Boston Medical Center (BMC) Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance (TTA)

A Resource for Healthcare and Social Services Professionals

Addiction 101

September 10, 2024
12:00 pm–1:00 pm ET

This training will provide the foundational knowledge on addiction as a chronic medical condition and an overview of evidence-based interventions, including medications for addiction treatment (MAT).

Please read the Accreditation Information section of this page to learn about the requirements for receiving credit or a certificate of completion.

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Virtual meeting

Via Zoom

Description

This training will provide the foundational knowledge on addiction as a chronic medical condition and an overview of evidence-based interventions, including medications for addiction treatment (MAT).

Intended audience

Medical providers, nurses, social workers, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC), Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselors (CADC), Community Health Workers (CHW), recovery coaches, counselors, Licensed Mental health Counselors (LMHC), and members of the community.

Speakers

Vanessa Loukas, MSN, FNP-C, CARN-AP

Vanessa is a clinical nurse educator for Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance, an assistant professor of medicine at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, and a nurse practitioner at Boston Medical Center. She has expertise in managing substance use disorders, co-occurring psychiatric conditions, and infectious diseases in primary care settings. Her clinical interests include harm reduction, low-barrier treatment, medical addiction groups, and improving care for persons involved in the criminal-legal system. Through her primary role on the Grayken TTA team, Vanessa contributes to peer-reviewed publications, evidence-based clinical guidelines, development and delivery of continuing education programs, and other resources for providers supporting patients with substance use disorders. Prior to joining the Grayken TTA team, Vanessa practiced as a nurse practitioner and was the program director for the addiction treatment program at the South End Community Health Center, caring for high-risk patients with substance use disorders and psychiatric diagnoses. Her work integrated harm reduction, on-demand treatment, infectious disease treatment, and medical addiction groups including within the male/female re-entry/recovery units at the Suffolk County House of Corrections. Vanessa received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Simmons University and is a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse – Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB).

Nancy Regan-Brooks, MSN, FNP, CNM, CARN-AP

Nancy is a clinical nurse educator for Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance, where she contributes to the development and delivery of continuing education programs, peer-reviewed publications, evidence-based clinical guidelines, and other resources for providers supporting patients with substance use disorders. Nancy is also a nurse practitioner, board certified in both family medicine and midwifery with over a decade of experience working in addiction treatment. Prior to joining the Grayken TTA team, Nancy held a position as director of the substance use disorder program at the Community Health Center of Cape Cod, where she maintains clinical practice. Nancy began her career in a community health center in South Boston managing a wide range of pediatric, prenatal, and adult patients. She later transitioned to addiction medicine at High Point Treatment Center in Jamaica Plain where she worked in an acute treatment setting of medically supervised detoxification and treated acute and chronic medical issues on a Crisis Stabilization Services Unit. Nancy also participated in the HEALing Communities Study — a multi-state study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse aimed at reducing overdose deaths — as a lead community partner, facilitating treatment on demand and engaging and empowering other community providers. She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 2011 from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and her Master of Science in Nursing Midwifery in 2017 from Frontier Nursing University. She also holds certification as a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse – Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB).

Objectives

Sponsored by

Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction TTA, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (DPH/BSAS)

Funding for out of state attendees is provided by the Opioid Response Network (ORN).

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI085588-02 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Accreditation information

REQUIREMENTS for credit

  1. Register for training.
  2. Arrive/log into the training no more than 10 minutes after designated start time for program.
  3. Identify yourself by typing your full name into the chat and ensuring your zoom name matches that used to register for training (or you cannot be marked on attendance).
  4. Be present through the end of the activity (i.e. until the designated end time of training).
  5. Complete evaluation within 2 weeks of program completion.

Please note this policy is strictly enforced for accreditation purposes. Participants will forfeit collection of credit and certificates of completion if more than 10 minutes of the training is missed.

Joint Accreditation Statement for CME, Nursing and Social Work

In support of improving patient care, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CME

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing

Nursing Contact Hours: 1.00 number of contact hours of which 0.25 are eligible for pharmacology credit.

Social Work

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 general continuing education credits.

American Psychological Association (APA) CE Designation Statement: 

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs. 

 

New York State Psychology Credit: 

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Barry M. Manuel Center for Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0181 Note: NYS psychologists must attend all sessions for credit. Partial credit is not allowed. The Department’s approval of a provider of continuing education does not constitute the Department’s endorsement of the content, positions or practices that may be addressed in any specific continuing education course offered by the approved provider.                

Note: NYS psychologists must attend all sessions for credit. Partial credit is not allowed. The Department’s approval of a provider of continuing education does not constitute the Department’s endorsement of the content, positions or practices that may be addressed in any specific continuing education course offered by the approved provider.

LMHC

BMC Grayken Center of Addiction TTA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7188. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. BMC Grayken Center of Addiction TTA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. For this program, 1.00 contact hours will be offered to participants who attend the training and complete the evaluation.

LADC/CADC & Recovery Coach

Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (DPH/BSAS) to award LADC/CADC and Recovery Coaches who complete this trainings 1.00 continuing education credits. 

Community Health Worker

Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Board of Community Health Workers to award CHWs who complete this training 1.00 continuing education credits.

Disclaimer

Continuing education (CE) requirements vary by license and jurisdiction. When requesting continuing education credits, please ensure you are following the rules and regulations determined by the board regulating your license. Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction TTA does not oversee adherence to licensing requirements and regulations.

THIS CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES FOR QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. IN NO EVENT SHALL BOSTON UNIVERSITY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN IN RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM. IN NO EVENT SHOULD THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CARE. NO PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS BEING ESTABLISHED. IN NO EVENT SHOULD INFORMATION IN THE MATERIALS REGARDING LAWS, REGULATIONS, OR LEGAL LIABILITY BE CONSIDERED LEGAL ADVICE OR USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CONSULTING WITH AN ATTORNEY.

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Grayken Center for Addiction TTA is a program of Boston Medical Center (BMC), a 514-bed academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End and the largest safety-net hospital in New England.

Funding for Grayken Center for Addiction TTA is provided by:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)
GE Foundation
Opioid Response Network

The content on this site and the content presented by Grayken Center for Addiction TTA is intended solely to inform and educate healthcare and social service professionals, and shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional. The hospital, the program, and the contributors are not acting as health care providers or professional consultants on behalf of any specific patient and disclaim establishing a provider-patient relationship with any specific patient.


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