Introduction to Opioid Use Disorder: Assessment, Treatment Options and Evidence Based Practice

Presenter: Cole Glaser MSW, LSW

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm | 3 CEs
(Please arrive at 2 pm for light snacks, sign-in, and socialization.)
Location: Chestnut Hill, PA
(Exact address will be sent to you once you register.)

Program Description:
It is hard to watch the news or read the paper recently without hearing something about the growing opioid epidemic in America. Rural, as well as urban areas, are being hit hard by the growing consumption and addiction to opiates including opioid pain medication and heroin. Clinical social workers play a key role in combating the epidemic and helping the individual and the family heal. This presentation will provide an overview of assessment of individuals with opioid addiction as well as the referral process and identifying evidence based clinical interventions. The role of Medication Assisted Therapy(MAT) will be explored including describing the benefits as well as dispelling the myths around use of MAT. The presentation will also discuss the specific challenges posed to clinicians treating individuals with Opioid Use Disorder including working with 12 step recovery programs, managing emotional responses to difficult clients and combatting emotional fatigue when working with a population where relapse is common.

Clinical Objectives:

1. Assess opioid use disorder using DSM five criteria to accurately diagnose an opioid use disorder as mild, moderate or severe
2. Identify the various levels of care and determine which level of care is appropriate for the patients. Use Motivational Interviewing and other strategies to assist patient engagement in the appropriate level of care.
3. Describe two theoretical orientations that are evidence based in working with patients with opioid use disorder; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Counseling with someone who is simultaneously engaged in a 12 step program of recovery will also be discussed.
4. Understand the benefit of Medication Assisted Therapy(MAT). Discuss rumors, myths and untruths about MAT.
5. Combatting compassion fatigue and burn out when working with this patient population which can be challenging.

About the Presenter:
Cole Glaser, MSW, LSW, currently works at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center as a medical social worker. He works on a medically complex unit that specializes in treating patients in need of acute medical care and who also have an underlying substance use disorder or serious mental illness which complicates their recovery. He is also a counselor at Retreat of Lancaster County, which is an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center. In the past, Cole has worked at New Directions Treatment Services as a counselor in their Suboxone program which uses Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) to assist patients recovery from opiate use disorder. Cole is currently serving as Coordinator of the LGBTQ* Subcommittee of PSCSW.

Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend; $20 for Non Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
Non Members: There is a $10 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.

No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

This program is presented and hosted by PSCSW members. Both the presenter and host put a lot of time and preparation to make sure that attendees are receiving a wonderful program and feel welcome at the program. Just as in your professional life when someone cancels last minute, it has an impact on you. Please be cognizant of this when you register for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • Event: Introduction to Opioid Use Disorder: Assessment, Treatment Options and Evidence Based Practice
  • February 17, 2018
    2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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