The Substance Use Disorders Management Boot Camp is one of the latest offerings by the Program for Research, Outreach, Therapeutics and Education in the Addictions (PROTEA) to help health care providers recognize and treat substance use disorders and common co-morbid issues. Attendees at the most recent camp in September joined a two-day retreat at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wis., to network, share experiences and listen to lectures from experts like PROTEA Director Randall Brown, MD, PhD, DFASAM. According to one participant, hearing insightful perspectives from other attendees and speakers who understand treating addiction in rural settings was invaluable.

PROTEA Bootcamp

Participants at the September Substance Use Disorders Management Boot Camp heard from Aaron Clayborn, an outreach specialist with the Wisconsin Voices for Recovery Engagement to Recovery Program which is part of the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

The group included about 50 doctors, nurses, behavioral health and peer support specialists, and other providers from across Wisconsin. They participated in case-based and interactive didactic content to hone their skills and increase confidence in treating patients with issues related to unhealthy substance use. The group also enjoyed a late summer evening by the lake for food and fellowship.

“It was amazing to see such a varied group of providers, many from rural parts of Wisconsin, come together to connect, develop competencies, and forge new partnerships in our shared effort of improving the treatment and care of patients throughout our state,” shared Kathleen Maher, Outreach Specialist.

Spring 2023 Boot Camp

PROTEA’s spring boot camp is scheduled for May 4-5, 2023, at UW-Stout in Menomonie, Wis., and is intended for clinicians in primary care settings who wish to expand knowledge related to the medical management of opioid and alcohol use disorders. For more information about the boot camp and PROTEA visit

Published: December 2022