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The ASAM Virtual Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Workshop (October)


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The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Workshop 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
10:00 am - 7:00 pm ET


The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Workshop is a practical, case-based workshop designed for providers new to the field of addiction medicine, such as primary care physicians, clinicians, and behavioral health specialists, who see patients at risk for or with addiction. Participants of this workshop will learn more about addiction medicine and how to screen, diagnose, treat, and/or refer patients with addiction – many of whom are already being seen for commonly occurring medical and psychiatric comorbidities.

This virtual-live workshop is designed to be energetic and interactive. Attendees will work through session activities and cases presented by faculty in engaging virtual formats. Sessions throughout the day will include approximately equal parts lecture, demonstration of skills and skill building.

This workshop has been approved for 8 CME. Click the "CME, Credits & MOC" link to the right for more information about credits.

Who Should Attend

Providers and other members of the healthcare team interested in learning more about addiction medicine in the primary care, emergency/urgent care, treatment centers, and general psychiatry settings including:
  • Physicians
  • Nurses (NPs and RNs)
  • Physician Assistants
  • Counselors

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify one's own feelings and attitudes that promote or prevent therapeutic responses to patients with substance use disorders.
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the diseased brain processes when treating patients with substance use disorders.
  3. Use validated patient screening tools to detect substance use and interpret a spectrum of results.
  4. Use motivational interviewing to enhance patients readiness to change risky behaviors.
  5. Offer the interventions that are appropriate to specific substances and severity of usage pattern.
  6. Respond to hazardous drinking with brief counseling strategies, appropriate to the patient's readiness to change.
  7. For patients suspected of having a SUD, conduct a biopsychosocial assessment to provide a diagnosis and match the patient to an appropriate level of care.
  8. Prescribe pharmacotherapy appropriately for alcohol, tobacco, and opioid use disorders.
  9. Offer patients and families information and referral to behavioral interventions including support groups and mutual aid groups that assist in the recovery process.

Course Topics

  • An introduction to Addictive Disorders
  • The Clinical Manifestations of the Neurobiology of Addiction
  • Identifying Unhealthy Substance Use: Assessment
  • For Every Ill, There May Be a Pill: Treating Substance Use Disorders with Medication and Counseling
  • Should I Open Pandora's Box?: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
  • When Your Patient Says Yes, But!: A "Taste" of Motivational Interviewing

Presenting Faculty

Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH
Abby S. Letcher, MD
Angela L. Colistra, PhD, LPC, CAADC, CCS
Joanna Linn, Ph.D., LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS

Registration Rates

Rate Description
Regular Registration Rates Register for Two or More and Save!
Receive a 15% discount with purchase of two or more eligible activities
Registration Rates with Discount
(Price includes 15% savings!)
ASAM Member $299 $254.15
Non-Member $349 $296.65
Retired Member $249 $211.65
Associate Member $249 $211.65
Resident Member* $249 $211.65
Student Member* $199 $169.15

(*) Residents, Fellows-in-training, Interns, and Students must join ASAM to receive a discounted registration rate. 
  • Click here to become an ASAM member.
  • Residents, Fellows-in-training, and Interns: National and Chapter membership dues apply.
  • There is no charge for Students to become a Member, but verification of student status is required. 
  • Membership Question?  Call ASAM at 1.301.656.3920, email member@asam.org, or view the ASAM website

Planning Committee

Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH, Chair
Abby S. Letcher, MD, Vice Chair
Miriam S. Komaromy, MD, FACP, DFASAM, Past Chair
Angela L. Colistra, PhD, LPC, CAADC, CCS
Jill R. Mattingly, DHSc, MMSc, PA-C
Kirk D. Moberg, MD, PhD, FASAM
Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, FASAM
J. Paul Seale, MD, FASAM
Joanna Linn, PhD, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS
Train Fullard, CCS, LCAS
Kathryn Basques, MSW, MSN, APN, PMHNP-BC
Amy Parins, MPAS, PA-C

Registration Questions?

American Society of Addiction Medicine
11400 Rockville Pike, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 1.301.656.3920
Email: meetings@ASAM.org

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