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

The following topics are covered:

  1. Context for behavioral treatments
  2. SBIRT
  3. DSM V diagnosis
  4. Stages of change
  5. Motivational interviewing
  6. Project Match
  7. 12-step groups
  8. CBT relapse prevention
  9. Matrix model
  10. Contingency management
  11. Mindfulness based relapse prevention

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PHYSICIANS: 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 live educational activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 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.

This course has been approved by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Physicians enrolled in the ABAM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program can apply a maximum of 0.75 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing the Review Course.

Continuing education credit is also available for nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, physician assistants, therapists, and drug abuse counselors. 

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

As a result of participating in this lecture learners should have a working knowledge of the following topics, essential to competency in addiction medicine and identify areas where more study may be needed:

  1. Be able to formulate an appropriate abstinence-oriented or maintenance-oriented treatment plan for a patient with a substance use disorder
  2. Be able to understand the need for a spectrum of treatment for substance use disorders, from screening and brief intervention to outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment, and residential treatment and understand what the evidence base is for which interventions work for which populations/drugs of abuse.
  3. Be able to discuss with patients and refer patients to self-help group resources and complementary/alternative health approaches for treatment of substance use disorders
  4. Recognize the importance of the larger context and system of healthcare involved in substance use disorder treatment.
  5. Understand the role of quality management (outcome measures, satisfaction measures, performance evaluation).
  6. As time permits, be familiar with the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria and appropriate use of levels of care.
  7. Understand the importance of treatment matching, particularly with special populations.
  8. Be able to describe an overview of behavioral interventions, including individual psychotherapy, contingency management, milieu therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, etc.
  9. Understand the role of integration of behavioral and pharmacological treatment.
  10. Brief review of 12-Step Programs
  11. Brief review of MI
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA Category 1
  • 0.75 Attendance
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Sharone Abramowitz, MD
Dr. Abramowitz is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, and is the behavioral and addiction medicine director for an internal medicine residency at Highland Hospital. There she began the nation’s first premedical student health coach project. She has an integrative psychiatry and addiction medicine practice in San Francisco and Oakland. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and is in an integrative medicine fellowship as both a student and faculty. 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 to disclose.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA Category 1
  • 0.75 Attendance


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