Opioids and Other Drugs Virtual Series

Opioids and Other Drugs Virtual Series

Welcome to the Opioid and Other Drugs Virtual Series hosted by St. Clair County Community Mental Health Authority in collaboration with Community Services Coordinating Body’s Executive Opioid Oversight Task Force. We are excited to share our speakers throughout the month of September – National Recovery Month. Presentations are on weekdays at varying times between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. All sessions are one hour long, FREE and available for continuing education credits. Please see descriptions below for topics and CE eligibility.

We look forward to having you join us!

Keynote Speaker
When Epidemics Collide: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Opioid Crisis

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
11:00 am

Dr. Frank McGeorge, HFHS ED, Medical Correspondent for WDIV Channel 4 News

BIO: Dr. Frank McGeorge can be found on Local 4 News with Good Health reports or in the emergency room at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. McGeorge began his medical career in Chicago at Northwestern University where he graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors in 1990. He trained in emergency medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. After residency he completed a research fellowship, focusing in the areas of critical care and resuscitation. Since then, he has been busy as a practicing emergency physician with an active role in the community. He is a past President of the Michigan chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a Board of Directors Member of the Red Cross as well as a former member of the Board of Directors for HAVEN, Oakland County's domestic violence advocacy organization. Dr. McGeorge is also on the editorial board and a reviewer for a number of medical publications. Dr. McGeorge has been recognized for his activities with several Emmy Awards, Associated Press Awards for Journalism, Michigan Association of Broadcasters award, the Orthopedic MORE award for excellence in journalism, the American College of Emergency Medicine award for journalism excellence, the American Heart Association PULSE award and the Michigan State Medical Society award for excellence in healthcare reporting.

Webinar Description: Public health focus has been on COVID-19 since March 2020. It brought forth unique obstacles for everyone and, especially, in the world of opioid and substance use disorders. Recovery is most successful when someone is given support and resources, but this became more difficult when many previously available resources became scarce. The stay-at-home order created barriers to opioid use treatment: access to treatment centers, social isolation, and even disruption in supply chain. Join Dr. Frank McGeorge from WDIV Channel 4 as he discusses the impact of COVID-19 on substance use and the challenges of seeking treatment during the pandemic. The body of research regarding this intersection between COVID-19 and SUD has grown since the start of the pandemic. He will also review and comment on some of the literature.
CE Eligible: SW, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s), EMS

Opioids and other Drugs: A Law enforcement Perspective

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
9:00 am

Captain Mat King, St. Clair County Sheriff's Office
Captain Mat King will evaluate of the epidemic of opioid addiction, including a time-line and the progression from opioid prescriptions to heroin/fentanyl. He will talk about recognizing that opioid addiction is an epidemic in America with no social or economic boundaries. He will also discuss an action plan including medical professionals changing prescription protocols, educating victims and their families, and treating those struggling with addiction. He focuses on where we are now and what should be planned for the future.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s), MCOLES pending, EMS

Addiction through a Trauma Informed Lens

Thursday, September 3, 2020
10:00 am

Thomas L. Moore, LMSW, LLP, CAADC, MAC, CCS
Tom will discuss a recovery-focused model of working through addiction. He will identify some factors from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale (ACES) as they apply to addiction. He will explain potentiation connections between trauma and substance use disorders. During this presentation, material will be provided that documents changes in brain structure as a result of emotional, physical, sexual, and spiritual traumatic experiences. A link will be made to the development of substance use disorder, and the implications for treatment and recovery.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s)

Addiction: Compassion > Stigma

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
10:00 am


Judge Linda Davis
Judge Davis will talk about showing compassion and focusing on the positive aspects of recovery instead of the negative stereotypes associated with addiction. She discusses how shifting this way of thinking can help erase the stigma of the disease, normalize treatment, and save lives. Participants will learn to more effectively eliminate the stigma of addiction and that “normalizing” treatment can make it easier and less embarrassing/shameful for people to seek help. She will relay information about programs that destigmatize substance use disorder and treatment that can help people struggling with addiction get started on a continuum of care that will lead to long-term recovery.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s), EMS

From Horror to Hope

Thursday, September 10, 2020
2:00 pm


Phil Pavona, Vice President and founder of the Okemos/Ingham FAN
Phil shares the story of his family’s experience with opioid addiction. He questions: Was it bad luck, naivety, or the perfect storm? He assesses professional entities and resources with a critical eye and discusses how they played a role in their lives. Phil will explain why it is necessary to make lemonade from lemons and how he moved through horror to create hope and positively impact the lives of others. Participants will learn about Phil’s subjective experience and how it represents the bigger picture of how substance use disorders are handled in the healthcare system. Participants will also learn what they can do to better support those struggling with addiction and their families.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s)

Voices of Change: Recovery Stories

Friday, September 11, 2020
9:00 am


Devon France
Reva Mitchell
Devon and Reva will take you on their journey of recovery, the changes they made to improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and and what has helped them stay in recovery. They will talk about the coping skills they've gained and how they have implemented them in their lives. Join them to learn about emotional resilience, how you can contribute to uplifting those living with substance use disorder and to help change the narrative of addiction, build community, and create connections.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s)

What is Treatment? A Quick Overview of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria

Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 pm


Ken Heuvelman, MS, CAADC, DP-S
“Treatment” is a broad term often misused by those who are not addiction professionals. Ken will help individuals understand what kind of treatment is available and how to determine which treatment is most appropriate for which individuals. He will cover the continuum of care as identified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the Six Dimensions of Multidimensional Assessment. The presentation will cover common client concerns and how to appropriately organize biopsychosocial information in order to refer a client to the most appropriate level of care.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s)

How to Get on the Same Page: Working with Adults and Youth who Present with Resistant Behaviors

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
11:00 am


Shannon McKeever, LMSW, CAADC
This presentation will explore identifying resistant behaviors and secondary gains that may be creating resistance. Shannon will also discuss engaging people in services and keeping people engaged if they are presenting with continuing resistance to treatment. She will identify some engagement strategies for both teens and adults. Participants will be able to identify resistant behaviors and secondary gains which create resistance to engagement. They will also gain knowledge about contingency management and its effectiveness.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s)

Teaching Older Adults Self-Management Approaches to Manage Chronic Pain or Chronic Conditions

Tuesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 am


Dawn Contreras, Senior Health Specialist, Ph.D.
Sheilah Hebert, Extension Education, MS RD IBCLC

Opioid overdose deaths and opioid use disorder are on the rise in Michigan, including among Michigan’s older adult population (age 55 and older). Higher percentages of older adults experience chronic pain or chronic conditions and thus may be more likely to be prescribed an opioid medication, increasing their risk for developing an opioid use disorder. This session will introduce participants to two evidence-based programs that teach older adults how to positively manage their chronic pain or chronic disease through self-management strategies. Workshop participants will also learn the evidence-base behind the strategies and get to experience several key activities included in the self-management programs.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s), EMS

Family Recovery Coaching

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
3:00 pm


Phil Pavona, Vice President and founder of the Okemos/Ingham FAN
Phil talks about what it means to be a Family Recovery Coach. Family recovery coaches (FRC) provide a unique support to families experiencing addiction. Phil will identify how FRCs are an important tool in the recovery toolbox. He will further explain who FRCs are, what they do, and what they provide for the people they serve. Participants will understand the importance of family recovery coaching and how to access a coach if they decide it is right for them.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s)

Advancing Recovery through Mindfulness

Thursday, September 17, 2020
10:00 am


Thomas L. Moore, LMSW, LLP, CAADC, MAC, CCS
Mindfulness is recognized as a component of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and it has been expanded into Mindfulness Based Stress Response, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention. Mindfulness proves an effective intervention with any type of impulse control issues, especially substance use disorders. In addition, research proves Mindfulness as an important strategy with chronic pain. In this session, Tom will discuss when to recognize mindfulness as an appropriate treatment, and which client types it would be effective for. Participants will also experience at least two exercises during the session.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s)

Complementary Pain Management

Monday, September 21, 2020
10:00 am


Markus Munger, PT Cred. MDT
Jason Go, R. Ac.
Nick Reina, MD

Over the past several decades, opioids have been the primary method to manage chronic pain. Opioid use and abuse have increased to significant levels in the United States which warranted renewed efforts to combat the abuse of opioids. Education about the dangers of opioid use and addiction and state laws regulating distribution of opioids are the new norm for managing opioid use. There are non-pharmacological options for the patient which can eliminate or limit the need for opioids to treat pain. Complementary therapies, such as physical therapy, massage, chiropractic and acupuncture are other modalities patients can seek out as an adjunct or, better yet, an alternative to opioids to manage chronic pain. This presentation will discuss some of the science behind pain, the benefits of physical therapy, exercise, and acupuncture as effective treatments for chronic pain as well as presenting some clinical studies that show the effectiveness of physical therapy, exercise and acupuncture.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s), EMS

Recover Together: Eliminating Tough Love and Embracing Loving Well

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
11:00 am


Katie Donovan: Writer, Speaker, Family, Life and Relationship Coach
Katie will share her own story. She discusses the aftermath of an overdose and the role the family plays in recovery. Recovery and support are defined by the resources used to understand treatment. Participants will learn how addiction impacts a family. Discover how to remove archaic phrases and methods that are stigmatizing family members and understand how to better incorporate the family into the healing process.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s), MCOLES pending

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
2:00 pm


Annette Mercatante, MD, MPH
Alyson Koch, BA, CHES

Memories of our experiences are stored in our minds and bodies and have profound impact on who we are as well as who we become. This presentation focuses on findings from the Adverse Childhood Study, which confirm with scientific evidence that adversity early in life increases physical, mental, and behavioral problems later in life. Dr. Mercatante and Alyson will discuss different structures and functions of the brain, and how adversity and toxic stress can affect and change the brain. They will review the ACE Study: How multiple forms of childhood adversity can affect many important public health problems. Participants will learn that ACEs are not destiny, how resilience is formed through individual capabilities, attachment and belonging, and community, culture, and spirituality.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s), EMS

Pathophysiology of Addiction

Thursday, September 24, 2020
2:00 pm


Mohammad Saeed, MD, Medical Director of CMH - Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine Specialist
Understanding the underlying mechanisms of addiction is critical to selecting the necessary treatments for different diseases and individuals. Dr. Saeed will discuss the pathophysiology of addiction. He will explain the pathway of substances, how they affect the brain, and which parts of the brain are affected when someone consumes a substance of abuse. He considers how the changes drive a person's trajectory of substance use, and will answer the question: what are the "top down and bottom up" influences on an addicted individual's brain? Helping to explain the changes which take place in the brain of an addicted individual. Participants will better understand how neurological changes drive a person's behaviors. They will also see the rationale for understanding addictions as a "brain disease" and how to manage it, seeing addiction as a disease assists in deconstructing the stigma surrounding substance use disorders.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s), MCOLES pending, EMS

After the Overdose - Impacts on the Community

Friday, September 25, 2020
9:00 am


Amy Smith, LMSW
Mike McCartan, MA

This workshop will focus on a family’s reaction to family members struggling with addiction and after overdose. Amy and Mike will review the effects the opioid crisis and overdoses have on professionals: first responders, medical professionals, mental health providers, faith-based and community members. They will discuss how to prevent secondary trauma and compassion fatigue and why self-care is important when working with people who struggle with addiction. Participants will be able to define the difference between secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and burn out, and the importance of self-care practices. They will also learn about various responses of professionals and family members to those with substance use disorders.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s), MCOLES pending, EMS

Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Monday, September 28, 2020
10:00 am


Janis Romanik, DO
The goals of this session are to discuss the major barriers to access and utilization of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), including stigma surrounding the use of MAT. Dr. Romanik will identify issues pertaining to opioid use disorder including a review of medication assisted treatment options and the challenges to integrating MAT. She will include discussion on treatment selection based on patient factors and the selection and dosage of opioid agonist therapy for management of patients with opioid use disorders. Participants will learn to describe the barriers to access and utilization of MAT, the process of medication induction including stabilization, maintenance techniques, and treatment discontinuation (when appropriate).
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s), MCOLES pending, EMS

Opioids, Adolescents, and Relationship Building

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
1:00 pm


Melissa Hunt, LMSW, A-CRA
The presentation will discuss the prevalence of adolescent opioid misuse, risks and protective factors. Melissa will talk about how to prevent opioid misuse, relationship/communication skills, and how to get help for parents. Participants will better understand the prevalence of opioid use by adolescents, learn risk and protective factors as well as specific tools for communication with adolescents. Melissa will share local resources for assistance with opioid abuse.
CE Eligible: Social Worker, MCBAP credits pending, CME (Credits for physicians, NP’s, RN’s and PA’s), MCOLES pending, EMS

State of the County Panel

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
2:00 pm


Deb Johnson, St. Clair County Community Mental Health
Jim Johnson, Region 10 PIHP
Dr. Annette Mercatante, St. Clair County Health Department
Dr. Janis Romanik, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center
Mat King, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department
Ken Heuvelman, Odessey House

We end the month-long Opioid Summit with a State of the County panel discussion on what local organization are doing to combat the opioid/other drug crisis within the community. If time permits there will be open discussion where participants will be able to ask questions.
Supported by funds from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
St. Clair County Community Mental Health is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. The approved provider number is: MICEC-0054.
The St. Clair County Medical Society is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society Committee on CME Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
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