Area VIII Meeting in Austin, TX on February 22, 2013


Our AAAP Region and Texas ASAM (TSAM) will again be joining the Texas Research Society on Alcoholism (TRSA) in a joint Annual Meeting.  This year the meeting will take place in Austin, Texas on February 22, 2013. Registration check in is 7:30-8:15 am and the meeting ends at 5:00 pm.

Where: Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Drive, Austin, TX 78719

Pre-register here. $50 for AAAP Members.

CMEs for physicians will be provided by TSAM at no cost.

Tentative Schedule:

Morning Distinguished Speaker

Norepinephrine, Long Overlooked Yet Key to the Treatment of Stimulant Dependence

Thomas Newton, MD, Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, The Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Lunch Distinguished Speaker

Global and National Landscape of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs

Marv Shepherd, PhD, Director, Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies, College of Pharmacy, University of Texas

In the afternoon, we will have a three-hour break-out session for clinicians:

Motivational Interviewing and Screening, Brief Intervention and Refferal to Treatment (SBIRT)

Mary Marden Velasquez, PhD- Associate Dean for Research and Professor

Craig Field, PhD- Research Associate Professor

Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, UT Austin


SBIRT is a comprehensive approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for patients with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. SBIRT relies on the utilization of Motivational Interviewing, a widely used evidence-based counseling style that promotes positive behavior change by helping patients resolve ambivalence about problem behaviors. MI  is a patient-centered approach that utilizes a supportive, empathic style and motivation-enhancing strategies such as listening reflectively, strengthening self-efficacy, using open questions, and affirming positive behaviors. Numerous controlled trials have demonstrated MI's efficacy for enhancing behavior change for alcohol and drug use as well as other types of health-related behaviors

  •  Understand the steps of implementing evidence-based SBIRT practices
  • Understand the “spirit” and key principles of Motivational Interviewing
  • Use brief  motivational interventions with patients in a variety of settings
  •  Develop a personal plan for practicing and incorporating the primary skills and strategies of MI into practice