Workshop Description

This workshop will  provide helping professionals with an up-to-date research-based perspective on the treatment of substance use disorders, based on 40 years of research in addiction treatment outcomes – some of them surprising.  The workshop is based on the textbook Treating Addiction: A guide for professionals by Miller, Forcehimes and Zweben – a book that Dr. Miller says is “everything I wish I had known when I started out in the addiction field”.  Dr. Miller points out that scientific research findings often don’t make their way to the clinicians who are actually providing addiction treatment, so the textbook and this workshop are an attempt to bridge this gap.

In addition to didactic presentations there will be opportunities for experiential practice and discussion.  Building on a person-centered foundation, Dr. Miller will discuss evidence on controversial issues in the field including specific vs. general factors in treatment efficacy, matching clients to treatments, moderation goals, length and intensity of treatment, therapist effects, the “wait list” effect, and manual-guided treatment.


The BEST WESTERN Plus Arden Park Hotel is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Rooms start at $152 + taxes.  A block of rooms has been set aside for this event, up until March 26, 2017. For reservations, call 1-877-788-8818 or 519-275-2936 and quote "Mission Empowerment Block".  For other accommodation options, visit

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Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice.  The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather.  If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.

​​​​​Instructor: William R. Miller, Ph.D.
Location: BEST WESTERN PLUS The Arden Park Hotel, 552 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Early Bird Cost: $419 +HST (=$473.47) by March 26, 2017
Regular Cost: $459 +HST (=$518.67) after March 26, 2017

*New* DAY PASS OPTION (Thurs or Fri only): $225 + HST (early-bird) or $250 + HST (after March 26). Email us for more information.

Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments.

**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.75 USD (as of Nov 28, 2016 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 24, 2017  at 4pm

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Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment: A Two-Day Workshop with Dr. William Miller

April 27-28, 2017, 9am - 4:30pm

About the Presenter

William R. Miller, Ph.D., is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. Throughout his career he has developed and evaluated various methods for addiction treatment, including motivational interviewing, behaviour therapies, and pharmacotherapies.  He served as Co-Director of UNM’s Center of Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA) and as principal investigator for numerous research grants and contracts and as a consultant to many organizations including the United States Senate, the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institute of Health.

Listed as one of the world’s most cited scientists by the Institute for Scientific Information, he has published over 40 books and 400 professional articles and chapters.

In recognition of his research contributions, Dr. Miller is a recipient of the international Jellinek Memorial Award, two career achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, and an Innovators in Combating Substance Abuse award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Topics Covered Include:  

  • ​How Effective is Addiction Treatment?
  • The Case for Evidence-Based Treatment
  • The Hazards of “Relapse” Thinking
  • Expectancy and Therapist Effects: It Matters Who Treats you
  • Is More Treatment Better?
  • Rethinking “Intake”
  • The waiting list effect
  • A Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) to addiction treatment
  • Unilateral Family Intervention (CRAFT)
  • Matching Clients to Treatments
  • Manual Guided Treatment
  • Practical Issues in Addiction Treatment
  • Pharmacologic Adjuncts to Addiction Treatment
  • If Bill Miller Were Designing a Treatment System​​