Training and Dissemination Projects


The Pacific Southwest Addiction
Technology Transfer Center

Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (rrawson@mednet.ucla.edu)
Thomas E. Freese, Ph.D., Co-Investigator
(tefreese@ix.netcom.com)
Thomas E. Freese, Ph.D., & Michael S. Shafer, Ph.D., Project Directors

The Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC) provides training, acquires and shares information, and promotes incorporation of empirically based substance abuse treatment practices. In order to help community service providers to efficiently produce optimum outcomes, the main work of the PSATTC is to disseminate knowledge about state-of-the-art treatment practices and their delivery. Drawing on research conducted by UCLA ISAP, a major focus of PSATTC work has been to educate providers about the impact of methamphetamine (MA) use and effective treatment strategies for MA-dependent individuals. The PSATTC works to promote changes in attitudes across all involved settings in the Pacific Southwest (including academic and government agencies, as well as among clinicians involved in treating substance abusers) regarding the status of the field, the need to increase cultural competence among substance abuse professionals, the need for greater interaction among stakeholders, and the need for more training for substance abuse professionals. The PSATTC, led by ISAP in partnership with faculty from Arizona State University (ASU), provides an exemplary resource and an extraordinary array of expertise and experience in training, evaluation, and distance learning techniques for substance abuse professionals. The combination of the ISAP and ASU groups, along with stakeholders, consultants, and community organization partners in Arizona, California, and New Mexico, creates an extraordinary resource to meet the extensive and rapidly evolving training and technology transfer needs. (Additional information is available at: www.psattc.org.)

The Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center was funded by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Grant 5 UD1 TL13594 (March 2002 through September 2007).

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Western Conference on Addictions: Improving Treatment with
Scientific Information

Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (rrawson@mednet.ucla.edu)
Thomas E. Freese, Ph.D., Co-Investigator
(tefreese@ix.netcom.com)
Suzanne Spear, M.S., Project Director

The Western Conference on Addictions (WCA) is a major, recurring vehicle for disseminating state-of-the-art information on addictions. Hosted by UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP), the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Matrix Institute, and the Clinical Trials Network - Pacific Region Node, WCA has drawn together experts from across the country to discuss the latest research on addiction and treatment interventions. The target audience for this conference has been psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, nurses, and addiction specialists. The goals of WCA have been to develop state-of-the-art addictions conferences for the West Coast, to offer advanced courses on addiction science to professional therapists working in public and private settings, and to disseminate research findings and provide hands-on instruction on treatment interventions.  The WCA was conducted on March 11-14, 2004, and March 11-13, 2005. Due to budget cuts, no WCA was held in 2006, but plans are being developed to reinitiate the conference in late 2007. (Additional information is available at www.psattc.org.)

Western Conference on Addictions – Improving Treatment with Scientific Information was funded in part by the California Endowment, Grant 20051895 (November 2005 through April 2006).

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California Addiction Training and
Education Series (CATES)

Thomas E. Freese, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (tefreese@ix.netcom.com); Sal Santoyo, Project Director

CATES is a series of one-day trainings (launched in March 2004) designed to provide in-depth information to individuals working with substance-using populations. The information provided is based on sound science but presented in such a way that it is directly useful when working with these clients. CATES trainings cover two topics per year. Each topic is presented in at least two locations across California. The target audience for CATES is substance abuse and mental health treatment providers, administrators, and other professionals (e.g., researchers, psychologists, educators, law enforcement personnel, nurses, and physicians) interested in the latest information on the impact of substance abuse and effective interventions and treatments. Topics covered to date in the CATES series include “Methamphetamine Treatment” and “Engagement and Retention.”  In 2007, CATES will focus on increasing client retention using Motivational Interviewing. (Additional information is available at www.psattc.org.)

CATES was funded in part by the State of California, Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, Contract 05-00231 (October 2005 through September 2006).

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Substance Abuse Research Consortium Conference Contract

Thomas E. Freese, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
(tefreese@ix.netcom.com)
Beth Rutkowski, M.P.H., Project Director

The Substance Abuse Research Consortium (SARC) meetings offer an opportunity for professionals from a variety of disciplines to exchange current information on California substance abuse trends, promising prevention and treatment strategies, criminal justice and social service partnerships, and other substance abuse-related topics. The target audiences for these meetings include substance abuse researchers, treatment providers, administrators, policymakers, and other individuals interested in substance abuse research- and policy-related issues. Recent meetings have been conducted in Sacramento, CA, on Sept. 13-14, 2004 (methamphetamine and criminal justice), Pasadena, CA, on May 9, 2006 (methamphetamine), and Sacramento, CA, Aug. 8-9, 2006 (methamphetamine and criminal justice).  Additionally, the SARC contract has funded two special issues of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. Each of these issues contained articles written by the presenters at the SARC meeting based on the information that they presented. Additional products produced under the SARC contract include white papers on Methamphetamine in the Workplace and Prescription Drug Abuse, and a clinical toolkit on methamphetamine for clinicians. Future meetings and products will be focused on the treatment of women and families. (Additional information is available at www.psattc.org.)

SARC Conference Contract was funded by the State of California, Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, Contract 05-00231 (October 2005 through September 2006).

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UCLA Drug Abuse Research Training Center

Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (rrawson@mednet.ucla.edu)
Thomas E. Freese, Ph.D., Co-Investigator
(tefreese@ix.netcom.com)

The Drug Abuse Research Training Center (DARTC) offers training to three predoctoral fellows and eight postdoctoral Ph.D. and M.D. fellows. This research training program combines a core research methodology curriculum with hands-on training opportunities in an extraordinarily diverse group of research and clinical settings. The goal of the ISAP DARTC is to bring world-class researchers into the field of drug abuse research and help them gain the necessary skills to lead the field and advance the science in the 21st century. Fellows have access to more than 50 doctoral-level research faculty who are ISAP members and also faculty of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Drug abuse research at UCLA covers virtually all aspects of the subject, including basic research on the brain and behavior, clinical research on treatment development, and research on the psychosocial factors of drug abuse and drug abuse policy. Fellows also have the opportunity to develop training and lecturing skills as part of their research training. (Additional information is available at http://www.uclaisap.org/training/pre-and-post-doc-training.html.)

UCLA Drug Abuse Research Training Center was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Grant 2 T32 DA07272 (September 1991 through June 2006).

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Methamphetamine Tool Kit

Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (rrawson@mednet.ucla.edu)

The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs contracted with ISAP to write 20 topical briefing sheets on methamphetamine (MA) for clinicians, counties, and other states. Topics covered included MA use among women, men, adolescents, men who have sex with men, and ethnic minority groups; children exposed to parental MA use and production; MA and criminal justice, MA and HIV and HCV; general health effects of MA; detoxification from MA; MA myths; MA prevalence in California; trends in MA treatment admissions in California; and best practices for treating MA-dependent individuals.

Methamphetamine Tool Kit was funded by the State of California, Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, Grant  05-00135 (April 2006 through June 2006).

Last Updated: 02/01/2007

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