Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

July 14, 2005 14:03 ET

CSC: PEI Hosts Third National Summer Institute on Addictions

MONTAGUE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(CCNMatthews - July 14, 2005) - Professional researchers and leading Canadian experts in the substance abuse and mental health fields will meet in Charlottetown July 18 to 21 to participate in the third National Summer Institute on Addictions. Co-sponsored by the Addictions Research Centre of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), the Institute will focus on assessment and treatment planning.

The theme for this year's event, Mapping Change: Assessment and Treatment Planning builds on important conclusions from CCSA's recent report Optimizing Canada's Addiction Workforce which shows that managers and frontline addiction workers have a high level of interest in assessment and treatment planning.

"The overall aim of this Institute will be to present up-to-date, evidence-based information on screening, assessment and treatment planning for individuals using alcohol and other drugs, particularly for those experiencing dependency," said CSC's Addictions Research Centre Director Brian Grant.

"The Institute demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that the treatment workforce is able to deliver services of the highest quality," said Lianne Calvert, Director of Training and Workforce Development at CCSA. "This lecture-based approach and small workshop format has proven effective as a means of transferring knowledge and strengthening the skills of the dedicated professionals who attend."

The four-day seminar is designed for professionals in the substance abuse, health, criminal justice and corrections fields who have an understanding of the issues pertaining to the assessment and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. Through the Institute, CCSA and CSC are ensuring that the most current knowledge is transferred to practitioners and program developers from all regions of the country.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Brian Grant
    Director, Addictions Research Centre
    (902) 838-5905
    Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
    Enid Harrison
    (613) 235-4048, ext. 237