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(NEW) Evolving Treatment in the Face of the Opioid Epidemic

October 23, 2018 Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $159, 6 CEUs Presenter: Howard Reznick, LCSW-C Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

Peppered with instructive anecdotes and clinical examples from forty years of clinical practice, along with guest presenters sharing their inspiring and enlightening, hard-fought recovery; this structured workshop will be easy to digest and ready to use in your clinical practice.

There is much we can offer clients in our office setting to help clients deal with chemical dependency, when we have an expansive understanding of the disorder, assessing and maximizing their degree of readiness, and we have up-to-date knowledge of current treatment approaches.

This workshop will refresh your clinical skill in approaching the obsessive, compulsive and impulsive features of client behaviors, and frame them in a way that clients feel understood and supported, allowing them to more honestly embrace the challenges that they may have previously hidden from themselves, loved ones and past therapists. Finding the balance of respectfully treating trauma and co-concomitantly, recovery will be explored; as will constructive use of (re)lapses to promote insight, behavior change and growth. You will come to understand the current opioid epidemic and the vast range of treatment options out there for your client to consider. While traditional models of recovery are embraced, other sound approaches will be explored to maximize patient engagement and success.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between psychoactive substances and their impact on decision making, emotionality and functioning
  • Define the full rage of substance use disorders and the appropriate clinical responses to them
  • Apply ones understanding of OCD and impulse control disorders to substance use disorders
  • Develop therapeutic alliance with both parts of the client wanting recovery and avoiding it
  • Gain the ability to develop incremental treatment plans that paces clients internal and external motivating factors
  • Engage a multi-dimensional clinical approach that touches on precursor, co-occurring and resulting disturbances from the substance use disorder
  • Strategize engagement approaches that allow for staying connected with clients while accessing other levels of care.


8:45 – 9:10

  • One man’s story of addiction and recovery

9:10 – 9:30

  • Who are we and why we are here

9:30 – 9:45

  • The current epidemic and its epidemiology

9:45 – 10:15

  • The nature of psychoactive substances

10:15 – 10:30

  • The nature of addiction

10:30 – 10:45   BREAK

10:45 – 11:00

  • Opioids and other psychoactive substances

11:00 – 11:20

  • One woman’ story of addiction/withdrawal/recovery

11:20 – 12:00

  • Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence

12:00 – 1:00   LUNCH

1:00 – 1:45

  • Addiction through an OCD lens

1:45 – 2:00

  • Assessing underlying trauma or reinforcer for dysfunctional choices

2:00 – 2:15

  • Developing an alliance with the client

2:15 – 2:30

  • Treatment options and planning

2:30 – 3:00

  • Skill building in pacing the client readiness

3:00 – 3:15   BREAK

3:15 – 4:00

  • 12 Step and other modalities of support

4:00 – 4:30

  • Q&A, Evaluation and CEU
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“I found the workshop very informative. The presenter was very knowledgeable about the topic and I found it helpful to hear real life experiences with addiction.” Sarah Conn, LCSW

“The presenter was energetic, knowledgeable and brought in a different perspective to such a sensitive topic. He brought in great speakers, and added human perspective to our Opiate epidemic.. I liked his approach and teaching style.” Lydia Santiago, LCSW

“The session was informative especially for someone who is not in the field of substance abuse.” Shereen Ghori, LMSW