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Working with Parents of Young People Who Use Opioids by Gregg Benson, MA, LCADC

  • 12 Jun 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Virtual Meeting via Zoom
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Essex Union County Association of Psychologists and

Morris County Association of Psychologists

invite to join us for the program:

Working with Parents of Young People Who Use Opioids

Friday, June 12, 2020

Zoom Webinar

Program: 9:00-10:30

1.5 CE credits

Presented by:

 Gregg Benson, MA, LCADC

The current crisis and epidemic centering around the use, misuse, abuse and addiction, of and to Opioid/Opiate drugs has clearly become of paramount concern and attention across the spectrum of our multidisciplinary clinical practices. By the time a young person’s use of opioids becomes recognized, whether initially by prescription or otherwise obtained, it is highly likely that it has been occurring for an extended period of time. Further, due to the highly addictive nature of the drug, it is also highly likely that the young person may be both psychologically dependent and physically addicted.

The discovery that one’s adolescent or young adult child is using and/or addicted to opioids is a frightening and highly charged emotional event, often expressed with fear driven anger, interrogation, threats, punishment and other demands.

If we as psychologists, clinical social workers, counselors or other allied mental health professionals are to be of help, it is incumbent upon us to gain at least a working knowledge of the drugs, the signs and symptoms of use, abuse and/or addiction as well as a familiarity with potential resources, treatments, supports and other behaviors that may be helpful to begin addressing these difficult issues. It is important to remember that becoming addicted to the drug(s) was not intentional nor the desired result of using them.

This workshop will serve as an introduction to the nature of the Opioid / Narcotic class of drugs, the benefits and the risks of their use and addiction potential, the signs, symptoms and nature of abuse/addiction and potential intervention and treatment options.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will gain an understanding and applicability of:

1.      The nature of the Opioid / Narcotic class of drugs with differentiation between Opioids & Opiates.

2.      The benefits, risks and addiction potential of the drugs.

3.      The nature and progression of Opioid/Opiate (Narcotic) Addiction, including Tolerance & Withdrawal Syndrome.

4.      The Signs and Symptoms of Opioid/Opiate Use.

5.      Potential Interventions and Treatment Options.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Graduate Students

Program Sophistication: Intermediate

No conflicts of interest or commercial support.

Proprietary Information - NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.

Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations are available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact Susan Parente (sparente3@mac.com) for more details.

Free for EUCAP, MCPA members and students

$20 for non-members

A portion of the fees collected will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please see the MCPA website (mcpanj.com) to register for this event.

Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the program.

Link for completion of CE evaluation and credit (with payment to NJPA) will be available at the end of the webinar.

Please contact Dr. Susan Parente (sparente3@mac.com) or Dr. Monica Indart (monica.indart@gmail.com) with questions.

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