Training Track Descriptions

Track 1
Ready, Set, Go! Implementation of Your Drug Court
Implementing a Drug Court takes the initiative and cooperation of a diverse group of players. Public health and public safety partners defi ne goals and objectives, identify resources, and strategize on sustainability. This track will address the considerations and partnerships that must be made in the early stages of planning and implementing a new adult, juvenile, or family dependency Drug Court. It also provides the scientific principles and best practices to ensure that your new Drug Court is built on a solid foundation to ensure success and sustainability.

Track 2
Raising the Bar: Taking Family Dependency Treatment Courts to the Next Level
Family Drug Courts focus on child welfare cases that involve an allegation of child abuse or neglect. As a result, there is better collaboration between agencies and better compliance with treatment, resulting in improved outcomes for the children in these cases. Learn from professionals in this field on what is working for them, as well as what steps must be taken to get to the next level.

Track 3
Juvenile Drug Courts: Building on Our Success
Juvenile Drug Courts are a critical part of every juvenile justice system. They provide a unique partnership focused on the future of our communities. What is the best way to engage juveniles and their families? What is considered developmentally appropriate,
gender-specifi c, culturally relevant, and evidencebased treatment? What roles do schools and the faith community play? Whether your Juvenile Drug Court has been in operation for one year or more, this track is for you. Learn from national researchers as well as subject matter experts about the latest research and effective approaches to dealing with adolescent populations.

Track 4
Mental Health Courts: From Implementation to Operations
Almost half of all addicted persons in the justice system have a co-occurring mental illness, and over 70 percent of incarcerated mentally ill persons wrestle with addiction. This track highlights the fundamental issues needed to understand and develop a Mental Health Court, one of the fastest growing types of Problem- Solving Courts in the nation. Whether you work in a Mental Health Court, or your Drug Court serves participants with mental illness, this track has information you need. Come learn what works in treatment, supervision, and case management for the mentally ill participants in your program.

Track 5
Co-Occurring Disorders: Advanced Issues
Hundreds of Problem-Solving Courts have participants dealing with co-occurring mental illness and addiction. This track tackles some of the advanced issues for practitioners serving this population. Whether you’re looking for tips on handling those suffering with psychosis, or direction on how to effectively supervise participants struggling with trauma, this track is not to be missed.

Track 6
Ensuring Cultural Proficiency: More Than Just Awareness
Culture is everywhere around us. It is how we dress, what we choose to eat, and what music we enjoy. It shapes our past, present, and future. It is essential to recognize and understand the culture of our Drug Court participants in order to shape their future. It follows that we will enhance our effectiveness by becoming culturally proficient. It is so simple to see, but so challenging to implement. This track will not only focus on the “seeing,” but also provide the latest in practice and research on the “implementation.”

Track 7
The Facts and Nothing but the Facts: Critical Role of Research
There is no doubt—Drug Court works. This track offers details into national and statewide evaluations, along with tips for operating courts on how to incorporate successful strategies. Fostering partnership with practitioners and researchers is critical toward improving Drug Court outcomes. Don't miss the opportunity to learn how to improve your program measurement and outcomes, while also learning what recent evaluations say about program success.

Track 8
Keeping Ahead of the Curve: Drugs of Choice
Drug Court participants are very sophisticated consumers of their drug of choice. They select from a myriad of drugs whose effects are widely varied. Although it is critical for treatment providers to understand the effects of these drugs, all Drug Court professionals need to be trained in their impact on supervision, case management, drug testing and treatment planning. Learn the latest in pharmacology and research findings to enhance programming and improve partnerships in your community.

Track 9
The Good, The Bad, and The Effective: Incentives and Sanctions
Incentives and sanctions are essential to every Drug Court. When properly used, they are a powerful tool for improving client behavior and outcomes. Drug Courts achieve better outcomes when practitioners understand the science behind behavior management. The research is clear: managing participant behavior includes the development of graduated and individualized motivational strategies, as well as consequences to hold participants accountable for failing to meet programmatic goals. Incentives and sanctions imposed in the courtroom have an impact not only on the individual appearing before the judge, but also on the other Drug Court members present. After attending the sessions on this track, you will understand the “why” behind behavior modification, along with “how” to implement the skills and knowledge. 

Track 10
Supervision: The Challenges Faced by Law Enforcement and Probation
Law enforcement, probation, and other community supervision partnerships are critical to any successful Drug Court. This track focuses on the importance of strengthening the role of law enforcement and community supervision, and assisting probation officers and law enforcement in better understanding their role in the Drug Court arena.

Track 11
Working with the Latino Community: Strategies for Better Outcomes
Drug Courts reflect the communities in which they are located. Addressing the needs of the Latino population goes well beyond dealing with communication barriers. Culture, residency status, and employability are among the many factors that present Drug Court practitioners an extra challenge when working with these clients. This track is designed to help practitioners working with the Latino community meet that challenge.

Track 12
African American Clients: Improving Services, Improving Outcomes
This track is a necessity for problem-solving practitioners looking to improve outcomes with African American clients. Experts from around the nation address best practices, cultural competency, treatment approaches and more.

Track 13
Reentry Courts
Interested in building a reentry court, but wondering what, if any, state laws and other basic steps need to be in place? This track outlines the fundamentals of reentry courts, including what questions to ask in implementation; a discussion of the major models; a review of judicially supervised reentry; and the evolution of reentry courts. Plus, the track includes a look into the innovative Missouri Reentry Court system; along with California’s statewide evaluation on the success of their reentry system. This track is a MUST for current and future reentry practitioners!!

Track 14 and 15
Science and Technology
Private enterprise offers many necessary tools for Drug Court operations. From unique methods assisting with community supervision to a variety of drug testing options, from research-proven ways to use medically-assisted treatment to successful treatment techniques, our partners in the private sector are a critical asset to Drug Courts’ success. These sessions apprise practitioners of new developments in science and technology and provide a perspective on the concerns that every Drug Court should have in selecting the right tools of the trade. These tracks provide the practitioner with a wealth of information in order to become a wise consumer of products and services intended for the Drug Court field. (NADCP does not endorse any product or service.)

Track 16
DWI Courts
DWI Courts work. According to the research, DWI Court saves lives and money and restores participants to a clean and sober life. DWI Court is based on the proven Drug Court model, however, DWI Court participants are different than Drug Court participants, and understanding those differences is critical for any DWI Court. If your Drug Court is considering starting a DWI Court, or you are updating an established one, then this track is for you. Attendees in this track will gain an increased understanding of the principles specific to DWI Court, important issues in dealing with DWI Court participants, and ways to modify current operations to include this population.

Track 17
Legal Issues in and beyond Problem-Solving Courts
For attorneys practicing in Problem-Solving Courts, the legal issues are multi-faceted. The sessions in this track focus on topics of interest within Problem-Solving Courts, but also stretch far beyond the Problem-Solving Court arena. From judicial immunity to statutory revisions; from issues involving criminal defense to firearms possession, these sessions are designed to answer some of the most complex questions for the attorneys and judges in Problem-Solving Courts.

Track 18
Advanced Issues in Drug and Alcohol Treatment
One size definitely does not fit all. As in many things, this is so true in effective drug and alcohol treatment. This track identifies a variety of treatment methods, along with insight into some specific and complex issues with which many Drug Court clients struggle.

Track 19
Learning from Native Traditions: Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts
Tribal healing to wellness courts are profound expressions of sovereign, self-determining nations. Such courts have become an important part of a long, often perilous, and amazing Nation rebuilding process that began for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities after centuries of war, oppression, and resistance. Consequently, the impact of a tribal Drug Court is complex and multi-faceted affecting multi-generational attitudes and perceptions about alcohol and other drugs, addressing historical trauma and unresolved grief, acting as a tool to restore tribal values, expanding tribal justice systems, improving state-tribal and federal-tribal relationships, and restoring individuals to their rightful place as contributing members to the tribal community. Sessions in the tribal track will convey the complexities and nuances of Tribal Healing/Wellness Courts and contain useful information for both state and tribal practitioners.

Track 20
Legal and Ethical Issues in Problem-Solving Courts
Problem-Solving Courts present interesting legal issues and ethical dilemmas. This track asks and answers some of the most difficult legal and ethical questions facing the Drug Court team. Whether you are a new Problem-Solving Court professional, or you've been with Drug Courts for many years, this track includes sessions on the cutting edge of what every Drug Court and other Problem-Solving Court practitioner should know.

Track 21
Veterans Treatment Courts
Veterans Treatment Courts are hybrid Drug and Mental Health Courts that focus on former and current members of our Armed Forces. Most Veterans find their military service to be a benefit and are productive members of their communities. However, a significant percentage of them turn to substance abuse and/or develop mental health problems, often related to their combat experiences. Veterans Treatment Courts are expanding at a rapid rate to address the needs of justice-involved Veterans of all service-eras. Utilizing the Drug Court model as their foundation, they include representatives from a number of new partners to include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Veteran mentors. This track will provide the crucial information in order to establish a Veterans Treatment Court as well as to improve the operations of those courts in existence.

Track 22
The Business of Drug Court
Drug Court practitioners have a variety of issues to consider in addition to providing effective treatment, case management, and supervision. From budgets to team transition, from steering committees to contract management, practitioners at the state and local levels wrestle with a host of administrative duties, which can be overwhelming. This track offers insight and guidance into many of the administrative issues facing the state and local Drug Court practitioner.

Track 23
Back by Popular Demand! Drug Court Track Completely in Spanish
The Spanish Language track offers critical sessions for professionals building Drug Courts—presented entirely in Spanish! These sessions include information on the basic principles of Drug Courts, along with sessions highlighting some of the groundbreaking work being done in Drug Courts in Central and South America!

De Regreso por Demanda Popular! La Trayectoria de Cortes de Drogas Completamente en Español Por primera vez en la historia de NADCP, la trayectoria en español ofrece sesiones críticas para los profesionales de la construcción de los tribunales de drogas, presentado totalmente en español! Estas sesiones incluyen información sobre los principios básicos de los tribunales de drogas, incluidos los principios fundamentales, la investigación de modificación de conducta, modalidades de tratamiento, orientación, y las técnicas de supervisión de la comunidad!

Track 24
From meeting with your Members of Congress to engaging your State Legislature and developing your state association, this track will cover ways Drug Court professionals can ensure Drug Courts remain a public policy priority.  Learn new skills to build relationships with your states’ key policymakers and develop your state association from Drug Court professionals who have paved the way. You are guaranteed a return on investment when you choose to spend your time attending these sessions! 

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