2020 Hawai’i Addictions Conference

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, the 2020 Hawai’i Addictions Conference will be remote attendance ONLY using the Zoom video-teleconference platform. Please register for the conference to receive information on how to attend.


The University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine are proud to present the 2020 Hawai’i Addictions Conference, Hawai’i’s premier training, education, networking, and skill-building opportunity centering on substance use. The conference will explore new horizons in the diagnosis and treatment of addictions, breakthroughs in evidence-based research, the changing climate of drug policy, and the current culture of patient care.

With this year’s focus on our Community of Practice, the conference objective is to directly link learning to purposeful action. The goal is to build relationships and develop a shared repertoire of resources to eventually create a shared practice of providers throughout Hawai’i.

Who should attend?

  • Physicians and Clinicians
  • Social Workers
  • Substance Abuse Counselors and Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Physician Residents
  • Students
  • Researchers and Academics
  • Policy Makers and Advocates
  • Allied Health Professionals

Keynote Speakers

Timothy Fong, M.D.

Dr. Timothy Fong is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

Dr. Fong completed his undergraduate and medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. He then came to UCLA and finished his residency in adult general psychiatry in 2002 and was the first accredited addiction psychiatry fellow at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (2002-2004).

He is the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program (UGSP). The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of gambling disorder in order to develop effective, evidence-based treatment strategies.

Since 2009, he has been the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year accredited program that provides clinical training in addiction psychiatry.

Finally, he is part of the faculty leadership of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort to examine the full impact of cannabis on the body, mind and brain.

Thomas Freese, Ph.D.

Thomas E. Freese (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, 1995) is currently the Director of Training for UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) and the Principal Investigator and Director of the Pacific Southwest Addictions Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC). Dr. Freese was recently awarded supplemental funding to the PSATTC to develop a Center of Excellence on Racial/ Ethnic Minority Young Men Who Have Sex with Men and Other Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations. Dr. Freese has served as Principal Investigator on training projects funded by the SAMHSA, the California Department of Health Care Services and various county agencies and foundations. He has conducted trainings on a wide variety of topics including implementing integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), medication assisted treatment, and common medical issues in patients with substance use disorders, and culturally responsive treatment for LGBT clients. Dr. Freese has been a featured presenter at conferences and meetings nationally and internationally. He has worked in the addiction field since 1983, and has developed and conducted trainings in 46 US states and internationally.

Remote Attendance Only via Zoom Video-Teleconferencing

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Registration Information
Please read all ticketing options carefully.

  • The Hawai’i Consortium for Continuing Medical Education (HCCME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • The HCCME designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • The State of Hawai’i, Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division designates this activity for a maximum of 8 CEU/CE credits.
  • The National Association of Social Workers, Hawai’i Chapter designates this activity for a maximum of 8 CEU credits.
  • This educational activity is also eligible for a maximum of 8 CE credits for nurses, APRNs.
  • Verification of attendance will be provided upon request.