Our Tuerk Conference is the largest one-day addiction conference on the East Coast structured to share the latest information, new ideas,
important research, and personal experiences to help shape the future of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment.
We hold our anual Tuerk Confernce to increase the participants understanding of current issues in the field of mental health and substance use disorders. The Annual Tuerk Conference continues to be the premier conference in the Maryland region for providers, administrators, counselors and advocates to learn about the latest information on events and changes that will affect them. It is vitally important for professionals in this field to stay informed about these changes and their impact on patient care.
Remembrance Video for the Anniversary Conference
Remembering Dr. Isadore Tuerk
The annual NCADD-Maryland Tuerk Conference on Addiction Treatment is named after Isadore Tuerk, a psychiatrist who served as Maryland's Mental Health Commissioner for eight years and was a prominent figure in the field of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. A native of Baltimore, Dr. Tuerk oversaw the state's mental hospital system from 1960 to 1968 before leaving public service, and continued practicing psychiatry and teaching at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins medical schools.
Dr. Tuerk grew up in the neighborhood around the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and first came into contact with the school as a child when he delivered clothes made by his tailor father. A 1924 graduate of Baltimore City College, Dr. Tuerk completed undergraduate studies at Hopkins and received his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1934. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a division psychiatrist in the European Theater, was awarded a bronze star and was discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant colonel.
As a public servant, he fought for more dollars for the state's mental hospitals and pioneered group therapy techniques for alcoholics. All were welcome to the Saturday morning sessions he launched at Spring Grove State Mental Hospital where he became a staff psychiatrist in 1939 and superintendent 10 years later. His son Jonathan recollected that Dr. Tuerk only once threw someone out of the sessions - a man who came in with a bottle of whiskey. "It was the only time he ever kicked somebody out of the group and years later he kept asking whether that was the right thing to do."
Dr. Tuerk was an honorary member of the Maryland Society on Alcoholism Treatment and was named its Man of the Year in 1957. Tuerk House, an alcoholic treatment center, formerly a University of Maryland drug and alcohol abuse treatment center, was named in his honor in 1970. In 1981 he received the Gold Key and Honor Award from the Medical Alumni Association and its Service Award in 1987. Dr. Tuerk retired in 1986 and died at the age of 81 in 1989.
Upcoming 35th Annual Tuerk Conference on Mental Health and Addiction Treatment
Save the Date: Tuerk 2023 will be held Virtually Thursday, October 12, 2023
The 35th Annual Tuerk Conference on Mental Health and Addiction Treatment will be returning to a virtual format in 2023 to protect the health and safety of our attendees, one more year. A virtual format will allow us to expand our reach beyond the mid-Atlantic region, engage national and international speakers, and build awareness and advocacy beyond our State. We urge our sponsors to join us for this event. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated to make this event a success year after year.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
We are deeply grateful for the participation and support of our sponsors and exhibitors each year for the annual Tuerk Conference. Their support is vital to our ability to host this event each year to share the latest information, programs and services available to our professional community. We encourage you to reach out to the sponsors listed here, get to know their services and programs, and visit them at next year’s Tuerk Conference. Help us build a strong healing community!