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Dealing with the Opioid Epidemic 

A Training Resource

Dealing with the Opioid Epidemic -

A Training Resource

By Jim Messina, Ph.D., CCMHC, NCC, DCMHS-T
COPING.US Training Programs Continuing Education Program: 
Dealing with the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic & Non-Medication Treating of Pain

CEU’s: 2-3 hours based on request  (CE Broker Tracking #20-615468)

Resource for Course on

Program Description: This program takes an intervention orientation to the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic with a view towards understanding the full range of Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) for the Opioid and Heroin Addiction. There also needs to be a holistic approach to treating people with this condition. These holistic approaches can be used as alternatives to the use of medication in treating chronic or acute physical pain which has up to this point in time been the gateway to this epidemic. This epidemic has gotten the public's attention and it is imperative that mental health professionals, no matter in what setting they work, are informed and up to date about the epidemic, its treatment and its prevention. Finally, It is important that Mental Health Professionals become skilled In many of the holistic approaches which are promoted in the treating of this epidemic as well as in the treating of chronic and acute pain.

Learning Objectives

1. To learn about the impact of the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic in America today with an exploration of what are the underlying issues which are feeding this epidemic’s breadth and depth in America.

2 To learn about the neuroscience involved in the use of opioid and heroin to satisfy the mesolimbic region of the brain and to learn what can be done to turn this addicting process around through the use of both medication assisted treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches

3. To learn about Holistic Therapeutic Techniques which clients can use to recover from their addictions as well as deal with their chronic pain in a non-medicating way so they can grow stronger and committed to personal growth and recovery despite what the challenges are that come their way.

4. To learn about the Holistic Approaches to supplement the treatment of coping with opioids, heroin and chronic pain such as:  Mindfulness, Biofeedback, Creative Arts, Equine Assisted Therapy, Gardening, Guided Imagery, Hypnosis, Journaling, Massage and Body Work.

FMHCA Webinar
“Why not become a Behavioral Health Consultant Supporting Suboxone for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)?” Webinar – Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, January 22, 2021.