University of Southern Indiana

IADS Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies


Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 16 - 18, 2018                       

The annual Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies (IADS) will focus on current substance use disorders in addition to sex addiction and compulsivity, dialectical behavior therapy, peer recovery, sober housing, current regional trends in drug use and drug-related death patterns. In addition to a variety of other topics, the Institute will also provide HIV, HepC and Ethics education.  This inter-professional conference provides practical tools and ground-breaking information related to successful intervention, rehabilitation, and treatment.

 Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D., President of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, and a senior fellow for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, will provide the first day plenary and afternoon concurrent sessions.  Dr. Carnes is a licensed marriage and family therapist, an AAMFT approved supervisor and works with sexually addicted clients and their families.  Dr. Carnes is also a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, specializing in therapy for couples and families struggling with sexual addiction. Dr. Carnes is a national speaker in the behavioral health field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States. She is also the author of numerous publications including her books, Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Addiction: Starting Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs.

 Bari Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC and Osvaldo Cabral, MA, LPC, LAC will provide the plenary and afternoon concurrent sessions on the second day as well as the plenary sessions during the Friday half day sessions. 

Ms. Platter has a master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for over 25 years.  In 2016 Ms. Platter won the Florence Nightingale Luminary Award for Innovation in Non-Traditional Practice in the state of Colorado. In addition to facilitating several groups at CeDAR and providing individual therapy, Ms. Platter also teaches at the University Of Colorado College Of Nursing in the graduate program, provides clinical supervision at the University Of Colorado Hospital’s Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic and presents at numerous local, regional and national conferences.

 Mr. Cabral is currently the Clinical Director of Choice House in Boulder, Colorado.  He has worked in addictions and mental health since 2002 with expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), skills training, chronically mentally ill and treating dually diagnosed clients.  Additional areas of specialization include aggression replacement training, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-focused therapies.  Mr. Cabral has worked in various treatment settings including residential, outpatient treatment facilities, domestic violence, sex offender clinics, and community mental health centers. Mr. Cabral founded and operates Song of the Wolf Healing Center, a wolf and wolf-hybrid rescue located in Bailey, Colorado

 Ms. Platter and Mr. Cabral published a curriculum with Hazelden Publishing, on the integration of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with 12-step philosophy. 

Gene Nance Professional Conference Attendance Fee Fund

Financial assistance in the form of fully paid conference registrations will be awarded to first time attendees to the Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies, based on financial need of the applicant and amount of funds available from the Gene Nance Professional Conference Attendance Fee Fund.  To be considered for the award, submit: (a) a letter of request that explains why you want to attend, how it would benefit you professionally, an overview of your need for financial assistance; and (b) a letter of reference from a professional colleague or supervisor. Send both documents, to Jennifer Hertel at by April 27, 2018. For questions, call Jennifer at 812-461-5463.

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