Training and Dissemination Projects


Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Scientific Conference/Workshop
Yih-Ing Hser, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (yhser@ucla.edu)

The UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) hosted the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Scientific Conference/Workshop at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica on February 12-13, 2007.  The target audience for this event was graduate students, junior and senior investigators, and health and healthcare professionals interested in AAPI addiction research.  The conference/workshop showcased interdisciplinary addiction research by renowned AAPI and other researchers working to translate basic research discoveries into medications, treatments, or prevention methods, thereby fostering routine use in community-based settings.  It also highlighted applications of translational addiction research among Asian and Pacific Islander populations in international studies, while focusing on the career development of the next generation of AAPI addiction researchers.  For more information, visit www.caldar.org.

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Scientific Conference/Workshop was co-sponsored by the University of California Tobacco-Related Disease Research program, grant number 16ST-0214 (February 1, 2007, to February 28, 2007).


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 2008).


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).


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 2008).


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 2012).


Integrated Services for Co-Occurring Mental Health and
Substance Abuse Disorders for Children (0–15)

Thomas Freese, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (tefreese@ix.netcom.com)
Richard Rawson, Ph.D., Co-Investigator
Sherry Larkins, Ph.D., Project Director

The ISAP training department has been contracted by the LAC Department of Mental Health (DMH) to provide skills-based trainings and supervision on co-occurring disorders to DMH staff of children’s agencies. In 2008, ISAP will provide up to 20 interactive and didactic trainings throughout LAC, along with targeted on-going coaching and mentoring to help staff acquire new skills for treating clients with co-occurring disorders (COD). ISAP is collaborating with three community-based organizations, with expertise in both integrated treatment and training of providers, to design a new training curriculum based on an integrated model of intervention for co-occurring substance and mental health disorders for children ages 0-15 and their caregivers. The training is designed to increase skills and improve the effectiveness of DMH staff in caring for this hard-to-treat population. The curriculum will be split into two training modules. The first will include an overview of the integrated approach to treating COD and information on developmentally appropriate screening and assessment of children and their caregivers. The second module will focus on the issue of trauma as it relates to treating children and their caregivers who have co-occurring disorders. Each training module will be offered multiple times in several regions throughout the county to ensure that the training program is accessible to as many DMH staff and with as few barriers to participation as possible.

Integrated Services for Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders for Children (0–15) was funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Contract (November 2007 to December 2008).


METH INSIDE OUT Video Series

Thomas Freese, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (tefreese@ix.netcom.com)

METH INSIDE OUT is a groundbreaking video-based treatment curriculum on methamphetamine addiction and recovery. The series is designed to equip meth users, their families and the professionals who assist them with a solid understanding of the neurological basis of addiction, effective tools for recovery, and, most importantly, hope for the future. Presented by UCLA, the world leaders in methamphetamine research, and Eyes of the World Media Group, this research-based series presents the most up-to-date information in a compelling and easy-to-understand format. METH INSIDE OUT emphasizes the human impact of addiction by sharing personal stories of users and their families. Shot in high definition with state-of-the-art graphics, the series goes beyond presenting information by engaging and inspiring viewers. Created for maximum flexibility, the curriculum is designed to meet the needs of treatment centers, jails/prisons, community centers, social service agencies and universities. The series is comprised of five episodes, which can be used individually or as a set. Companion Leader’s Guides allow counselors to maximize the educational potential of each episode. After an initial overview episode (The Complete Picture), each subsequent episode focuses on a critical set of topics: the brain and behavior (Brain & Behavior), the body (The Physical Reality), family (Rebuilding Relationships), and treatment (Windows to Recovery).

Methamphetamine Video Series was funded by the State of California Alcohol and Drug Programs, Contract 06-00169 (June 2007 to June 2009).

Last Updated:  03/30/2009

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