From Theory to Impact: Unlocking the Power of Scientifically Validated Practice

Sponsor: New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

PRESENTATION: Although the substance use treatment field has grown in its use of evidence-based practice, clinics across the country continue to expose clients to programs and practices that have not been shown to work. Exposing clients to dubious or contraindicated clinical practices not only increases relapse risk, but can also introduce ethical and practical problems. This is especially concerning given the growing availability of evidence-based practices for people struggling with substance addiction. In this workshop, participants will develop a critical and creative framework for evaluating and building the evidence base.  

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • List a range of current SUD treatment approaches;
  • Differentiate among clinical practices on the basis of their evidentiary quality;
  • Identify problems that emerge when using programs of low evidentiary quality;
  • Incorporate scientifically validated practices using the “adopt or adapt” model;
  • Advocate for the use of scientifically validated clinical practices; and
  • Create in-vivo research proposals for practices lacking a research base.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr. Scott Methe is a master licensed alcohol and drug counselor who currently manages the New Hampshire clinical team at Better Life Partners. Scott began his career working in psychiatric intensive care and substance use counseling while pursuing his Ph.D. in applied educational psychology at UMass Amherst. As an assistant psychology professor at East Carolina University and then at the UMass Boston College of Education, Scott maintained a part-time clinical practice while conducting research in behavioral and academic assessment. Throughout his academic career, he published over a dozen peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly works and earned awards for exemplary research and professional service. He also held associate editorships for two scientific journals while serving on multiple editorial boards.  

In 2014, Scott set his sights on education reform and was awarded a fellowship at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University along with a senior research fellowship at Boston University. After a distinguished career in academia, in 2018 he gratefully returned to his clinical roots at the Farnum Center, where he gained experience across multiple levels of care. After earning his MLADC, he began to pursue healthcare management and administrative positions, serving as a clinic director and currently as a clinical manager. Scott lives happily at home with his wife, son, and dog in Durham, New Hampshire. 

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Event Details

December 1, 2023
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
130 Pembroke Road, Suite 150
Concord, NH 03301
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