Addictions Continuing Education Online Conference

Join us for this virtual course May 14-15, 2021

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About the Event

Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital are pleased to offer this intensive 2-day online course which brings together some of the foremost authorities in the addiction field.

Topics will include new, evidence-based treatments, the nuances of treating co-occurring disorders along with addiction, and special populations. Smaller breakout sessions allow for in-depth exploration of topic areas in an interactive and stimulating format that should enhance learning and skill building.

Because alcohol and drug misuse have so many dimensions and disrupt so many aspects of an individual’s life, treatment is never simple. To effectively help the people seeking your guidance, it can be invaluable to take time from your busy practice to update your knowledge and skills around all of these complex areas and treatment strategies. This conference consolidates all of the latest information and helps you apply it in the office when you return.

Participants will benefit from the presentations and breakout sessions on how to:

  • Provide effective treatments for opioid use disorder, so that you can help address the national epidemic
  • Provide a wide array of evidence-based treatment options available to both prescribers and non-prescribers
  • Recognize and treat co-occurring disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and insomnia
  • Work with specific populations, such as women, adolescents, and the LGBTQ+ population

Each afternoon, you will choose two different interactive sessions that will provide opportunities for in-depth exploration of topics relevant to your practice.


Join us online for this year’s virtual course on the latest in the field of addiction.


Who Attends

  • Psychiatrists, Psychologists
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors

About Addiction

It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from an addiction to alcohol or drugs, and approximately 20% of all Americans smoke cigarettes. The recent surge of opioid addiction and deaths from overdose are a national crisis.

The consequences of addiction are numerous: it results in myriad health problems, harms and disrupts families and other relationships, and can leave individuals isolated, depressed, and even suicidal. Addictions can lead to vulnerability to co-occurring disorders, and co-occurring disorders can sometimes lead to addictions, making treatment of either condition particularly complex. Individuals with an addiction often deny the extent of the problem and resist treatment altogether.

Despite all of these difficulties, countless Americans confront and overcome their addictions every year, often with the help of health care professionals and formal treatment programs.


At successful completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and treat co-occurring psychiatric disorders in patients with substance use disorders
  • Customize treatments for special populations, including women and LGBTQ+ people
  • Implement appropriate treatment for opioid use disorder
  • Prescribe appropriate medications in treating alcohol and opioid use disorders
  • Recognize and diagnose stimulant use disorder and recommend appropriate treatment
  • Recognize and diagnose hallucinogen use disorder and recommend appropriate treatment
  • Develop a plan with the patient to cut down or abstain from substance use
  • Apply advanced CBT skills
  • Implement evidence-based treatments to help people stop smoking

Physicians and Doctoral-Level Professionals


Other Professionals and Trainees


Optional Pre-Conference Workshop



  • Friday


    May 1, 2020

  • Saturday


    May 2, 2020


Physicians and Doctoral-Level Professionals



Other Professionals and Trainees



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Continuing Education Opportunities

McLean Hospital, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School, hosts a series of conferences focused on topics in mental health.

With expert speakers from around the globe, the courses include panel presentations, question and answer sessions, and other engaging learning formats.

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Accreditations and Approvals


Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 5.25 credits of risk management study. This includes: 5.25 credits of opioid education and pain management training. Please check your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming these credits.


McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants meeting requirements will receive 13.25 CE credits.


This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 16 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: This activity meets the criteria for 11 continuing education hours of pharmacotherapeutics.

Social Workers

Please contact us at 617.855.3140 for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors

McLean Hospital has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM No. 6085). Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. McLean Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This offering meets requirements for up to 13.5 NBCC hours.

Addiction Specialists

An application has been submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification for 13.5 credit hours.

Certified Addiction Specialists

The sponsor of this program has been approved to offer 13.5 hours of continuing education credit for the certified addiction specialists (CAS) in accordance with the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders. Approval No. 20-1440.

International Clinicians

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society, or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found on their website.

ABMS/ACGME Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties/Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education competencies: patient care and procedural skills, and professionalism.

IOM Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine (IOM) competencies: provide patient-centered care, and work in interdisciplinary teams.

Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS 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 HMS 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.

Tuition Payment, Confirmation, and Refund Policy

Conference and workshop fees include all lectures, printed materials, and continental breakfast. All fees shown in USD. Also included in your tuition are afternoon breakout sessions from which you can choose topics that best align with your practice needs.

Payment via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express) can be made online.

If paying by check, please make it payable to Harvard Medical School. Learners who choose to pay by check will be prompted to download an online form to send in with payment. Telephone or fax registrations are not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted.

Upon receipt of your paid registration, an email confirmation from the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education office will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information, including registration confirmation, evaluation, and certificate.

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by email. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than two weeks prior. No-shows are subject to the full course fee, and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.

Questions? Call 617.384.8600, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, or email

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