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CPNP has prioritized substance use disorders (SUDs) in its strategic plan and is planning our first ever Summit focused on providing effective treatment for individuals living with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. The virtual event features 8 sessions over 2 days and offers 7.5 hours of ACPE and BCPP recertification credit.

It is well-known that one of the most significant public health problems in the United States is substance misuse and (SUDs). It is also well-known that SUDs are highly co-morbid with psychiatric disorders, with over 9 million adults experiencing a mental illness and at least one co-occurring SUD in any one year. The presence of both conditions can negatively impact each individual condition. And although integrating SUD and mental health services is important, effective treatment approaches to concurrently address psychiatric illness and substance use as dual diagnoses are not routinely occurring in practice. 

The inaugural SUD Summit is being presented by CPNP’s Substance Use Disorders Education Committee with Sarah Melton, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP, FASCP and Ericka Crouse, PharmD, BCPP, BCGP, FASHP, FASCP serving as co-chairs. A fantastic line-up of speakers has been secured by the planning committee:

  1. My Life with Co-Occurring Disorders (Patient Perspective), moderated by Michelle Geier, PharmD, BCPP, APh
  2. Reducing Stigma While Optimizing Care of the Dually Diagnosed Patient, presented by Michelle Geier, PharmD, BCPP, APh
  3. To Treat or Not? Recognizing Symptoms of Withdrawal Versus Acute Psychiatric Symptoms, presented by Ericka Crouse, PharmD, BCPP, BCGP, FASHP, FASCP
  4. ADHD with Co-Occurring Stimulant Use Disorder: Focus on the Evidence, presented by Sandra Mullen, PharmD, BCPP
  5. Trauma and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD): Exploring the Complicated Relationship Between PTSD and AUD, presented by Theresa Frey, PharmD, BCPP
  6. Cannabis Conundrum – Role of Cannabis Use in Persons with Psychotic Disorders, presented by Brian Miller, MD, PhD, MPH
  7. Finding Light in Darkness: Managing Depression and Anxiety in Persons with OUD, presented by James Gasper, PharmD, BCPP
  8. What’s the Key to Catching Some ZZZ’s? The Complex Relationship between Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) and Sleep Disturbances, presented by Deirdre A. Conroy, PhD

Learning objectives for the SUD Summit include:

  1. Identify the prevalence of co-occurring mental illness with substance use disorders (SUDs).
  2. Illustrate the impact of SUDs on the prognosis and treatment course of psychiatric disorders.
  3. Evaluate the literature describing the management of co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.
  4. Design pharmacotherapeutic plans for patients with a psychiatric disorder and co-occurring SUD.
  5. Employ tools and resources to assess and monitor a patient when creating a pharmacotherapy plan for co-occurring substance use and mental illness. 

This event is open to CPNP members and non-members and has special pricing for residents/fellows and students! Check out the schedule and register now to join us virtually November 3-4. Session recordings will be made available to registrants following the event.

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