The iCAAD team are creating a vibrant and dynamic knowledge exchange – and they want you to be involved. Read on to find out how to be featured in our new column celebrating innovative ideas and practice... Coming to the end of a successful year, the hard working team at iCAAD are ready to announce the line up for their 2017/18 events. iCAAD stands for International Conferences on Addiction and Associated Disorders – an ongoing series of global events to open dialogue on addiction and other behavioural health issues. Their international platform is dedicated to expanding knowledge, exchanging ideas, and advancing the prevention and treatment of behavioural, mental, and emotional health issues. iCAAD events focus on the knowledge and skills that can be applied in day-to-day practice – including workshops to support practitioners with the ever-increasing demands on small businesses. Presenters include renowned medics, therapists and counsellors as well as spokespeople and exhibitors from the world’s top recovery facilities and organisations. An integral part of iCAAD’s mission is to connect the government, public and statutory sector to professionals in these fields, through dialogue, conversation and mutual skills exchange. It is now more important than ever that a global dialogue takes place on increasingly common conditions affecting individuals in every country. Through the iCAAD network, specialists are able to share their expertise to help treat patients rapidly and more effectively. iCAAD 2016/17 was an amazing year, with events in Brussels, Paris, and Rome. In February, iCAAD Brussels featured presentations on addiction, mental health and trauma and included Dr Gribomont, a world-renowned psychiatrist based in Brussels, Christophe Sauerwein, an international expert in process addiction and co-dependency, Christophe De Pauw from Action Addiction in Brussels and David Delapalme an expert psychotherapist from Paris. The following month, iCAAD Paris hosted expert speakers on multidisciplinary approaches to treatment and addressed the progressively devastating effects of addiction and mental health disorders. The host of renowned experts included Prof Michel Reynaud, Dr Mario Blaise and Micheline Claudine. In April, speakers took the stage at the Centro Congressi, Roma Eventi-Fontana di Trevi for iCAAD Rome. Among them were experts from The United Nations, The Ministry of Health, The Italian Society of Addiction Diseases, The Community of Pope San Giovanni XXIII, and homelessness charity Project Rome. The event was filled by a diverse range of national and international delegates, including professionals in the field and representatives from treatment centres such as The Kusnacht Practice (Switzerland), San Patrignano, Narcanon and Italy’s state-funded addiction and detox programme SERT. The iCAAD London conference, held in May, was an outstanding success. More than 1,000 delegates, sponsors and exhibitors enjoyed presentations and panels from at least 60 expert presenters on emotional, behavioural and mental health issues, including addiction – three wonderful days of sharing and learning that brought professionals including therapists, GPs and decision makers from 25 countries together into one space. The venue, the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London, has already been rebooked by the team for next May’s event, and the team welcomes presenter applications and abstracts as well as delegate registrations. Registration is also open for another innovative and forward-thinking event that iCAAD will be hosting this November. Healing And Trauma in the LGBTQ+ Community is an event supported by Resort 12. For the first time ever, London will see Beck Gee-Cohen delivering a workshop alongside the passionate and influential Adela Campbell. These two inspirational people will demonstrate their deep insight and expertise on both experiential models and specialist resources in trauma therapy when working with gender-complex clients. This is an essential, not-to-be missed conversation, so make sure you register now to secure your place. iCAAD have a whole host of exciting presentations, spotlight events and pop-ups organised for the coming year. Before Christmas they will be returning to Brussels and they also find themselves, for the first time ever, in Iceland. Next year will see them in Stockholm, Paris, Rome, Istanbul and of course, London. Although each specific event is unique and autonomous in the way they deal with subject matter and local issues, each will work collaboratively towards iCAAD’s global goal of communication and dialogue to share best practice and solutions. And as the therapeutic field moves towards long-term recovery goals, they will be exploring the benefits of cognitive and holistic treatment methods, from healing childhood trauma to nourishing the whole self. As we all know, behavioural, mental and emotional health issues are saturating news headlines today, the world is speaking out and loud – and iCAAD is carrying the momentum forward with each one of their unique and innovative events. Get in touch with iCAAD for registration, speaker applications and special rates to any of their domestic and international conferences. www.icaadevents.com Be featured in our new column! iCAAD want you to share the momentum of their expanding knowledge and ideas exchange, so we’re delighted to announce the launch of a new regular feature in DDN, supported by the iCAAD team. The iCAAD knowledge hub will showcase innovative ideas and practice each month – so if you’re involved in something new or different in your area, or a creative approach to an old or difficult issue, please get in touch and we’ll feature you in this column. Email your suggestion to the DDN editor, with the subject header iCAAD column.