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Opioid Conference - Summer 2019
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When: Friday, July 19, 2019
9 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, Ohio  43240
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green

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

Registration Information: (Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are included.)

Registration deadline is July 12, 2019.

Save $20 by registering on or before June 25, 2019 with the Early Bird Discount!

OPA Member Fee: $150 | OPA Student Member Fee: $100 | Non-OPA Member Fee: $180  

OPA's 2019 Opioid Conference includes the following two sessions...

Session #1 | 9 - 10 AM
Using Assessment to Improve Outcomes, Reduce Risk, and Maximize Efficiency

Program Description:
This is a one hour presentation looking at how assessments are effective in improving outcomes, reducing risk, while at the same time maximizing efficiency. This is accomplished by identifying core issues and mitigating factors that can hinder or enhance the treatment process. An example of core issues and mitigating factors include mood disorders, comorbid conditions, personality characteristic, social support, physical health, attitudes toward treatment, just to name a few. With this information a comprehensive treatment plan with a high potential for success can be initiated across the health care community.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Utilize assessments to reduce client risk 
  2. Describe mitigating factors that can hinder or enhance treatment
  3. Apply assessments in a way that will maximize treatment efficiency 

About the Speaker:
Dr. Paul Williams received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1998 from George Fox University. This included a one year internship, followed by a one year post-doctoral residency in the medical psychology department of Kaiser Permanente in Salem Oregon. This included neuropsych assessment supervision from Dr. Murial Lezak of Oregon Health Sciences University. Following several years of psychological consultation in a variate of mental health and medical settings, Paul has spent the past 16 years devoting efforts to research, test development, and professional support of various mental health assessments in his role as Senior Research Director, and current role as Healthcare Solutions Analyst at Pearson Clinical Assessment.

Key Literary References:

  • Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 42. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 2005. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64196/ 
  • Full list of literature references will be provided as part of attendees handouts.


Session #2 | 10:15 AM - 4:30 PM
Roles of Healthcare Providers in Managing the Opioid Crisis

Program Description:
A major pathway to the current opiate addiction crisis was the over-prescribing of opiates for pain. Physicians are now under extreme pressure to reduce prescribing, but there has not been adequate emphasis and support for non-opiate approaches to pain management. This workshop will focus on evidence-based approaches to pain management, and their application both in prevention/reduction of opiate prescribing in acute injury and in helping opiate dependent individuals with pain learn to function without opiates. Approaches to better managing opiate dependent individuals, especially combing behavioral and medication approaches, will also be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how healthcare providers can reduce the risk of overprescribing of opioids in their communities 
  2. Apply evidence based, non-opioid treatments for pain management 
  3. Summarize the role of Medication Assisted Therapies in addiction management

About the Speakers:
David Schwartz, PhD earned his doctorate in Clinical and Health Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1982. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pain management at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He has published and presented extensively in the areas of pain management, health psychology, and industrial injury. His private practice specializes in complex medical/psychological injuries. He currently chairs the OPA Task Force on BWC reform and is the OPA and Ohio State Board of Psychology representative to the BWC’s healthcare quality assurance committee. His current interests include alternatives to opiates in pain management. 

Jason Tuckerman, MD received his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Tuckerman’s primary appointment is at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, where he provides general medical care to patients receiving residential treatment for substance abuse and PTSD. He also collaborates with the Cleveland VA pain management team on research projects related to opioid prescribing. In addition, Dr. Tuckerman works in a community substance abuse clinic in Mansfield, OH providing medication-assisted treatment to patients with opioid addiction. 

Cynthia Van Keuren, PsyD is a 2003 graduate of Xavier University. Dr. Van Keuren completed a 2 year residency at the Cleveland Clinic’s Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program. She then worked for 10 years in the pain management center at the Cleveland VA where she developed a CARF accredited intensive outpatient program for the management of chronic pain. Dr. Van Keuren was also involved in weekly lectures to VA providers in rural communities to promote the biopsychocial management of chronic pain. 

Kevin Young, PhD is a practicing Clinical Psychologist specializing in the assessment of personality and psychopathology, as well as the treatment of substance and behavioral addictions. He currently holds a position as a psychologist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affair Medical Center. He has a wide variety of research interests, including the measurement of competencies in professional and pre-professional psychologists, the role of personality and psychopathology in the effective delivery of opiate replacement substance abuse treatment, and the effective measurement of psychopathology in veteran populations.

Key Literary References:

  • Chou, R., Turner, J. A., Devine, E. B., Hansen, R. N., Sullivan, S. D., Blazina, I., Dana, T., Bougatsos, C., & Deyo, R. A. The Effectiveness and Risks of Long-Term Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review for a National Institutes of Healthy Pathways to Prevent Workshop. Annals of Internal Medicine, 162, (4). 
  • Jensen, M. P. & Turk, D. C. (2014). Contributions of Psychology to the Understanding and Treatment of People with Chronic Pain: Why it Matters to All Psychologists. American Psychologist, 69, 105-118. 
  • Okifuji, A. & Turk, D. C. (2015). Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Treating Patients with Chronic Pain: Thinking Outside the Pill Box. Journal of Rational Emotive Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 33: 218-238.


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