Behavioral Treatments: Engaging Patients from Diagnosis to Recovery (2017) | Sharone Abramowitz, MD

This presentation is part of the Addiction Medicine Review Course 2017, an overview of the core elements of addiction medicine, presented by top experts in the field. Together with the other presentation it can serve as a broad review for clinicians, a review of the basics for newcomers, or a starting point for those preparing to sit for the Board of Addiction Exam.

Target Audience

  • Addiction medicine specialists who want an overview of the latest developments in the field and their relevance to clinical practice
  • Primary care clinicians who want to get a better understanding of addiction and manage patients with addictions in their practice
  • Public health officials who want an understanding of the current state of addiction treatment
  • Non-physicians who are involved in the treatment of addiction

Learning Objectives

At participating in this activity the learner should have a basic understanding of these topics and be able to apply them to clinical practice:

  1. Utilize the 4 quadrant model as a way to understand behavioral treatment options.
  2. Employ SBIRT & the DSM V when screening patients with alcohol use
  3. Assess & engage patients using the Stages of change and Motivational Interviewing 
  4. Distinguish between CBT relapse prevention, Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, Matrix model & Contingency management
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA Category 1
  • 0.75 Attendance
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Sharone Abramowitz, MD
Dr. Abramowitz is ABAM certified & completed her psychiatry training at UCSF, where she won an award for "exceptional psychotherapeutic skill and unusual concern for the welfare of patients". She has an integrative mental health practice in SF & Oakland. She is the founder of and, since becoming an MI trainer in 2002, has trained numerous health organizations. After being on a primary care medicine residency faculty for over 25 years, she is now a faculty member and a 2nd year fellow of an integrative medicine fellowship. She chairs CSAM's Integration and Access to Systems of Care Committee, and has chaired and co-chaired past CSAM conferences. 


Dr. Abramowitz has no relevant financial relationships

The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CSAM takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

CSAM designates this edduring internet-based educational activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA Category 1
  • 0.75 Attendance


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