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Stemming the Tide - Understanding and Responding to Ohio's Opioid Epidemic
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When: Friday, September 22, 2017
8 AM - 4 PM
Where: Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, Ohio  614.540.5541
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green

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6 CE for psychologists

6 CE for social workers, counselors and marriage & family therapists

Doors opens at 8 a.m... Workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration Information:

Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are included.

Registration deadline is September 18, 2017.

Cost: $150 OPA Members; $180 Non-OPA Members; $100 Students (No CE)


Program Description:

Daily newspaper headlines and nightly news reports assault the minds and hearts of thousands as we witness the growing number of opiate overdoses in our communities. Mental health professionals are among those impacted by this national tragedy, and are offering their expertise and services to stem the tide of this epidemic.  The Ohio Psychological Association hopes to equip willing learners to engage in the community’s response to the opioid crisis. 

Part 1: Presenter Dr. John Gabis, MD, Ross County (Ohio) Coroner, will present on empirical, anecdotal, and demographic data on the recent increases in opioid addiction, overdoses, and deaths.  Dr. Gabis will speak on how this epidemic has emerged among urban and rural populations, law enforcement’s and physician approaches and responses to it, new prescribing regulations and procedures, supply lines that keep the epidemic going, and community responses to feelings of grief, anger, and helplessness. 

Part 2: Presenters will outline one community’s response:  The Heroin Partnership Project of Ross County Ohio.  They will address Ross County’s multi-disciplined and multi-agency community response to the opioid epidemic.  They will address how services are coordinated with the medical community, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, community social services,  the Adena Healthcare System, Ohio Jobs and Family Services, drug courts, and addiction treatment services. They will address how the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) sponsored by Ohio Senator Rob Portman may increase resources for addiction treatment in local communities. 

Part 3: Presenters will include addicts in recovery, speaking from experience regarding the emergence of heroin and opioids in their rural and urban communities, their efforts to remain drug-free, and their messages to mental health professional and addiction experts. 

Part 4: Dr. James Hagen, Ph.D., forensic psychologist, will address how mental health professionals might collaborate effectively with primary care physicians and the medical community regarding dual diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse diagnoses), medication assisted treatments, and treatment protocols and guidelines for mental health practitioners who do not work full-time with persons affected by opioid or heroin addictions.  He will also address how to help families impacted by addiction and overdoses. 

Learning Objectives – Attendees will:

  • Appreciate the widespread impact of the opioid epidemic in Ohio as it affects addicted persons, families, the medical community, law enforcement, and the justice system.
  • Understand one county’s multi-agency integrated response to the opioid epidemic, its effectiveness as a model for other similar projects.
  • Learn from addicted persons how to promote and avoid missteps in recovery.
  • Learn basic addiction treatment approaches in recovery for addicts and families. 

About the Speakers:
Dr. John Gabis, MD,  
received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in 1987. Dr. Gabis served his first year of residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina where he received recognition for teaching medical students from MUSC. His post graduate training continued at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. In 1990, and began private practice with Chillicothe (Ohio) Family Physicians. Since April of 2007, Gabis has been providing primary care to patients at Pickaway Ross Family Physicians in Chillicothe, part of the Adena Health System. Gabis was elected in 1992 as Ross County Coroner, in which office he continues to serve. As Coroner, Gabis has championed the fight against opiate drug overdose deaths in Ross County and helped to found the Ross County Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition, a multi-agency coalition helping to streamline the identification of those needing substance abuse treatment and providing appropriate opportunities for treatment. He is now the chair of the Heroin Partnership Project, that brings together state, county, and local government agencies  and community partners to assess and address the opiate addiction and overdose death epidemic in Ross County and also across the State of Ohio.

James Hagen, PhD,
is a semi-retired clinical psychologist, with a practice limited to forensic assessments and psychological evaluations. Since 1977, he has worked in the Southern Ohio area in private practice and community mental health. He has conducted forensic evaluations for the Ohio Department of Mental Health,  and has taught part-time at Ohio University-Chillicothe.  He also coordinates crisis intervention team training for law enforcement. He is involved with the Heroin Partnership Project in Ross County, Ohio and has conducted over 700 diagnostic assessments of opiate dependent individuals since 2011. He has provided training for substance abuse healthcare professionals on trauma informed treatment, and presented informational talks to community organizations on the heroin epidemic. He is greatly concerned about the opiate crisis in our communities and recognizes the need for integration of all the social services, mental health provider systems, law enforcement, the medical community, and the general public in addressing this national epidemic. 

Key Literary References:

  • Hides L, Carroll S, Catania L, Cotton SM, Baker A, Scaffidi A, et all (2010) Outcomes of an integrated cognitive behaivour therapy (CBT)treatment program for co-occurring depression and substance misues in young people. Journal of affective disorders 121: 169-174.
  • Horsfall J, Cleary M, Hunt GE, Walter G(2009) Psychosocial treatments for people with co-occurring severe mental illnesses and substance use disorders (dual diagnosis): A review of empirical evidence. Harvard Review of psychiatry 17: 24-34.
  • Nunes EV,  Rothenbert JL, Sulivan MA, Carpenter KM, Kleber HD (2006) Behavioral therapy to augment oral naltrexone for opioid dependence: A ceiling on effectiveness? The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse 32: 503-517.
  • Volkow and McLellan (2016) Opioid abuse in chronic pain: Misconceptions and mitigation strategies, N Engl J Med 374:1253-1263.
  • Wilson, et al (2016) Relationship between nonmedical prescription-opioid use and heroin use, N Engl J Med 374:154-163. 
  • “Substance Use Disorders”, Annals of Internal Medicine In The Clinic, http://annals.org/pdfaccess.ashx?url=/data/journals/aim/935159/ accessed 07/13/2017

Questions? Contact OPA at 614.224.0034

The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists: OPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Disclaimers/Cancellation and Refund Policy: Attendees needing to cancel must do so in writing before 7 business days prior to the event and will be subject to a $30 service charge. ALL CANCELLATIONS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO THIS SERVICE CHARGE. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 8 days prior to the event. The planners and sponsors of this event are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, they are not responsible for changes, additions or deletions to the services, but will work toward accommodating the needs of the attendees.

Conflict of Interest Statement: As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education as is consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Information regarding financial support, in-kind support or possible conflicts of interest will be included in promotional materials and can be accessed by contacting the Ohio Psychological Association Central Office. 
Photo Consent: Registration and attendance at OPA events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to OPA for use of the attendee’s image in photographs.
Continuing Education Credit Policies: Those individuals wanting CE credits must sign and complete the Workshop Evaluation Form and return the form to OPA at the end of each workshop as instructed. OPA guidelines state that a participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late or leave more than 10 minutes early to receive credit for a program. No partial credit will be given. The workshop planners will make every effort to ensure that each workshop begins and ends promptly at its designated time.
Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers and Counselors:  The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to offer continuing education to counselors and social workers. The approval number is RCS070608 and RTX071703.
Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop to all pre-registered participants who meet the criteria specified above.