Session Descriptions

Focus Sessions

Focus Sessions are concentrated presentations of clinical or scientific material designed to give learners an in-depth understanding of a specific topic.  Suggestions include diagnostic approaches and specialized treatment areas, or translating research findings into practical clinical terms.  While typically presented in a structured didactic format, creative teaching methods are also encouraged and presenters should be sure to include time for questions.

Workshop Sessions

Workshops offer an interactive format that deal with topics and issues best handled informally in give-and-take sessions of small groups. Workshops offer participants an opportunity for hands-on experience, utilizing cases and viewing of demonstrations, with an emphasis on audience participation in discussions, skill-building exercise, etc.  Workshops include the development of special skills, particular diagnostic or treatment problems, or other issues requiring the active exchange of ideas.

Symposium Sessions

Symposium presentations are special sessions developed by invited experts in the field of addiction medicine and the Annual Conference Program Committee, including specialized presentations presented by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations offer an opportunity to share research interests and ideas. All Poster Presentations are set up and displayed during the entire conference in the designated area of the ASAM Exhibit hall. Presenters attend their poster during a designated period for information presentation and Q&A. Accepted poster presentations will be displayed on the website of Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Collaborative Sessions

Collaborative Sessions are sessions developed by outside organizations. These sessions contain content that would be valuable for ASAM members and help keep ASAM members appraised of developments produced by other organizations.

Questions? Contact ASAM’s Education Department

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