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Academic Programming & Special Topics

As a part of the Center’s mission to provide workforce development, a variety of face-to-face trainings for those in the behavioral health, substance abuse, and other helping professions are available. Please contact the main office at 319-335-5564 or email [email protected] if you are interested in providing one of the following trainings in your area.


Alcohol and Drug Exam Review Training

Over the past 30 years we have seen steady effort to professionalize the field of Substance Use Disorder treatment (SUD). Naturally, the education and credentialing requirements have also steadily increased to further ensure that professionals are recognized as a legitimate, important, and vital part of the behavioral health field. Furthermore, credentialing is a vital component for billing and reimbursement in most treatment facilities. So, whether someone is new to the field or have years of clinical experience, it is important to take the time to prepare for this important credentialing process.

Our ATTC (formerly Prairielands Regional ATTC) has offered the Alcohol and Drug Exam Preparation Course since 2002, when our Coordinator Dr. Mackey, in the Prairielands ATTC developed the program the first time. The program has undergone many revisions the last 20 years and it has been offered primarily in a face-to-face format. However, this past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have offered the program on a virtual platform.

Culturally Adapted Clinical Supervision

This training is designed for supervisors in substance use disorder treatment and recovery settings and incorporates Native American values, beliefs, communication styles, and learning styles unique to those communities. This training was originally developed as an addendum to TAP 21-A: Competencies for Substance Abuse Treatment Clinical Supervisors by SAMHSA. Since then, Dr. Kathy Tomlin has revised and expanded this curriculum to include the latest research and literature on the theory and role of clinical supervision in the professional developmental process.

Tribal College Initiatives

Professor Dennis Norman, EdD ABPP, Southern Cheyenne Nation, is a liaison to tribal colleges and an Advisory Council member for the National AI & AN ATTC.

Native American Curriculum:

This training program promotes a greater awareness of Native American culture for behavioral health providers, resulting in an enhanced treatment experience for the Native American client. This curriculum was developed for Sioux tribal communities and has been adapted for the tribal communities in Minnesota. Currently, the Center is working with tribal leaders in Montana and Wyoming, and plan to work with additional Tribal communities to adapt the curriculum to their needs.

The Spirit of Communication: Motivational Interviewing and American Indian Teachings

This training is designed to introduce the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI), develop introductory techniques in manifesting the MI spirit and talk about the relationship between MI and Native American traditions. This hands-on interactive training invites participants to learn, practice and share thoughts about how MI would be effective within Native communities.

DSM-5 Training:

This training provides thorough information and discussion of the DSM-5 signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug use disorders, the most common co-occuring disorders, and the other alcohol- and drug-related disorders included in DSM-5, including delirium tremens and Korsakoff’s Disorder.

Problem Gambling:

This training covers the DSM-5 signs and symptoms of gambling disorder, including research and clinical findings on screening, assessment, prevention, and treatment.


This training is an overview of commonly used ethical principles and codes of conduct for behavioral health and substance abuse professionals, and applies cultural competency for those working with Native American and Alaska Native populations. The training also covers rules of practice when faced with an ethical crisis within clinical practice, and standards in substance abuse counseling.

Spirituality and Behavioral Health

In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month in November, the Center has invited spiritual leaders from American Indian and Alaska Native communities to come together to discuss the importance of spirituality in the treatment of behavioral health disorders. Spirituality is often left out of counseling and therapeutic relationships, but is an essential part of healing and change for many clients. The Center plans to make this an annual event, and hopes to include additional communities in this important discussion each year.

Annual Symposium

The National American Indian & Alaska Native ATTC invites leading experts to present on emerging research and current issues in behavioral health among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The 2015 Symposium titled, “Reclaiming our Roots: Rising from the Ashes of Historical Trauma,” focused on the impacts of historical trauma, as well as approaches to treatment. This event was recorded and has been compiled into a proceedings document. If you would like a digital or hard copy of this document, please email us at [email protected].