TAAP State Conference

The Texas Association of Addiction Professionals is excited to welcome you back to the vibrant Alamo City and the beautifully refurbished Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Conference Center. The hotel isn’t all that has changed, so get up and boogie on over to our version of Studio 54 – the Positive Recovery Disco Inferno!

Last year we travelled back to the 1920s and the days of gangsters and prohibition. This year, we spun the disco ball and landed in the middle of an evolution of dance music that was as free spirited as the 1960s but with more hip and pizzazz.

We are thrilled to be your party guides this year for a conference that has become the largest addiction and mental health symposium in the southwest, and by far, revered as one of the best in the nation. This is YOUR conference so we analyzed every evaluation that you submitted last year and the changes you asked for have been addressed. From parking and AV concerns to workshop format and food and beverage options. We hope that you will recognize and be pleased.

Our conference committee is one of the hardest working group of volunteers that have danced their way into the planning and choreography of the workshops, keynote presentations and special events, and they guarantee to get you up on your feet.

For our loyal vendors, they deserve the best venue to showcase their products and services so we expanded the Exhibit Hall and ask that you make sure to patronize them Friday and Saturday.

And to properly celebrate our 49th annual conference, we want you to have the time of your life connecting with old friends and networking with new, take home new clinical and behavioral tools to use with your clients, and most of all, HAVE FUN. The Positive Recovery Disco Inferno is not a spectator sport so as the song says, get ready for our “boogie wonderland!”

Keith H. Liles

Lydia Clemmons

Conference Directors   

TAAP is seeking students, interns, and those new to the profession to sign up as a mentee in our mentorship program. Our Student/Workforce committee will take your completed electronic application and match you with one of our experienced mentors. 

The only requirement is you must be a current TAAP member, either at the student or associate membership level. Specifics are included in the application. This is a great way to become involved with your state association of addiction professionals.

TAAP Workforce Development Mentorship Program

Additionally, the TAAP student/workforce development committee invites you to attend our Student/Intern/New Professionals day at the annual TAAP State Conference this October 21st in San Antonio (see attached flyer for event and conference info). 

The Student/CI/New Professionals event will consist of 2 afternoon breakout sessions, including a networking event beginning at 2pm with current mentors and leaders of the profession. For those who complete the application process and receive a mentor, this will be a great opportunity to meet your assigned mentor or a potential future employer at the event.

The event then concludes with a student-led presentation “Groovy Guidance with Jivin Mentors” at 4pm to provide further details on how mentorship leads to student success. 

TAAP Awards & Scholarships
The deadline has been extended to July 31st!!
Let’s make sure that Fort Worth TAAP is represented at the State TAAP Conference this year!!
Applications are now OPEN!!

State TAAP awards include:
TAAP Hall of Fame
Counselor of the Year
Terry D. Hale Professional of the Year
D. Frank Davis Professional and Community Outreach Award
Peer Support Specialist of the Year

Please click the link below to nominate someone today:

State TAAP Scholarships available are listed below:
John Peña Scholarship
TAAP Student Scholarship

Please click the link below to apply for a state TAAP scholarship:

Why Present

  • Amazing professional development opportunity.
  • Collaborate with experts in the field.
  • Presenters receive one complimentary conference registration.
  • Receive recognition for and feedback about your practice or program.
  • Expand your professional portfolio.
  • Be part of a dynamic community that has made TAAP’s conference the “must-attend” event for over 47 years.

Submission Guidelines

All proposals should include the following:

  • Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion.
    • Preference will be given to presentations that include participant involvement and provide practical skills training. We recognize that our field of practice is constantly evolving. We welcome presentations in the areas of specialty practice that highlight approaches relevant to the work in addiction and behavioral health.
  • Conceptually strong foundation, well-written, with clearly stated outcomes and appropriately documented theory, research, and/or experience.
  • Qualified presenters with expertise/experience in the subject matter.

Do you have an innovative practice or cutting-edge research you want to share with your colleagues from across the addiction community? Don’t hesitate to submit your presentation proposal today!

TAAP Conferences are a great way to Network, Learn, Present, Exhibit, and Collaborate.

The TAAP annual conferences will provide a well-balanced educational experience focusing on the needs of addiction-focused professionals. Innovative sessions and cutting-edge presenters will provide the education you need to get ahead in your job and provide the hours you need for your certification or license.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

The TAAP annual conferences will include keynote speakers, daily plenary sessions, breakout workshops, TAAP Political Action Committee meetings,  and most conferences will feature an all-day, pre-conference seminar. The conferences also feature Award Luncheons honoring outstanding addiction-focused professionals from around the state. There are also optional evening events, to allow you more time to network with some of the brightest professionals in the industry. There is always time to enjoy your visit to each location, taking in the sights, historical, and cultural heritage.

Conference Volunteers

Interested in volunteering for one of the TAAP conferences? Here’s what you need to know:

The volunteer program is only open to members of TAAP. Not yet a member? Click Here for membership rates and information. Volunteers will be awarded full-conference access for the day(s) they volunteer.

The conference volunteer programs are very popular. We receive many more applications than available shifts and not everyone who applies will receive a shift. Once the schedule is fully staffed, names will be added to the conference volunteer waitlist. We will notify potential volunteers by e-mail.

You can increase your odds of being selected by:

  • Submitting your application early
  • Selecting multiple days and times you are available for volunteer shifts