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Substance Use Disorders: A Comprehensive Review and Update 2019

Attend this four-day conference on substance use disorders to hear the latest research and find guidance that enhances your care for patients. Our agenda includes a broad update across the spectrum of substance use disorders. Sessions cover topics from neuroscience and developmental perspectives to recovery-oriented systems of care.

Substance use disorders are complex and have a huge impact on patients, families and communities. They challenge even experienced health care professionals to stay current with evolving guidelines, and they are seen and treated across all professions, disciplines and practice settings. This includes primary care, psychiatry, social work, psychology, family practice, nursing and more.

Our agenda focuses on a broad update across the spectrum of substance use disorders. Sessions cover everything from neuroscience and developmental perspectives all the way through recovery-oriented systems of care. Our faculty share their experience as both clinical caregivers and research experts. They make time to answer questions and help you find solutions for complex conditions.

Plus, enjoy a fabulous venue at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It offers many amenities and is minutes away from numerous area attractions.

See the full agenda.

Learning Objectives

  • Determine the best practices for treatment of substance use disorders
  • Evaluate how to properly screen and diagnose substance use disorders
  • Identify rational, evidence-based pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies for patients with substance use disorders
  • Assess relative utility and strengths of recovery-oriented models of care
  • Analyze the progression of the disease from childhood through adolescence
  • Assess and treat patients with co-morbid substance use, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, pain and infectious diseases
  • Determine how to manage complicated withdrawal
  • Implement motivational interviewing, CBT and contingency management techniques when working with patients suffering from substance use disorders
  • Analyze the effects of and interventions for marijuana and synthetics
  • Identify the different approaches and challenges associated with opioid, alcohol and nicotine treatment

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • General and family practice physicians
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Social workers

Robert Althoff, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics; Director, Division of Behavioral Genetics
Vermont Center for Children, Youth & Families, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Laura Kehoe, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Bridge Clinic, Substance Use Disorder Initiative, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

John Kelly, PhD
Founder and Director, Recovery Research Institute; Program Director, Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS); Associate Director, Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Shamim Nejad, MD
Psychiatrist; Addiction Medicine Specialist, Swedish Hospital

David Rubin, MD
Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy
Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training, Massachusetts General Hospital

Christopher Shaw, NP
Team Leader Addictions Consult Service, Massachusetts General Hospital

Timothy Wilens, MD
Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Co-Director, Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Dawn Williamson, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP
Addiction Specialist, Emergency Department, Massachusetts General Hospital

CreditTypeAccreditation Statement
Designation Statement
15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

15.00 Psychologists CE Credit The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This offering meets the criteria for 15.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists.

This offering meeting the criteria for 15.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.
15.00 Nursing Contact Hours Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 15.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.
   Social Workers The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at 866-644-7792 or for the status of social work CE accreditation.



Other Professions This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category1 Credits(TM) associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda and other supporting documents.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of McLean Hospital that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. McLean Hospital has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest (COI)

McLean Hospital has implemented a process to resolve COI for each CME activity. In order to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public, McLean Hospital has resolved the conflict by External Content Review.

Planner Disclosures

The Mass General Psychiatry Academy adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards and Policies. It is the Psychiatry Academy's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that the Psychiatry Academy may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

MDs/Doctorol-level Professionals

On or before December 7, 2018: $695
After December 7, 2018: $795

Other Professionals

On or before December 7, 2018: $595
After December 7, 2018: $695

Printed Conference Syllabus

On or before February 15, 2019: $29
After February 15, 2019: $45

The conference syllabus is a printed book with all slide presentations and space to take notes adjacent to each slide.

As an alternative to purchasing a conference syllabus, we provide all attendees with completely free access to all slide presentations in digital PDF format prior to the conference. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the conference. This is an environmentally friendly alternative and helps keep costs lower for all attendees.

We may offer a limited supply of the conference syllabus for purchase on-site, however we cannot guarantee the price or availability. We highly recommend purchasing a syllabus in advance if you want one.

Buprenorphine Waiver Training

This training will take place on Sunday, February 17th.


Ask the Expert Breakfast

This session will take place on Tuesday, February 19th.


All sessions will be held at the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.


Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8451
United States



A limited number of rooms have been reserved at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at a discounted rate of $289 (single or double room only, plus state and local taxes) on a first-come, first-served basis. Please specify that you are enrolled in "Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Conference" to receive the reduced room rate. The discounted rate is only valid from February 17th to 20th.

Group Reservation Department phone number: 407-939-4686

Attendees can speak with an agent Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm EST and Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST.

Book a room and explore options for your stay.

Preparing for Your Stay

My Disney Experience: Be sure to visit the "My Disney Experience" tab on the website. Once you register online, there are a multitude of tools available that will really enhance your trip. You can also download the "My Disney Experience" mobile app to access your plans and park information on the go.

Magic Bands: All guests will receive the new Disney Magic Band. This wristband will be used to enter the hotel room and to purchase food and merchandise at select locations. If you purchase theme park admissions, you can easily link that ticket to your Magic Band as well.

If you choose to pre-engage, you will have the option to personalize your Magic Band and select a color. The Magic Bands will then be shipped to your home pre-arrival (if ordered at least 10 days pre-arrival). If you decide to pre-engage and select a color within 10 to 5 days prior to your scheduled date of arrival, your customized Magic Bands will be available for you at check-in.

Any guests who attempt to customize their Magic Bands within 5 days of their scheduled date of arrival will not be able to customize their Magic Bands and will automatically receive our Iconic Gray color.

Online Check-In Service: You may shorten your check-in process by logging into the link below just 10 days prior to your arrival date. When you arrive at the hotel, you will simply need to show a photo ID at the designated online check-in area. Access the check-in service.

Learn more about the venue and register.

Contact Us

Please contact the Mass General Psychiatry Academy with any questions.

Mass General Psychiatry Academy
1 Bowdoin Sq, Ste 900
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 866-644-7792