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Grief and Loss in Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SAPC-UCLA Lecture Series)



County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control Program


UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology


Transfer Center and the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence


Presents a Special Training on:


Grief and Loss in Substance Use Disorder Treatment 


Friday, October 6, 2023; 10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. PDT

Live Virtual Lecture Series offered via Zoom 

Featured Presenter and Panelists:

Jes Montgomery, MD, Medical Director, APN Dallas 

Ka Chi Grace Wong, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist II, Clinical Standards & Training (CST) Branch, SAPC 

        Mauro Barachetti, PsyD, Regional Director, Pinnacle Treatment Centers   Jina Tintor, LCSW, Director of Clinical Programs, Homeless Health Care LA



Grief is a typical response of sorrow, heartache, and confusion that comes from losing someone or something important. Grief can also be a common human response after a disaster or other traumatic event. Death and trauma is highly prevalent in the work we do, which has increased in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the drug poisoning/overdose crisis. The experience of grief and loss is complex in the substance use disorder treatment field and is rarely addressed. This lecture series event will describe the grieving process, phases of grief, and what happens when the process is interrupted. Traumatic grief, suicide, and the impact of COVID-19 and overdose deaths experienced in the treatment and recovery field will also be discussed. Grief is conditioned by its dependence on an evolving cultural context, and cultural considerations will also be discussed. 
The panel portion of the lecture series event will feature Los Angeles County-based providers sharing what their agency has done to help support their providers in dealing with grief and loss in the field. Helpful resources will be shared including how to support SUD treatment providers.   

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.    Explain the six (6) stages/phases of grief.
2.    Describe at least two (2) ways grief and loss can impact your brain and physical health.
3.    Identify at least three (3) strategies to help cope with grief and loss.
4.    Name two (2) cultural considerations that may influence how to best support Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Providers coping with grief and loss.

Continuing Education:

The training course meets the qualifications for the provision of three (3.0) continuing education credits/ contact hours (CEs/CEHs). UCLA ISAP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #64812). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for three (3.0) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UCLA ISAP is also an approved provider of continuing education for RADTs I/II, CADCs-CASs, CADCs I/II, CADCs-CSs, and LAADCs (CCAPP, #2N-00-445-1123), CATCs (ACCBC/CAADE, #CP40 872 C 0822), and CAODCs (CADTP,  #151).

CE credit will be awarded six-eight weeks after the virtual training. Partial credit will not be available for those participants who arrive late or leave early.


UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the

California Medical Association (CMA) through the joint providership of UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) and SAPC. UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) is accredited by the CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) designates this live virtual training course for a maximum of three (3.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes that Continuing Medical Education (CME) is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements as long as the course is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM ( Nurses will receive a Certificate of Participation following this activity that may be used for license renewal. Continuing medical education will be awarded within 6-8 weeks following completion of the training.


Instructions for Filing a Grievance Concerning UCLA ISAP’s Continuing Education Program:

Please contact Dr. Thomas E. Freese, CE Program Administrator, in writing (UCLA ISAP, 10911 Weyburn Avenue, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90024-2886) or by phone (310-267-5397). Alternately, you may contact Dr. Gloria Miele or Dr. James Peck, ISAP-affiliated doctoral-level psychologists responsible for program planning for the ISAP CE Program. Drs. Miele and Peck can be reached in writing at: 10911 Weyburn Avenue, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90024-2886 or by phone at: 310-267-5888 (Miele) or 310-267-5346 (Peck).


Please contact Brandy Oeser at 310-267-5331 or via email at [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

If you need a disability-related reasonable accommodation/alternative format for this event, please contact Brandy Oeser at (310) 267-5331 or via email at [email protected] by September 23, 2022.


This lecture series will be recorded.


Refund/Cancellation Policy: Notice of cancellation must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the training by emailing Brandy Oeser at [email protected]. You can also cancel directly via zoom.


Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited to 1000 people. Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.


You will receive a zoom confirmation if space has been reserved for you.


Starts: Oct. 6, 2023 10:00 am
Ends: Oct. 6, 2023 1:15 pm
Registration Deadline
October 6, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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