AMERSA Workshop Selections and Descriptions 2014 Thursday, November 6, 2014

AMERSA Workshop Selections and Descriptions 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Overdose Prevention to Improve Opioid Safety in Clinical Practice: Naloxone Rescue Kits
for Patients who use Opioids
Facilitators: Phillip O. Coffin, MD, MIA, Alexander Y. Walley, MD, MSc and Michelle Geier,
Optimal communication and counseling with patients about overdose risk reduction
Prescribing, stocking and billing for naloxone rescue kits and related education
Collaborating with harm reduction programs to improve opioid safety overdose prevention
Getting your Article from an Idea to a Peer Reviewed Publication in an Addiction Journal
- A Behind the Scenes Look Involving the Editorial Process, Dos And Don'ts, Journal
Metrics, and Maximizing your Articles' Impact on Addiction Science
Facilitators: Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM and the Substance Abuse journal
Editorial staff including Jennifer Jenkins, MPH
In this workshop, an interactive format will be used to examine key author, editorial, and
publishing steps from conception of an idea to publishing that idea in a reputable addiction
journal. We will use case based studies, audience participation, and interactive quizzes to teach
these skills. At the end of the workshop, each audience member will construct a cover letter to an
editor regarding their scholarly work and will construct a narrative highlighting the impact of a
recent work they have published for a potential press release.
Creating a Collaborative "Road Map": Family-Based Harm Reduction Treatment
Facilitator: Stephanie Renno, LCSW
At the termination of this workshop, the participants will have an outline for running a familybased treatment planning session for a client who is utilizing a harm reduction approach to
making changes to substance use. The participant will have an understanding of the
underpinnings of a harm reduction approach, as well as a specific step by step plan to lead a
Friday, November 7, 2014
Treating Opioid Addiction using Buprenorphine within an Integrated Group Medical Visit
Facilitators: Charles Preston, PhD, Sara Doorley, MD and Elizabeth Echeverria, LCSW
Participants will learn how to develop an integrated, multidisciplinary team with the resources
they currently have available in order to provide office based treatment using buprenorphine.
They will learn techniques for actively involving patients with their treatment. They will also
learn how to provide buprenorphine treatment within a group medical visit.
Behavior Change in Our Patients and Ourselves: Interdisciplinary, Experiential Teaching
to Improve Motivational Interviewing Skills in Clinical Practice
Facilitator: Paul M. Grossberg, MD
This highly interactive workshop is designed for clinicians and teachers to formulate
individualized "practice and feedback" strategies to enhance and modify their own interviewing
behaviors as they help patients change substance use behaviors. The "language" of SBIRT ought
to be perceived by patients as consistently spoken by clinicians and providers at all levels
through primary care and specialty clinics. Interdisciplinary, collaborative engagement with
patients about behavior change forms a positive feedback loop with improving individual
proficiency in MI. Practicing MI skills together, in healthcare learning communities, in small
group role plays, or using audio or videotapes of actual clinician-patient conversations can
improve provider skills and patient outcomes.
Using Social Media to Teach and Disseminate Information about Addiction
Facilitators: Christine Maynié-François, MD and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH
1. Identify legitimate and useful addiction information resources available on social media
2. Interact and share knowledge about addiction on social media
3. Create and implement educational content using different social media (Facebook, Twitter,
Flickr, blogging.).
The point of social media is precisely to be social, namely to interact with others. Therefore this
workshop is meant to be mainly an interactive session.
Participants will be asked to come with a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Motivational and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Diverse Adults with
Methamphetamine Use Disorders
Facilitators: Valerie A. Gruber, PhD, MPH, Abigail W. Batchelder, MA, MPH and Donna
Whitfield, MA
This workshop will help participants learn skills for motivational interviewing with
methamphetamine abusers diverse in gender, sexual orientation and culture, drawing on
presenters' clinical experience and training in motivational interviewing. Participants will learn
to adapt communication to match the client's level of cognitive functioning, and to discuss harm
reduction and sexual risk reduction strategies with methamphetamine users who are not ready or
willing to pursue abstinence.
A New Tool for Hard Times: Using Prescription Monitoring Programs to Reduce Drug
Facilitator: Jeffrey Baxter, MD
1. Participants will learn how to access and assess the capacity of the PMP within their
respective states.
2. Participants will learn limitations and potential sources of error within the function of
current programs.
3. Participants will learn how to utilize the PMP to reduce abuse and diversion of
prescription medications in a number of clinical situations, including pain management
with opioids, the treatment of psychiatric conditions with benzodiazepines and
stimulants, the treatment of opioid dependence with buprenorphine, and the treatment of
substance abuse in general in specialized addiction treatment settings.
4. Participants will learn strategies for communicating with patients about the role
prescription monitor programs will play in their care.
5. Participants will learn how to incorporate utilization of PMP’s into the education of
health professions students.
Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps: A Non-Pharmacologic
Approach to Managing Emotion Dysregulation in Addiction Treatment
Facilitators: Bari K. Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC and Osvaldo Cabral, MA, LPC, CAC III
This workshop will focus on the work developed and published by the presenters. The one-of-akind curriculum of “Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps”
incorporates the evidenced-based therapies of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Twelve
Step Facilitation (TSF). Combined, these two therapies help strengthen clients’ recovery from
substance abuse. The skills learned in DBT create balanced behavioral patterns that relate to
many Twelve Step concepts. Passages from Twelve Step literature are used in this curriculum to
reinforce DBT skills. In addition to utilizing traditional DBT skills in their curriculum, the
presenters have also developed unique skills that draw from both DBT and TSF. Many addition
treatment programs and mental health centers have used this dynamic curriculum (both in
individual and group therapy) with great success. Participants will have the opportunity to review
how DBT skills are found in Twelve Step literature and how Twelve Step philosophy is
supported by DBT skills. In addition, participants will complete and discuss the use of
worksheets that are found in the curriculum and have been developed by the presenters.