Northwest ATTC Webinar Series

Northwest ATTC Webinar Series

The Northwest ATTC's monthly webinar series, which began with our first installment, January 31, 2018, will feature presentations on a wide range of topics of interest to the region.

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2019 Schedule

Michelle MarikosAugust 28, 2019, 12-1pm (Pacific)

Peers for Chronic Pain: What Lived Experience Can Do to Help the Pain and Opioid Crisis
Michelle Marikos

Certified Peer Support Specialist

Peer support workers are people who have been successful in recovery from physical or mental health challenges and who help others experiencing similar situations through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment. In this webinar, Michelle will share her story and how she became a peer for chronic pain. Her webinar will offer insight into what peers can do for the pain and opioid crisis.

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Stimulant Use Disorder Webinar Series Part 3:
Implementing Evidence Based Practices to Address Stimulant Use Disorders 
Todd Molfenter, PhD, Bryan Hartzler, PhD, Denna Vandersloot, MEd

August 15, 2019

While the first two installments of this webinar series focused on effective treatment strategies and models for addressing stimulant use disorders, this last installment featured three presenters discussing change management strategies for successfully implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs).

  • Todd Molfenter, PhD, provided an overview on how implementation science informs successful uptake of EBPs.
  • Bryan Hartzler, PhD, presented tips for community-based implementation of contingency management.
  • Denna Vandersloot, MEd, shared lessons learned from implementation efforts involving the Matrix Model of treatment.

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Methamphetamine Use Trends and Consequences in the Northwestern United States
Sara Glick, PhD

July 31, 2019
Research Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine

Methamphetamine use is increasing in the wake of the opioid crisis, particularly in the Western United States. This webinar will describe current trends, including methamphetamine use among people who inject drugs, health consequences like recent HIV outbreaks, non-fatal and fatal overdose, and treatment interest and options.

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Stimulant Use Disorder Webinar Series Part 2:
Provider Perspectives on Effective Strategies for Treating People with Stimulant Use Disorders
Michelle Peavy, PhD, Dominick DePhilippis, PhD, Regina Fox, BS, CSAC

July 18, 2019
Sponsored by the Northwest and Great Lakes ATTCs

This webinar featured a panel of providers presenting their experiences with effective treatment strategies and evidence-based practices for working with individuals with stimulant use disorders.

  • Michelle Peavy, PhD, of Evergreen Treatment Services, addressed challenges and strategies of working with individuals with comorbid opioid use and stimulant use disorders
  • Dominick DePhilippis, PhD, presented on use of contingency management with this population in the VA system
  • Regina Fox, BS, CSAC discussed use of the Matrix Model of treatment in a community-based treatment organization

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Medications for Opioid Use Disorders and Hepatitis C: Access and Adherence Among People Who Inject Drugs
Judith Tsui, MD, MPH
June 26, 2019

Associate Professor of Medicine, Div. of General Internal Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

Hepatitis C virus is on the rise in rural communities of the U.S. This presentation described the syndemic of opioid use disorder (OUD) and hepatitis C (HCV). Dr. Tsui presented evidence showing the current gaps in treatment for OUD and HCV among persons who inject drugs. Based on analysis of current treatment methods and real-world patient living conditions, her presentation also described research on innovative models of care to improve treatment access and outcomes for persons with OUD and HCV.

This webinar was sponsored by the Northwest ATTC and the Area Health Education Center for Western Washington (AHECWW).

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Stimulant Use Disorder Webinar Series Part 1:
Strategies to Address Cocaine and Methamphetamine
Richard Rawson, PhD
June 11, 2019

Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, UCLA School of Medicine and a Research Professor at the University of Vermont

This presentation provided an overview of the current knowledge on the problem of stimulant (cocaine and methamphetamine) use in the U.S., including a review of the extent and geography of use, the clinical syndromes provided by acute and chronic use, a review of behavioral treatments with evidence of efficacy for the treatment of stimulant use disorders, and an overview of the current status of pharmacotherapy research on treatments for stimulant use disorders.

This webinar was sponsored by the Northwest ATTC and the Great Lakes ATTC.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Addiction: The Practice and the Science
May 22, 2019
Jonathan Bricker, PhD, Health and Behavioral Innovations in Technology; Fred Hutchinson Center; UW Department of Psychology

This webinar introduced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), showed how ACT is applied to treat addictions, and briefly surveyed the science supporting ACT for addictions. Numerous clinical examples to illustrate the treatment model were also presented in a highly engaging and informative way.

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Healing the Healer: Employing Principles of Neuroscience, CBT, and MI to Understand and Treat Compassion Fatigue Among Human Services Professionals
April 24, 2019
Troy Montserrat-Gonzales, LPC, LMHC, Multnomah County Health Department

This webinar re-examined compassion fatigue and self-care in light of neuroscience research and offered practical tools for professionals to use to mitigate their own compassion fatigue and strengthen their resilience.

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 Healing Two Generations: Research and Clinical Perspectives on Providing Comprehensive Care for Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder
April 18, 2019
Hendree Jones, PhD and Carl Seashore, MD

This webinar, sponsored by the Northwest ATTC and the Western States Node of the NIDA CTN, will summarize what makes women's treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) unique from men's treatment and highlight key issues when providing treatment to pregnant and parenting women with opioid use and other SUDs.

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Teens R' Us and the SBIRT Model
March 27, 2019
Ken Winters, PhD, Oregon Research Institute and University of Minnesota

This webinar will provide an overview of the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model for use with adolescents who may be using substances. An emphasis will be placed on clinical applications of SBIRT.

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Treating Co-Occurring Trauma and Addiction: Intervening on Opioid, Alcohol, and Other Public Health Challenges
February 27, 2019
John Fitzgerald, PhD, LPC, CAS (Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, OHSU, PSU) and Mark Girard, MSW, LCSW (private practice)

This webinar reviewed key factors necessary for effectively treating co-occurring trauma and addiction. Practical suggestions and tools were offered, including content specific to assessment, early intervention, and long-term recovery.

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Brief Interventions for Cannabis Use Disorders: The Check-Up Model
January 23, 2019
Denise Walker, PhD, University of Washington

How do you engage with clients who are using marijuana heavily, but not interested in treatment? This webinar will focus on the Check-Up model of intervention, designed to attract voluntary participation from non-treatment-seeking marijuana users. The elements of the intervention will be described with a focus on topics of conversation utilized to enhance motivation to change marijuana use. 

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Addressing High-Risk Sexual Behavior Among People in SUD Treatment: Tips for Counselors
December 19, 2018
Mary Hatch-Maillette, PhD
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington

This webinar described how and why SUD treatment counselors should strive for greater comfort and ease in talking to patients about their sexual risk behavior. This includes how counselors can improve their own skill and comfort, a description of the MI Spirit approach, and how they can better link sexual risk with substance use, treatment and recovery when talking with their patients.

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Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behavior
November 28, 2018
Neha Chawla, PhD

In this webinar, you will learn about Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, an evidence-based treatment developed at the University of Washington. Mindfulness practices increase awareness of triggers, habitual patterns, and "automatic" reactions. These practices cultivate the ability to pause, observe present experience, and bring awareness to the range of choices before us. 

Dr. Chawla is one of the co-creators of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention and is also the Founder & Director of the Seattle Mindfulness Center.

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Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders: An Overview
Joint NWATTC/CTN Western States Node webinar

November 7, 2018
P. Todd Korthuis, MD, MPH, Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Korthuis reviewed the biological basis of medications for OUD, presented recent data on the effects of buprenorphine on patient outcomes, and introduced tools for integrating buprenorphine treatment into your current setting. 

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Harm Reduction: An Organizing Framework to Address the Opioid Epidemic
October 24, 2018
Susan Collins, PhD

This webinar defines harm reduction as it is implemented on the policy, population, community and individual levels, discusses its historical roots, and provides a rationale for harm-reduction treatment as a policy and clinical practice to address the opioid epidemic. Susan Collins, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Associate Professor, and co-director of the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center at the University of Washington. 

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Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention Among People Who Use Substances
September 26, 2018
Joanne Stekler, MD, MPH, and Vanessa McMahan, MS, PhDc

This webinar defined pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV and summarized the evidence of PrEP's safety and efficacy for preventing HIV infection, focusing on populations who use substances. It also described research aimed at increasing access and adherence to PrEP among individuals who use methamphetamine in Seattle, WA.

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Addressing Youth Substance Abuse in the Juvenile Justice System: Reconciling Treatment Court and Clinical Intervention Approaches
August 29, 2018

Jacqueline van Wormer, PhD, Whitworth College
Joshua Leblang, EdS, LMHC, University of Washington

This webinar tackles the complex and high stakes issues of how to best manage youth substance abuse needs for youth who are court-involved. Treatment courts attempt to balance due process with rehabilitation but many advocates are raising concerns that treatment courts may pose more harm than benefit for substance abuse recovery. This webinar brings together national research and clinical experts on the topic. Webinar attendees will get firsthand information about the effective components of juvenile drug courts, the real world challenges of implementing these essential elements, and a clinical overview of the key components need to achieve substance use prevention and recovery outcomes for adolescents.

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The Impact of Stigma on Healthcare for People with SUD
July 25, 2018
Joe Glass, PhD, MSW, Kaiser Permanente WA Health Research Institute

This webinar will examine the stigma of substance use disorders. Dr. Glass will review evidence about how stigma shapes healthcare experiences and treatment seeking, and will discuss practical issues such as why and how to avoid using stigmatizing language.

Dr. Glass is an Assistant Investigator with Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, an Affiliate Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the School of Medicine at University of Washington, and a licensed independent clinical social worker. He studies brief interventions in healthcare settings, the stigma of substance use disorders, and health disparities. Dr. Glass also holds a career-development award from the National Institute of Health to study online treatments for substance use disorders in healthcare settings.

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The Healing of the Canoe: Strengths-Based Life Skills Curriculum for Tribal Youth
June 27, 2018
Dennis Donovan, PhD, Director, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington; Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, UW School of Medicine

In this webinar, Dr. Donovan will describe the Healing of the Canoe (HOC) project, a collaborative between the Suquamish Tribe, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (PGST), and the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) to plan, implement, and evaluate culturally grounded interventions to reduce health disparities and promote health with both Native American tribes. The Healing of the Canoe focuses on substance abuse and suicide prevention for Native youth. It was designed to be adapted by Native communities using community-specific traditions, values and beliefs to strengthen youths' connection to their communities and cultures, and strengthen their future hope and optimism. HOC uses the Pacific NW Canoe Journey as a metaphor, providing skills needed to navigate life’s journey without being pulled off course by alcohol or drugs – with Native culture as compass to guide them and anchor to ground them. The NWATTC offers training and TA for communities interested in adapting and implementing the Healing of the Canoe intervention.

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Best Practices in Recovery Oriented Systems of Care: The Case of Pioneer Human Services
May 30, 2018
Steve Woolworth, PhD, Vice President of Treatment & Reentry Services, Pioneer Human Services

In this webinar, Dr. Woolworth shared a brief history of Pioneer Human Services (PHS), one of the nation’s largest social enterprise organizations, accompanied by a summary of the organization’s current service model and the emerging practices that PHS is investing in to address social determinants of health and the criminogenic and clinical risk factors associated with criminal justice recidivism, chronic addiction, and homelessness.
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Management of Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care
April 25, 2018
Joseph O. Merrill, MD, MPH, UW Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Merrill is a UW associate professor of medicine and a certified expert in addiction medicine. He has clinical and research expertise in primary care, addiction medicine, pain medicine, and HIV medicine. As a member of the UW School of Medicine Colleges Faculty, he is active in medical student education. He teaches students, residents, and practicing physicians in a wide variety of settings. 

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Washington State Targeted Response (WA-Opioid STR): An Overview of the Funded Projects
March 27, 2018
Tom Fuchs, MEd, Behavioral Health Adult Treatment Manager for DSHS-Behavioral Health and Recovery Division

Mr. Fuchs described the 18 funded projects for the Washington State Targeted Response (WA-Opioid STR) grant, a statewide effort to address the opioid epidemic through increased access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services. The plan builds on the state strategic plan, existing infrastructures and expanding implementation of proven programs and strategies to meet the needs of the state. 
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Patient-Centered Care for Patients in Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)February 28, 2018
K. Michelle Peavy, PhD, Research and Training Manager, Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS)

Dr. Peavy described a treatment model for opioid use disorders that leverages patient-centered care components and enhances retention among individuals who struggle with ongoing drug use, and discussed clinical implications of that model.
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Introducing the New Northwest ATTC
January 31, 2018
Meet the staff of the new Northwest ATTC at the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, and learn about our mission and strategic vision for the coming years!