ATI Basics: SUD Treatment for Persons in the Justice System

Washington DC, United States,
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ISSUP, in collaboration with ICATI, cordially invites you to its next ATI webinar on SUD Treatment for Persons in the Justice System.

Time: 9:00 AM EST | 2:00 PM London

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Treatment, care, and accountability are effective Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) that can reduce drug use and crime.  

Persons who have substance use disorders are often arrested and incarcerated or placed on supervised release in the community, typically without access to drug treatment services. When such treatment is available, it is often of substandard quality. 

This absence, or poor quality of treatment services results in rapid cycling of persons through courts, prisons, hospital emergency rooms, and other community services.  

This webinar will explore specialised evidence-based substance use treatment approaches for use in the criminal justice system, that are designed to interrupt the rapid cycling of persons who have substance use disorders.

ATI Basics is a four-part webinar series designed to provide a foundation in the following areas:
1.    Why ATI
2.    Fundamentals of ATI
3.    SUD Treatment for Persons in the Justice System
4.    Models of ATI

This session will include a 30-minute Q&A for attendees to have their questions answered from the expert panelist speakers.

Intended audience: 

Justice (law enforcement, prosecutors, defense counsel, magistrates, judges, probation, parole, corrections), health (medical, substance use treatment, mental health, pharmacology), community service/non-governmental organisations, government representatives, international agencies, implementation sites, and professionals who are interested in developing ATI initiatives are invited to participate.

Learning outcomes:

As a result of participating in this webinar, participants will understand:

  1. Learn about key elements and techniques of screening and assessment for behavioural health disorders in the justice system, including addressing criminal risk and needs.

  2. Understand substance use treatment approaches that are effective and ineffective for criminal justice populations.

  3. Identify specialised cognitive and behavioural treatment approaches for use in the justice system, including strategies to address criminal thinking.

  4. Become familiar with medical treatments for substance use disorders, including detoxification protocols and medications.


Roger Peters

Dr. Roger Peters is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida and holds a joint appointment in USF’s College of Public Health. He serves as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Colombo Plan, and the Organisation of American States/CICAD.  During his 35 years at the University of South Florida, he served as Department Chair from 2004-2011 and as Associate Chair from 2002-2004. Dr. Peters received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Florida State University and is a licensed Psychologist in Florida. 

Dr. Peters serves as Vice President of the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR). He also serves on the Leadership Team for the International Consortium for Alternatives to Incarceration (ICATI).  Dr. Peters serves on the Florida Supreme Court’s Steering Committee on Problem-Solving Courts and has been a faculty member of the National Judicial College since 2014.  He has been a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in developing guidelines on “Treatment Alternatives to Conviction or Punishment” and is a member of the Treatment Expert Advisory Group (TEAG) for the Colombo Plan. Dr. Peters is on the editorial boards for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Drug Court Review, the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, Addictology, and the Journal for Advancing Justice. Dr. Peters served as Chair and Co-Editor of the SAMHSA/CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #44 on “Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice System”.

Igor Koutsenok

Igor Koutsenok, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Director of the UCSD Center for Criminality and Addiction Research, Training and Application, Director of the International Addiction Technology Transfer Center-Ukraine. He is also a Vice-President of the International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction. 

He completed his graduate degree as a medical doctor in 1983 from the National Medical University in Kiev, (Ukraine). 

In 1986, he completed his psychiatry residency training and received degree as psychiatrist from the Medical University in Sofia (Bulgaria). In 1993-1996 he completed the addiction psychiatry training and obtained a degree in addiction psychiatry at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School. 

In 1996, he was recruited by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and since then he serves as faculty member of the Department. 

In 2013-2016 he served as Chief of Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Office in Vienna. Dr. Koutsenok is also a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). 


The event will be in English with interpretation available in Spanish.


Kindly note this is Part II of a four-part webinar series.



Interpretation Instructions for Spanish speakers:

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