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Substance Use Disorders Webinar Series: Alleviating Stigma, Treatment Strategies, Community Resources & Stories from the Front Lines

Join us for a series of 4 one-hour webinars on topics related to substance use disorders.

You are invited to attend all 4 webinars, or only the ones that you are interested in. Each webinar has a specific focus within the substance use disorder field. The format of each webinar will be a presentation from a medical or a speaker who is a community professional currently working to help people with substance-use disorders.

Through each webinar, it is our goal to provide a professional perspective that combines research and/or evidence-based information along with personal experience to further
understanding about topics that are timely relating the opioid health crisis.

The presenters will share their personal experiences and what they have learned by being involved on the front lines of addiction and treatment.
Misperceptions and the Misused Language of Addiction: Words Matter
 August 3, 2017 1-2PM

Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM
Professor and Chair Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Boston University

Learn how terminology can improve accuracy, reduce stigma, and even improve patient care.

Connecting Resources to a Community in Need: Worcester Police Addiction Recovery (WPAR) Program
September 27, 2017 1-2PM

Officer Patricia Joy Cummings, Worcester, MA Police Department Crisis Intervention Team and WPAR Program
Rebecca Zwicker, WPAR Program Coordinator, Recovery Coach Supervisor
Learn how to recognize the signs of substance use that are often overlooked.  A city police officer and a recovery coach from the city of Worcester will share the program they have developed to help those in need to find the pathway to recovery.

Harm Reduction, Medication Assisted Treatment, and Considering Comorbid Disorders When Deciding Treatment
October 5, 2017 1-2PM

Amy Harrington, MD, FAPA
Assistant Professor,  Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Medical Director, Addiction Continuum, Community Healthlink
Learn what “harm reduction” is and how comorbid disorders can affect treatment decisions.

Individualized Treatment and Understanding the Non-Pharmacologic Components that are Part of Recovery 
January 9,
2017 10-11AM 
Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez, MD, Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry 
Associate Professor in Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School,
Medical Director, Washburn House, Worcester, MA

Lindsey Silva, RN, MSN, Washburn House, Worcester, MA  
Learn about the non-pharmacologic components of recovery. When developing individualized treatment plans, what factors are considered? The Medical Director and the Quality Compliance Director of Washburn House, a new treatment facility in Worcester, Massachusetts, will share their stories of starting a new treatment facility, and the challenges of putting evidence-based practices into practical use.


Through each webinar, the objective is to provide a professional perspective with personal experience, as well as, current research and/or evidence-based information to further understanding about topics that are timely within the substance use disorder field.

Class Length: 
Each webinar will be 1 hour.
Continuing Education:

1 CE from MLA for each 1 hour webinar.

Past Classes

There are no archived recordings of this class

Upcoming Classes

Individualized Treatment and Understanding the Non-pharmacologic Components that are Part of Recovery
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
10:00am - 11:00am
Susan Halpin