Opioid Crisis


The Opioid Crisis: Understanding the Impact, Assessment Tools, and Administering NARCAN Training

Workshop Information

Date:  Friday, July 12, 2019 – Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: MCEA – 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD

Cost: $115 early registration through July 5, $135 after July 5 , $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), a Forensic Addiction Counselor (FAC), and a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP). 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

Between 1999-2017, more than 700,000 have died from drug overdose (CDC, 2018). Of those overdose deaths, opiates and opioid overdose has killed more than 70,000 people. Over a span of nearly 20 years, the opioid epidemic has risen to catastrophic levels. On average, 130 people die each day in the United States as a result of an opiate/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 natural opioids, semi-synthetic opioids, opiates, and illicit opiates.  Additionally the opioid crisis workshop will be discussing the current crisis, the dangers, and learn to administer the lifesaving opiate/opioid emergency treatment, Naloxone (NARCAN). Clinicians will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to assess clients for potential opioid/opiate misuse or dependence, next steps that they can take with clients and their family members, and the ability to administer NARCAN if/when necessary.


(https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html, 2018).

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) and learn to administer the lifesaving treatment

7.Discuss strategies clinicians can use for assessment and steps they can take to help clients and their families 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. **