Education

Pre-Conference Offerings

This year ASAM presents three exciting Pre-Conference Courses and Workshops options. This is an unprecedented opportunity to expand your learning with in-depth science-to-practice learning on the burning topics that face medical professionals in the addiction medicine field. 

Note: 

  1. A separate fee is required to attend either The Pain & Addiction:Common Threads Course XVIII, The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Workshop, or The Motivational Interviewing Workshop.
  2. Please register for only ONE of the pre-conference courses.
  3. All activities will be held Thursday, April 6, 2017; 8:00 am - 5:30 pm at the ASAM headquarters hotel, Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
  4. Check back frequently for program updates.

The ASAM Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course XVIII

Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:00 am - 5:30 pm  
(Separate Registration Required)

Pain, Addiction, and Opioids – There and Back Again

The theme for the 18th year of The ASAM Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course is There and Back Again. In the past couple years, research and clinical guidelines for treating patients with pain and/or addiction have evolved dramatically, challenging the traditional way providers think about pain and addiction. Experts in the field will review the scientific, legislative, and clinical updates from the recent months and examine how these updates will affect the methods providers use to treat their patients. Presenters will also address how the “traditional” pain and addiction provider has changed and how to get providers from diverse backgrounds on the same page for patient care. Participants will learn about the many paradigm-shifting updates to the field through a series of mini-lectures. Participants will discuss ways to apply these changes to their practices with a rousing afternoon discussion with peers. Course attendees will leave the course with new knowledge and an understanding that can be immediately applied to their clinical practice.  

*Registrants receive complimentary access to the recorded sessions through the ASAM e-Learning Center following the conference.

Who Should Attend

This course is aimed toward healthcare providers, at any level, who see patients with chronic pain and substance use disorders. Provider specialties can include, but are not limited to: addiction medicine, pain medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, anesthesiology, and psychiatry.


The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Workshop 

Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
(Separate Registration Required)

Addiction is a chronic brain disease and there are treatments available to help patients. 

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine is a practical, case-based workshop designed for providers new to the field of addiction medicine, such as primary care physicians, clinicians, and general psychiatrists, who see patients at risk for or with substance use disorders (SUDs). This workshop will also support providers in emergency care settings who often see patients with addiction. 

The increased interest in expanding the physician and care team’s role in treating addiction has arisen, in part, because of the comorbidities of medical and other psychiatric illnesses among patients who use substances. With the increased awareness of patients with addiction and patient access to medical care, it is fitting that the need for early intervention, treatment, and/or referral to specialists take place in primary care and general psychiatry practice.

Who Should Attend

Primary care physicians, clinicians, emergency/urgent care providers and general psychiatrists and other members of the healthcare team interested in learning more about addiction medicine and how to recognize, treat and/or refer patients with substance use disorders.


The ASAM Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Offered in collaboration with Train for Change.
(Separate Registration Required - Limited to 100 Attendees)

This new workshop on motivational interviewing (MI) focuses on improving conversations about change. Participants are provided with key motivational interviewing skills to promote patient engagement. The spirit of motivational interviewing, as well as how it differs from traditional forms of patient counseling will be covered, with special attention to the first of the four MI processes: engagement. Traps that can lead to disengaged interactions will be discussed, including strategies to avoid these traps. Participants will learn and practice basic MI techniques throughout the training. Emphasis will be given to MI listening skills including open questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries. Throughout the training, time will be devoted to participant questions, discussion, and skill practice, in addition to brief lectures and video content. Participants will be provided with a Training Journal to use during the session and promote ongoing learning after the session.

Who Should Attend

This workshop provides an introduction to motivational interviewing focusing on the first process of MI, engagement, to increase patient motivation and decrease disengagement through knowledge acquisition and skill practice.