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Join us at the 45th Annual MARRCH Conference

2015 Annual Conference

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Thank you, Conference Sponsors!

Conference Bag Sponsor

Millenium Labs Inc

Gold Sponsors

  • Alkermes-Vivitrol
  • Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge
  • Pride Institute
  • Regions ADAP

Silver Sponsors

  • The Duluth Bethel
  • Qualifacts Systems, Inc
  • Recovery Plus - St. Cloud Hospital
  • Restoration Counseling and
    Community Services

Bronze Sponsors

  • Medica Behavioral Health
  • Vinland Center

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The MARRCH Board of Governors invites you to the 45th Annual MARRCH conference.

The Education Committee has provided us with a great learning opportunity. With all the changes in our profession, we must make a commitment to consistently take advantage of learning experiences; it is our responsibility to ourselves and to our clients. Learn at the conference; network with your colleagues; be part of our celebrations; visit with MARRCH staff and the board of governors; consider taking an active part in the message and mission of MARRCH — being the voice of chemical health professionals. Without your voice, we will not be as easy to hear! We look forward to seeing you at the conference and saying hello!

- MARRCH Board of Governors

Keynote Speakers

Monday Keynote: The Savvy, Skills and Soul of Treatment Planning in Addiction

David Mee LeeDavid Mee-Lee, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Based in Davis, California, he trains and consults both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mee-Lee is Chief Editor of the American Society of Addiction Medicine's (ASAM) Criteria for the Treatment of Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions and is Senior Vice President of The Change Companies. Dr. Mee-Lee has over 30 years experience in person-centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions.

Tuesday Keynote: Perspectives on Medication Assisted Treatment

David FrenzDavid Frenz, M.D., earned a medical degree and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Minnesota. He is also board certified in addiction medicine and serves as medical director for Mental Health & Addiction Care for the HealthEast Care System (St. Paul, Minnesota). Dr. Frenz teaches psychopharmacology, evidence-based medicine and diagnostic assessment courses at the University of Minnesota and is editor-in-chief of the Carlat Addiction Treatment Report. You can learn more about him and his work at


Marvin SeppalaMarvin D. Seppala, M.D., is chief medical officer at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. His responsibilities include overseeing all interdisciplinary clinical practices at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, maintaining and improving standards of care, and supporting growth strategies for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's residential and nonresidential addiction treatment programs. Seppala obtained his M.D. at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, and served his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction at University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis. Seppala is author of Clinician's Guide to the Twelve Step Principles, and a co-author of When Painkillers Become Dangerous, and Pain-Free Living for Drug-Free People, Hazelden Publishing.

Wednesday Keynote: Working with LGBT Clients Who Suffer from Addiction: Are You LGBT-Affirmative or Friendly? Why Mental Health Workers Need to Understand the Difference

lauren costineLauren Costine, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, educator, writer, activist and founding member of The LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles where she still teaches. Lauren has dedicated herself to the field of LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy and is a pioneer in Lesbian-Affirmative Therapy. With a specialization in LGBT-Affirmative psychotherapy, Addictions and Depth Psychology, she is in private practice in Beverly Hills where she works with individuals and couples. Her website is


General Information


Room discounts are available at the Holiday Inn across from the Xcel Center. The rate is $125 per night for single/double rooms, plus tax. For reservations at the Holiday Inn, call 651-225-1515. Be sure to ask for the MARRCH 2014 conference rates when calling. The conference rate cutoff date is Sept. 29, 2014.


Parking is available at the RiverCentre ramp, or the Holiday Inn. Please note: The RiverCentre ramp has early-bird rates.


Registration fees include CE certificates and food service. Shared full conference registrations are not permitted. To receive the early bird discount, your registration must be received on or before Oct. 8, 2014.

Conference Registration
(using online registration or postmarked on or before October 8, 2014)
Full conference Oct. 27 only Oct. 28 only Oct. 29 only
Member** $335 $144 $144 $144
Nonmember $409 $184 $184 $184
Student/Temporary Permit*** $185 $79 $79 $79

**You’re considered a member if you are an individual member or if you work for a MARRCH Agency Member
***The student rate is intended to enable students to attend who wouldn’t otherwise be able. To be eligible for the student rate, you need to be a current student at least part-time and cannot be working more than half-time.

Cancellation Policy:

With written cancellation notice, received by Oct. 10, 2014, you will receive a full refund, less a $50 administrative charge. Cancellations after Oct. 10 are nonrefundable. Notices of cancellation must be faxed to the MARRCH office at 651-290-2266. No-shows will not receive refunds.

Payment Policy:

To be considered preregistered, full payment must accompany your registration form. For all other registrations, including on-site registrations, payment must be made at the time of registration. We do not allow invoicing for on-site registration. Payment by cash, check or charge only.

Clinical and Ethical Supervision:

Effective July 1, 2005, an LADC wishing to become approved as a clinical supervisor can qualify according to law if s/he:

  1. has four years experience delivering alcohol and drug counseling;
  2. is an LADC or other professional approved by the Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy; and
  3. has completed 12 hours of training in clinical and ethical supervision.

Aspiring LADC candidates are now required to complete a test through the Minnesota Credentialing Board (MCB). Another option is to take the NAADAC written test (administered by MARRCH) in addition to entering into a 2,000-hour supervised work setting. They must be supervised by a person approved by the Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy.

Continuing Education Hours:

The Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy has approved this conference for LADC Continuing Education Credit. MARRCH has filed applications for continuing education credit with the Minnesota Board of Psychology, Minnesota Board of Social Work and the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. The Minnesota Board of Nursing does not approve CE activities; however, nurses may apply for credits on an individual basis if the workshop criteria meet the board’s guidelines. Continuing education clock hours will be endorsed by MARRCH and certificates of attendance are provided online 2 weeks after the conference.

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