What Works in Treatment


Tuesday, February 1, 2022
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Whether in the movies or reality, people associate treatment with a set period of time. Once practitioners realized a defined length of time had little to do with treatment success, they began to shift their focus to evidence-and-outcome-based programming. Individualized treatment is critical in addressing clinical priorities and changing behaviors. This session will focus on the collaboration between the justice system and treatment in utilizing evidence-based treatment. Additionally, the session will highlight the use of data in treatment outcomes and the impact it has on changing lives.


James Eberspacher
Director, National Center for DWI Courts

James Eberspacher is the director of the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC). NCDC is a division of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) providing training and technical assistance to DWI court professionals. Mr. Eberspacher’s background in treatment court includes experience at the state and local levels. For seven years, he was the state treatment court coordinator for the State of Minnesota, providing oversight in forming treatment court policy and strategic planning, state standards, funding, assisting in research, and providing training and technical assistance to treatment court teams. Prior to his role at the state level, he served as the coordinator on three treatment court teams in rural Minnesota. As a probation officer, his experience providing community supervision and supervision within a juvenile institution led to his complete buy-in and involvement in the treatment court model. In his current position, he is responsible for NCDC's overall daily operations, training, curriculum development, outreach, and promoting the expansion of DWI courts. Overall, Mr. Eberspacher has over two decades of combined experience in treatment courts, corrections, policy development, and training/technical assistance.

Julie Seitz
Project Director, National Center for DWI Courts

Julie Seitz, LGSW, LADC, is a project director for the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC), a division of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). She joined NCDC in 2018, bringing with her 20 years of experience working in the clinical sector. Previously, she was the clinical director of the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Duluth, Minnesota. Additionally, she spent 10 years as a treatment provider for the Minnesota Sixth Judicial District DWI and mental health courts. She has spent the last 20 years of her career giving clients a voice. In her work with clients, she has focused her clinical practice on feedback-informed research and outcome-driven practice. Ms. Seitz has trained at the local, national, and international levels on feedback-informed treatment, drug court best practices, and the science of addiction.