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Training Opportunities Available through UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs was founded in 1999 to formally merge the expertise, resources, and activities of several organizations involved in substance abuse research and treatment in Southern California. Supported by dozens of prominent colleagues, M. Douglas Anglin, Ph.D., Walter Ling, M.D., and Richard Rawson, Ph.D., together formed a unified, multidisciplinary consortium of researchers and clinical professionals investigating substance abuse and its treatment. The resulting organization, now co-directed by Drs. Christine Grella and Thomas E. Freese, has brought to bear a uniquely coordinated, comprehensive approach to the study and treatment of substance abuse.

More than fifteen years of ISAP activities have yielded results that significantly advanced the knowledge base regarding substance use, its consequences, and its treatment, with salient impacts on practice and policy at local, regional, national, and international levels.

ISAP is the organizational home of the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Pacific Southwest ATTC, HHS Region 9), one of 15 domestic training centers supported by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The Pacific Southwest ATTC, which covers Arizona, California , Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau, provides training, information, and collaborative promotion of empirically proven substance use disorder treatment practices. The Pacific Southwest ATTC increases knowledge about and improves the delivery of effective treatments for behavioral health and primary care providers. More information on the Pacific Southwest ATTC’s major training activities is available at www.psattc.org.

We have the capability, through ISAP and the Pacific Southwest ATTC, to provide trainings on a variety of topics, including:

Addiction: A Brain Disease

Administration and Coding of the Addiction Severity Index

ASAM Criteria: Documentation and Other Procedures (Intro and Intermediate/Advanced)

Behavioral Health Treatment Needs of Young Men who have Sex with Men (YMSM) and other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Populations

Best Practices in Addiction Treatment

Clinical Supervision/Technology-Based Clinical Supervision

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Relapse Prevention Strategies

Community-based Inteventions to Treat HIV/AIDS, Hepatits C, and Other Infectious Diseases

Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Culture of Integrated Treatment (Working in Integrated Teams; Health 101/102)

Data Entry Best Practices; Improving Data Quality; Data Integrity

Dealing with DIfficult Patients/Red Flags

DSM-5 and ICD-10 Implementation

Ethics and Confidentiality (42 CFR Part II, HIPAA; New Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age)

Health Care Reform Principles

Illness Management and Recovery

Methamphetamine Treatment (Epidemiology, Etiology, and Physiology; Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches)

Motivational Incentives/Contingency Management

Motivational Interviewing (Introductory and Advanced Levels; Using MI in Group Settings)

Pharmacology of Addiction

Primary Care and Behavioral Health Care Integration (e.g., levels of integration, impact on health care costs; patient-centered care)

Process Improvement Strategies to Improve Client Engagement and Retention in Treatment

Recovery Support Technologies

Recreational and Medical Use of Marijuana

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

Smoking and HIV

Substance Use Disorders 101

Synthetic Drugs

Trauma-Informed Care

Treatment Considerations for Special Populations (i.e., offenders; children and adolescents; women; older adults; etc.)

Treatment Planning for Substance Use Disorders

Use of Medical Language

Use of Medications in the Treatment of Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders

ISAP- and Pacific Southwest ATTC-sponsored trainings are listed on the Training Calendar, which is available on the Pacific Southwest ATTC website. For more information, please visit www.uclaisap.org or www.psattc.org. Please contact Beth Rutkowski by e-mail (brutkowski@mednet.ucla.edu) if you would like to receive e-mail announcements of upcoming training events.