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Educational Session

LIVA18015 - A Counselor's Guide to Medication - Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Credits: None available.

Standard: $49.00
Members: $29.00


As a counselor, have you ever wondered what you can do about the opioid epidemic? Have you ever had questions about medication-assisted treatment programs (MATPs)? If so, you do not want to miss this session! With a focus on providing baseline information for counselors new to opioid addiction, the presenters will utilize their combined expertise in clinical mental health counseling and addictionology to answer your questions about individuals with an opioid addiction and MATPs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Counselors will learn the relevant background information related to the opioid epidemic, including prevalence data and current trends. Counselors will also gain an understanding of what it is like to be addicted to opioids, and they will have the opportunity to confront their own biases about individuals with opioid addiction.
  • Counselors will learn about Medication Assisted Treatment Programs (MATP). This presentation will provide information on methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine products, like Suboxone. Baseline information on the medications will be provided, including how it is administered and its impact on the brain. Narcan, the antidote for an opioid overdose, will also be discussed.
  • Counselors will learn about their role in Medication Assisted Treatment Programs (MATP). The presentation will include education on how to identify an individual with opioid addiction and what constitutes an appropriate referral to a MATP. Counselors will also learn their role in working with an addictionologist.


  • Brian R. Russ, PhD, Assistant Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University of Columbus
  • Bruce Baker, Addictionologist, Newaygo County Mental Health


  • 1.00 - Clock Hours
  • 1.00 - NBCC
  • 1.00 - CRCC
  • 1.00 - NAADAC
  • 1.00 - Washington Hours

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Rebecca McDaniel
8/3/18 7:54 pm

Is it possible to access a copy of the powerpoint that does not contain photographs of the lecture as well?

William Carpenter
8/4/18 4:15 pm

Very disappointing, as many have stated each time you post a CE without a pdf article. I listen to people talk in my office between 30-40 hours a week. Personally, I find being able to read an article with a cup of coffee a nice break. This Power Point is a very poor substitution for that. These are the only monthly CEs I skip.

Debora Gates
8/6/18 10:56 am

I would also like to access a copy of the powerpoint with the lecture verbiage.

Jennifer Sayers
8/9/18 8:29 am

I agree with the previous comments. The handout should have a transcript of the lecture. Pictures of a person talking are not helpful at all and this is incredibly important information all counselors need to know. We cannot refer back to look up information without text.

Terri Ballein
8/9/18 7:06 pm

I agree. copy of the powerpoint would be helpful!

Martha White
8/9/18 7:27 pm

Calling this a handout is almost a lie... handouts contain information.... this VERY long pdf contains less than 10% information. I agree that allowing us to read--which many can do MUCH faster and with more comprehension than listening--is critical. I remembered why I never do this--get this CEU. It is way too humbug!

Brittany K Garcia
8/10/18 5:04 pm

Also wondering about the powerpoint

Walter Coplen
8/10/18 5:48 pm

The information was wonderful and helpful, but way too much for 1 CE. Also I had to listen twice to the talk because I was unable to successfully complete the exam , and some of the questions asked in the exam, were not answered in the talk. It made it very challenging to get the correct answer when I did not have the correct information.

Jodi Nicastro
8/11/18 2:04 pm

I completed this course. I need CRCC credit for New York. My #5966. Thanks. Jodi Nicastro

Sarah Olma
8/16/18 12:22 am

Powerpoint please

Rebecca White
8/21/18 2:28 pm

Once I started listening to the video and heard the amount of dense information being presented without an accompanying handout, I stopped. I agree with the other comments that it's easier to READ something for the CEU than listen, when all I do all day is LISTEN to clients. Please no more of these video CEUs!!!

Timothy White
8/23/18 10:08 pm

I personally enjoy watching videos. However, I strongly agree with other comments that a companion transcript should be available for those who find reading more appropriate for their learning style.

Summer Chappell
8/24/18 10:06 am

No closed captioning available for the video. No transcription available in the handouts. Not accessible. Disappointing.

8/29/18 1:15 am

So far it has taken an hour and 10 minutes to listen to 24 minutes of statistics. Put the script in writing and stop punishing those of us who can read. Put the free CEU's back into Counseling and JCD and stop this rubbish nonsense that videos and podcasts are somehow more meaningful than a well written article.

Rachel Hayes
8/30/18 10:16 pm

Too long for only 1 CE and needed the lecture verbiage to better follow along with.

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