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When prescribing opioids, it is essential to balance the potential therapeutic benefit with the known and potential serious risks associated with these drugs. This course reviews strategies such as risk assessment tools and protocols that support patient/client safety and mitigate risk.
This course explores the impact of stigma on people in and seeking recovery from substance use disorder, and identifies concrete ways to adopt language and take actions to align with and support the development of recovery-oriented language, recovery-oriented care, and recovery capital in ourselves, our organizations, and our communities.
Free Course | This course will give participants concrete, practical concepts to bring to their work in residential settings, including an overview of trauma and observable behaviors associated with trauma, the link between trauma, substance use and co-occurring disorders, and examples of positive communication skills that professionals can use with dysregulated clients.
Review the utility of gabapentin and pregabalin for the treatment of pain, and compare and contrast the clinical use of these agents, with a focus on dosing, tolerability, monitoring, and patient education.
This course will provide an overview of the basis for valid consent by a minor; providers’ ability to accept or decline a minor’s consent; a minor’s right to consent to treatment and to control confidentiality; exceptions to confidentiality; and managing parents’ expectation of access to their child’s PHI when the minor’s consent permitted treatment.
This course provides fundamental knowledge about co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
How to Help Family Members Affected by a Loved One’s Substance Use
This course discusses the main principles of CRAFT and some accessible resources for clinicians and patients alike.
This course will explore how stigma undermines evidence-based practice to address opioid use disorder, treatment and recovery. It will examine the factors that contribute to the opioid epidemic as well as what can be done to help communities move forward more effectively.
This course reviews clinical challenges presented by stimulant users and current protocols for addressing acute medical/psychiatric conditions. Evidence-based behavioral/psychosocial strategies along with pharmacotherapies currently considered promising will be covered.
This brief, self-directed online course explores cutting-edge ethical issues arising out of practitioners’ and clients’ growing use of digital technology, electronic interventions and communications, and social media.
Non-Opioid Psychotropic Medications in the Treatment of Chronic Pain
This course reviews evidence-based non-opioid medications in the treatment of chronic pain, highlighting dosing and adjustment considerations, comparing and contrasting various medications, and providing an appropriate treatment regimen.
What is polypharmacy, and what are the impacts of polypharmacy on patient care and quality of life? This course will address this and review management strategies for polypharmacy, especially involving opioids and benzodiazepines.
This online primer provides an overview to the evidence-based clinical method of communication, Motivational Interviewing (MI). This course explores what defines MI and its underlying spirit, structure, and principles.
What happens to the brain when opioids are introduced? Where does the euphoria come from and why does it become something else over time? This brief, self-directed online course addresses these questions and more.
This course will introduce participants to models and concepts used at the Living Life Well Pain Rehabilitation Program at the Pain Center at Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland. These models and concepts point to the need for robust, community-wide, and multidisciplinary responses to help our neighbors, friends, and family members suffering with chronic pain.
This brief, self-directed online course describes the opioids taken in overdose, discusses the evolution of the opioid epidemic, reviews statistics, and discusses the presentation and management of opioid overdose.
This brief, self-directed online course explores the contributions of the pharmacist and the supporting evidence and impact the pharmacist has on patient care.
This course provides an overview of the foundation science of substance use prevention.
A retrospective review explores how a Maine substance treatment program was able to dramatically increase their access to addiction treatment through process improvement.
In this web-based course, you will see people with their own experiences of recovery from co-occurring conditions discuss among themselves — and with service providers — the issues that are of most concern to them when they ask for help.
The Emergency Department (ED) can be an entry point for treatment, a safety net, or in some cases, a place to obtain drugs. This brief, self-directed online course explores how the ED can be part of the solution.
This course provides an overview of what treatment services have looked like and what they are today. It highlights effective approaches and where we need to head to support recovery.