Democrat Photo Members of the Barry County Drug Court team recently attended the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals' 13th annual training conference held in Osage Beach. Some of the featured speakers at the two-day conference included: Doug Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D., director of law and ethics research at the Treatment Research Institute, and an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Carl Dawson, MS, LLC, a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Springfield who has been actively working and lecturing in the field of addictions and recovery for the past 30 years; and Paul Cary MS, director of the Toxicology and Drug Monitoring Laboratory at University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia. Sessions offered at the conference covered a wide range of topics including: confidentiality and ethics in drug courts; DWI court rules; new drug trends; drug testing; post-traumatic stress disorder; eligibility criteria for drug court; the promise of DWI courts; ethics for treatment providers; impact of chemical dependance on families; and best practices in drug courts. Local drug court members who attended the conference are pictured above. From left, are: Brian Landreth with the Barry County Sheriff's Department; Earl Best, treatment provider; Nancy Foulke, Missouri Probation and Parole; Judge Victor Head; Cindy Puryear, drug court coordinator; Danny Crabb, drug court tracker with the Barry County Sheriff's Department; and Mike Riehn, defense attorney. Not pictured is Lisa Schlichtman, drug court evaluator who also attended the conference. Funding to attend the conference was provided by a United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant.