relationships with physical health
  • Technology: Optimizing service delivery, efficiency, impact, and quality using telecommunications and information technology
  • Marketing: Developing, marketing, and sustaining your organization’s reputation among prospects, funders, and communities
  • M&A: Practical considerations and proven approaches for identifying and completing successful M&A activity
  • Payers and Reimbursement: Treatment outcomes, data analysis, population health models, and other trends impacting primarily non-government payers of behavioral healthcare services, such as third-party insurance companies and large companies with their own health plans 

Selection/Submission of Acceptance

The Conference committee will accept presenter applications based on the following criteria:

  • Clear learning objectives
  • Supporting evidence–based data from research or demonstrated results
  • Intent to provide details on how to implement a successful program

Submissions that appear overly commercial or promote a product or service will not be considered.

Please have available for your submission:

  • Session title
  • Session description
  • 3 Session objectives
  • 3 Post-Session Evaluation Questions and Answers
  • Presenter bios (all Presenters)
  • Presenter Photo (all Presenters)
  • Education Background/CV (all Presenters)
  • Presenters Contact Info


Notification/Conditions of Acceptance

The Program Committee will contact chosen presenters by e-mail by January 12, 2019. It is expressly understood that the presentation submitted may be scheduled at any time and on any of the conference dates at the discretion of the conference program committee. 

Please also note any submission will need to meet criteria for Continuing Education credits. The criteria and guidelines are established by professional credentialing organizations.

Each presenter will be required to complete and sign a "Conflict of Interest Reporting Form." That form will be provided to presenters if they are invited to speak at NCAD, and the completed form must be received by NCAD before the presenters will be placed on the Summit agenda.

If you have a question about your submission please contact:  Gina Meyer at