• Course Detail

    Amid the post-pandemic substance use and mental health crisis, clinicians are faced with a significant prevalence of these disorders in their patients. In urban, suburban and rural settings; for both insured and uninsured, addiction plagues our society and causes widespread suffering.

    Clinicians in this environment need immediate and practical strategies to help their patients manage and recover. How can primary and specialty care providers better communicate and integrate efforts? What are examples of feasible and successful group care models? How can patients be empowered toward self-healing? What are the emerging trends focused on trauma and mindfulness techniques? And crucially, how can clinicians prioritize their own self-care as the opioid epidemic continues?

    Join both new and longtime colleagues at this course to review the latest clinical findings and treatment strategies for addictive behaviors in adolescents and adults. We welcome all health care clinicians, including substance and mental health specialists as well as anyone concerned with the care and treatment of addicted individuals.

    Who Should Attend
    • Specialty Physicians
    • Primary Care Physicians
    • Psychologists
    • Social Workers
    • Counselors
    • Nurses
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Physician Assistants
    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    • Review the trajectory of addiction recovery theory and practice over the past few decades.
    • Summarize the latest trends and treatment strategies to combat the opioid epidemic.
    • Discuss the challenges and keys to success for implementing group-based addiction care models.
    • Outline strategies to increase and improve communication and integration between behavioral health specialists and primary care providers.
    • Describe an innovative model for treating trauma and addiction.
    • Summarize the clinical effects of using mindfulness-based techniques in treating addiction, and how to use them in practice.
    • Review key harm reduction strategies.
    • Apply skills to better counsel teens on the risks and benefits of cannabis.
    • List several ways clinicians can promote their own mental health, reduce burnout and maintain resiliency.
    ABMS/ACGME Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

    • Professionalism
    • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
    • Medical Knowledge
    IOM Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine Core Competencies:

    • Provide Patient-Centered Care
    • Employ Evidence-Based Practice

    Please contact the Continuing Education Programs with any questions by email at ceprograms@hms.harvard.edu.

  • Agenda

    Friday, March 1, 2024

    8:05-8:15 AM
    Welcome & Introduction
    Mark Albanese, MD; Janice Kauffman, RN, MPH, CAS, LADC 1
    8:15-9:30 AM
    Norman E. Zinberg Memorial Lecture: Addiction Recovery: From Culture to Science
    John F. Kelly, PhD
    9:30-10:00 AM
    Navigating Speedbumps of Group-Based Addiction Care in Primary Care
    Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd
    10:00-10:30 AM
    Group-based Addiction Care Models in Specialty Care
    Shaun Bries, LCSW, MSW-ITR, EMDR
    10:30-11:00 AM
    11:00-11:30 AM
    Recovery Squared: Group Therapy via Telehealth
    William Heran, PhD, LICSW
    11:30 AM-12:00 PM
    Panel Discussion/Q&A
    Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd; Shaun Bries, LCSW, MSW-ITR, EMDR; William Heran, PhD, LICSW
    12:00-1:00 PM
    Creating Change: A New Past-Focused Model for Trauma and Addiction
    Lisa Najavits, PhD
    1:00-2:00 PM
    Lunch (On Own)
    2:00-2:40 PM
    Mindfulness as Treatment for Addictions
    Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD
    2:40-3:20 PM
    Leading Mindfulness Techniques with Patients
    Kiera Fredericksen, LICSW
    3:20-3:45 PM
    Panel Discussion/Q&A
    Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD; Kiera Fredericksen, LICSW
    3:45-4:00 PM
    4:00-5:00 PM
    Teens and Cannabis: Explaining the Risk/Benefit Balance
    Timothy Wilens, MD
    5:00 PM
    Close Day 1

    Saturday, March 2, 2024

    8:10-8:15 AM
    Welcome Day 2
    Mark Albanese, MD; Janice Kauffman, RN, MPH, CAS, LADC 1
    8:15-8:45 AM
    Integrating Addiction Behavioral Health Services into Primary Care
    Ellie Grossman, MD, MPH
    8:45-9:15 AM
    What Specialists Need to Consider to Optimize Integration of Medical Care
    Elizabeth Davis, MD
    9:15-9:45 AM
    Panel Discussion/Q&A
    Ellie Grossman, MD, MPH; Elizabeth Davis, MD
    9:45-10:30 AM
    Case Study Salon
    Mark Albanese, MD; Janice Kauffman, RN, MPH, CAS, LADC 1
    10:30-11:00 AM
    11:00 AM -1:00 PM
    Clinician Self-Care Deep Dive Workshop
    Mark Albanese, MD; Janet Osterman, MD, DLFAPA; Gary L. Taylor, MD
    1:00-2:00 PM
    Lunch (On Own)
    2:00-3:00 PM
    Demystifying Harm Reduction Addiction Treatment
    Andrew Tatarsky, PhD
    3:00-4:00 PM
    How to Assess the Evidence for New Clinical Trends
    Dharma Cortés, MA, PhD; Michael Flores, PhD, MPH
    4:00-4:15 PM
    4:15- 5:00 PM
    Wrap-Up Faculty Discussion
    Mark Albanese, MD; Janice Kauffman, RN, MPH, CAS, LADC 1
    5:00 PM
    Close Program
  • Faculty
    Shaun Bries, LCSW, MSW-ITR, EMDR

    Division Director of Ambulatory Services, Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery

    Dharma Cortés, MA, PhD

    Senior Scientist, Health Equity Research Lab, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Instructor in Sociology in the Department of Psychiatry, Part-Time, Harvard Medical School
    Director of Latino Projects, Environment & Health Group

    Elizabeth Davis, MD

    Medical Director, Outpatient Addiction Service in Psychiatry and Clinical Director of Addiction Care, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Michael Flores, PhD, MPH

    Research Scientist, Health Equity Research Lab, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Kiera Fredericksen, LICSW

    Clinical Social Worker, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion and the Outpatient Addiction Services (OAS) Program, Cambridge Health Alliance

    Ellie Grossman, MD, MPH

    Medical Director for Primary Care / Behavioral Health Integration, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    William Heran, PhD, LICSW

    Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Providence Treatment

    John F. Kelly, PhD

    Associate Director, Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Founder and Director, Recovery Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    Lisa Najavits, PhD

    Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts, T.H. Chan School of Medicine
    Director of Treatment Innovations

    Janet Osterman, MD, DLFAPA

    Associate Director, Physician Health Services, Inc. a Massachusetts Medical Society Corporation

    Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

    Director, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Director of Research and Director, Mindful Mental Health Service
    Director of Addiction Research, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Investigator, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Dartmouth
    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd

    Assistant Professor, Tufts Family Medicine Residency Program
    Instructor, Harvard Medical School

    Andrew Tatarsky, PhD

    Founder and Director, Center for Optimal Living
    Director of Clinical Programming, Freedom Institute

    Gary L. Taylor, MD

    Hospitalist, Morton Hospital, Taunton, MA

    Timothy Wilens, MD

    Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Co-Director, Center for Addiction Medicine, Director, Substance Abuse Services in Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Course Directors

    Harvard Medical School Continuing Education attracts the best and brightest faculty from all around the world. As a student in this course, you’ll have access to outstanding course directors and faculty.

    Mark Albanese, MD

    Medical Director of Physician Health Services, Massachusetts Medical Society
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Part-Time, Harvard Medical School

    Janice Kauffman, RN, MPH, CAS, LADC 1

    Vice President, Addiction Treatment Services, North Charles Foundation, Inc.
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Karen Kuc, MPH

    Director, Continuing Education in Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance​​​
    Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

  • CE Information

    In support of improving patient care, Harvard Medical School is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses

    For the purpose of recertification, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and the American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.


    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 14.00 continuing education credits.

    Social Workers and Family Therapists

    This program has been approved for a total of 14 Social Work Continuing Education hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approval Program Authorization Number D92292. NY Social Workers: The Division of Continuing Education in Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an Approved Provider #0038 of continuing education for licensed social workers. This course has been approved for 14.00 contact hours.

    This activity has been certified by NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Certification # PC-042146, for 14.0 contact hours.


    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5444. This program meets the requirements for 14.00 continuing education hours. CHA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This offering is also applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health accreditation for 14.00 credits.

    Disclosure Policy

    Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.


    CME activities accredited by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

  • Fees & Location

    Tuition for Treating the Addictions is listed below. You may register through our secure online environment and will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your payment. Prices include CME credit, electronic syllabus and refreshments at breaks.

    At the end of the registration process, a $10 non-refundable processing fee will be added to your registration. Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be made in our secure online system or by email. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee.

    Please note, we are currently accepting onsite registrations by credit card only. Registration completed online within 1 week of the course must be paid for using a credit card. Registration payments by check or wire must be received one business day before the start of the course.

    Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance reserve the right to cancel or postpone this program if necessary. In the event of cancellation, course fees will be refunded. We are not responsible for other costs incurred such as non-refundable airline tickets or hotel penalties. All registered meeting participants, staff, vendors and guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must also comply with all applicable regulations imposed by federal, state, and/or local health authorities and government mandates as well as abide by all safety precautions established by meeting and hotel venues.

    Course Tuition

    Physician (MD/DO)
    $540 / ($495 if Registered By February 1, 2024)

    Nurse (RN/APRN)
    $420 / ($385 if Registered By February 1, 2024)

    $420 / ($385 if Registered By February 1, 2024)

    Social Worker
    $420 / ($385 if Registered By February 1, 2024)

    Physician Assistant
    $420 / ($385 if Registered By February 1, 2024)

    $420 / ($385 if Registered By February 1, 2024)

    Allied Health Professional / Other
    $420 / ($385 if Registered By February 1, 2024)

    Tuition includes electronic syllabus.

    Hotel Reservations

    All sessions will be held at:

    Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston
    138 Saint James Avenue
    Boston MA 02116

    A block of rooms for the nights of February 29, March 1 and March 2 has been reserved at the hotel for this event, under the group name Cambridge Health Alliance.

    All reservations must be made, modified or canceled individually through the hotel’s Reservation Department via the link: https://book.passkey.com/go/TreatingTheAddictions2024 or by calling 1-800-441-1414 and referring to Group Name.

    Reservations for rooms accessible to guests with disabilities may be made in the same manner. Reservations must be made on or before February 5, 2024 to guarantee the CHA group rate.

    Hotel confirms the following guest room rates per night:

    • $205 Moderate Room
    • $215 Fairmont Room (Single or double)
    • $255 Deluxe Room

    Guest room rates are exclusive of applicable taxes and service fees.

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