Continuing Education

Our webinars offer free NAADAC and PCB CEUs.

Pennsylvanians: IRETA webinars are approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board to provide credits for addictions practitioners and they satisfy Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Division of Drug and Alcohol Program Licensure training hour requirements.

New Yorkers: Although we are no longer providing NY OASAS CEUs, please note that New York does accept NAADAC.

Innovation and Creation in Recovery: The Growing Field of Recovery Science

August 14, 2019, 2:00pm ET, featuring Robert Ashford, MSW

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Presenter:

Robert Ashford, MSW is a recovery scientist focused on substance use, recovery communities, recovery support services and institutions, integrated behavioral health systems, linguistic patterns, and technological interventions for behavioral health disorders. Mr. Ashford holds a Bachelor of Social Work with minors in Addiction Studies and Psychology from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2). Currently, Robert is pursuing his PhD in Health Policy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Topic:

Recovery science has emerged over the last few years as a field concerned with examining, characterizing, and uplifting addiction and mental health recovery at the individual and community levels. This session will provide an overview of the theoretical foundations of recovery science and examine several innovations in the field over the last two years, including recovery support institutions, recovery measurement, and integrated systems.

Clinical Research on SBIRT and Integrative Healthcare at a Federally Qualified Health Center

September 11, 2019, 2:00pm ET, featuring Ronald Dwinnells, MD

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Presenter:

Ronald Dwinnells, MD, MBA, is a pediatrician who is the founder and CEO of ONE Health Ohio, a Federally Qualified Health Center since 1986. He obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Kentucky and received his MBA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Dwinnells is a frequent speaker on a national level discussing topics of health disparities, integrative health care delivery, health care leadership and administration.

Topic:

Dr. Ronald Dwinnells, the CEO of federally-qualified health center ONE Health Ohio, conducted four separate clinical research projects during a four-year period on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and integrative health care delivery. The studies reveal significant findings supporting the use of SBIRT as a “bridge” to integrate behavioral health with medical and dental services, leading to improved health care and diminishing use of emergency services.

Communities That Care Overview

October 9, 2019, 2:00pm ET, featuring Meghan Blevins

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Presenter:

Meghan Blevins is a Systems Change Specialist at Penn State’s EPISCenter and a certified Communities That Care (CTC) Plus coach. In this role, she helps guide PA communities through the CTC process. She has presented at the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance conference, the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development conference, and CADCA’s 28th National Leadership Forum.

She is working towards her Master of Arts in Community Psychology and Social Change through Penn State University with an anticipated graduation in Fall 2019.

Topic:

This session will include a broad overview of the prevention coalition model, Communities That Care (CTC). Communities That Care is a community-based prevention system proven to reduce youth health and behavior problems communitywide. Based on the premise that communities are unique, CTC helps local coalitions develop community-specific prevention plans based on their unique levels of behavioral health problems and risk and protective factors.

During this session, we will discuss risk and protective factor-focused youth prevention, data-driven decision-making, and assessing the needs of a community through using diverse community representation, and working through the five phases of CTC.