Assessment and Effective Treatment of Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders

Masters Series in Clinical Practice 

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Mark Albanese, MD, Instructor

During the past couple of decades, epidemiological and outcome studies have revealed that substance use disorders (SUD; alcohol and other drugs) are highly prevalent in society, especially among people with mental health disorders.  Furthermore, studies have shown that the co-occurrence of a SUD negatively impacts the course of psychiatric illnesses, and makes those disorders more challenging to treat. In addition, during the last decade we have witnessed the development of special addictions challenges, including more prevalent use of more potent cannabinoids, the flourishing of bath salts, and a full-blown opioid epidemic which has had lethal consequences. These developments of the last 20 years have underscored that it is important for mental health professionals to competently assess clients presenting with a potential SUD. It is also incumbent upon us to be able to make basic treatment recommendations and referrals. 

Specific Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the magnitude of the prevalence of alcohol and drug disorders in the US general population and among people with psychiatric disorders;
  2. Discuss the specific impact of the addiction disorders on the course and treatment of people with psychiatric disorders;
  3. Explain the elements of assessment for alcohol and drug disorders;
  4. Explore the multidimensional treatment approach to people with SUD

Program Code: MS104

Credits: 6 CE/CME

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  • When

  • Friday, June 29, 2018
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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