Hidden in Plain Sight: Psychotherapeutic of Trauma & Addiction | Sharone Abramowitz, MD, FASAM, FAIHM

This presentation is part of the 2020 State of the Art in Addiction Medicine conference which covers an expansion of treatment into correctional health, hospital consultation services and emergency rooms. It will cover how, despite the pandemic, telehealth can reach those who are isolated. It will address the worrisome trends in fentanyl, methamphetamine, tobacco and benzodiazepines use; legalization of cannabis, treatment updates for youth, cannabis and alcohol in pregnant women; and novel treatments such as non-benzodiazepines for alcohol withdrawal and psychedelics for substance use disorders.  

Learners cannot sign up for individual lectures, only for the full 2020 State of the Art in Addiction Medicine. Please contact CSAM (csam@csam-asam.org) if you have any questions about this online educational offering. 

Target Audience

Addiction medicine specialists who want an overview of the latest developments in the field and their relevance to clinical practice

  1. Primary care, psychiatry and other specialty field clinicians who want a better understanding of addiction and to improve their care of patients with unhealthy substance use
  2. Public policy makers, administrators and advocates who want an understanding of the current state of the field of addiction and its grater implications including towards prevention, access to care, integrated systems of care and healthcare technology
  3. Other healthcare professionals, including psychologists, therapists, nurses, and addiction counselors, who are involved in the treatment of patients with or at risk of substance use

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the intersection between trauma and addiction neurobiology
  • Explain the 'window of tolerance' model.
  • Compare and contrast contemporary trauma treatment modalities for patients with substance use disorders.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA Category 1
  • 0.75 Attendance
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Sharone A. Abramowitz, MD, FASAM, FAIHM

Dr. Abramowitz has an integrative mental health & addiction medicine practice in San Francisco & Oakland and is on the CSAM Board as the founding chair of the Integration and Access to Systems of Care Committee. She is ABPM certified in addiction medicine, has a certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (a trauma focused therapy), and completed a 2 year integrative medicine fellowship through the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine-- where she is now on their faculty. Since becoming an MI trainer in 2002, she has trained numerous health organizations, and is the founder of AbramowitzHealthyCommunicating.com. After completing a UCSF psychiatry residency--where she won an award for unusual concern for the welfare of patients--she completed a 25 year career as the director of Behavioral Health & Addiction Medicine training for the internal medicine residency at Highland Hospital, a safety net hospital in Oakland, where she taught internists how to attend to psychosocial trauma in their patients.

DISCLOSURE: No relevant financial relationships to disclose

The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is accredited by the 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 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing education credit is available for psychologists, therapists, substance use counselors, nurses and physician assistants.

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Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA Category 1
  • 0.75 Attendance


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