Changing the Conversation on Addiction
Delegates can expect to learn from leading experts about the latest developments in the substance use and addiction field, feel inspired by success stories, engage with others, and get involved in lively debate.
This one day event will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, medical professionals, clinicians, community activists, outreach workers, advice workers, policy makers, employers, people with lived experienced of addiction and their families to come together to shape a new conversation on how we address addiction in Northern Ireland.
(We have a limited number of bursary places available. Contact [email protected])
9.30: Conference Opens
- Conference Host
Addictions in NI 40 Years on
- Director of Addiction NI.
Policy and Practice in NI
Changing Policy To Achieve Better Outcomes
- CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project
- Political activist and Founder of Transform Drug Policy Foundation
- Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control
11:15 Mid Morning Break
Keynote Address: Drugs Do Not Define Addiction
Dr Stanton Peele
- World renowned addiction expert, psychologist and author ‘Love and Addiction’, ‘Why Addiction Isn’t a Disease’ and ‘Recover! An Empowering Program to Help You Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life’
Changing Our Approach
Judge Fiona Bagnall
- Presiding judge in Belfast Substance Misuse Court
Dr Geraldine O'Hare
- Acting Director of Rehabilitation: Probation Board Northern Ireland
- Chem Sex Mental health Lead for Addaction
Dr Anne Campbell
- Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and winner of highly prestigious Lifetime Drug and Alcohol Fellowship Application to NIDA (US)
- Social Support Officer at Addiction NI and facilitator in Addiction NI Mutual Aid Group
Keynote Address: Addiction Is Not A Disease
- Developmental neuroscientist and author of ’The Biology of Desire’ and‘Memoirs of an Addicted Brain’
Stigma Free Conversations
Liz Karter Women and Addiction
- A leading UK expert in gambling addiction in women and author ‘Women and Problem Gambling’, ‘Addictions from an Attachment Perspective’
- Community health worker and recovery blogger
- BBCNI Reporter
Q&A: Expert panel
4:15: Conference Close
Please note: speakers are subject to change.
Book early to avoid disappointment!
- Community development
- Health and wellbeing
- Housing and homelessness
- Older people
- Young people
Date and Time
4 Lanyon Place
10-20 Lombard Street
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