Feb 1 – Opioid Crisis

 

Addressing the Opioid Crisis:

What Every Clinician Needs to Know

 

Workshop Information

Date:  Friday, Feb 1, 2019 – Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: The Meeting House in Columbia, MD: 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD 21045

Cost: $115 early registration through Jan 25, $135 after Jan 25 , $99 for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Jenny Sexton, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and Forensic Addiction Counselor (FAC)

CEU Credits: 6 Social Work Category 1 Maryland and DC CEUs**

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Presenter Bio

Jenny Sexton is a Virginia native, who currently works as a Substance Abuse Counselor with Arlington County Public Schools. Miss Sexton began working in the field of addictions counseling about 17 years ago. Currently, Miss Sexton holds credentials as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and a Forensic Addiction Counselor (FAC). Additionally, Miss Sexton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Administration of Justice, from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise; a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University; and a career diploma in Substance Abuse Counseling from Penn Foster college.

 

Workshop Description

In 2016, opiates and opioids killed more than 42,000 people. Over a span of nearly 20 years, the opioid epidemic has risen to catastrophic levels. On average, 115 people die each day in the United States because of an opioid overdose. As a result, the number of patients presenting with opioid use disorder (OUD) in medical clinics, community mental health centers, and private practices is increasing, creating a need for mental health professionals to be knowledgeable and up to date on this national health issue. In light of today’s current climate surrounding this troubling epidemic, we as clinicians must do everything in our power to help our clients who may be at risk of falling victim to this insidious crisis – this starts with receiving adequate training.

During this presentation clinicians will learn the basics of opiates/opioids, including recognizing the difference between the two.  Additionally the opioid crisis will be discussed, how it has become a crisis, and the dangers of opiates and opioids. Even more essential, clinicians will leave this workshop with a solid understanding of how to assess clients for potential opioid/opiate misuse or dependence as well as strategies for next steps that they can take with clients who may be struggling with these issues.

(https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/index.html, 2017).

 

Workshop Objectives

The purpose of this workshop is to raise Mental Health Clinicians awareness of the opioid epidemic in the United States and within the regional area of the DMV. This workshop will also provide Clinicians with tools and resources for how to help a client struggling with Opioid addiction. This will be accomplished by the following objectives.

  1. Define addiction, discuss DSM criteria for an Opioid Use Disorder
  2. Review and evaluate current research data
  3. Recognize and understand the difference between an opiate and opioid, as well as, pain medication and heroin
  4. Assess the dangers of synthetic substances
  5. Understand overdose
  6. Understand the critical nature of Naloxone (Narcan)
  7. Discuss strategies clinicians can use for assessment and steps they can take to help clients access support.

Workshop Agenda

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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs) for licensed social workers in Maryland. In addition, most of our workshop are approved or pending approval through the DC Board of Social Work.  These credits are typically also accepted by the Maryland Psychology Board, Maryland Board of Professional Counselors, Maryland Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals (CRCCPA), the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners, the Virginia Board of Social Work and other state boards.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **