Description & Pre-Course Materials

In preparation for this case conference we encourage you to build your foundational knowledge by reviewing the previous War Zone broadcasts listed below. Please also take a moment to review the case outline before participating in this activity.


Please review the case outline (PDF) prior to the live broadcast.

Suggested on-demand sessions:

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the use of psychoeducation related to PTSD and substance use disorders to increase motivation for change.
  • Describe ways substance use exacerbates symptoms of PTSD.
  • Identify treatment options and approaches for co-morbid PTSD and substance use disorders.

Target Audience

Our primary audience is primary care and community mental health providers, but we view our audience broadly and hope to engage a wide variety of providers in these sessions including: pediatricians; college and university health professionals; homeless shelters, law enforcement, employee assistance programs; clergy and other first responders.


  • Associate Clinical Director, Veterans Program Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
    Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital
    Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Director, PTSD Consultation Program, Executive Division, US Department of Veterans Affairs
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego


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CME Information

Release Date: July 11, 2016
Expiration Date: July 11, 2017






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at (244 CMR 5.00) for 1.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meets the criteria for 1.00 continuing education credits for psychologists.

Social Work CE Credit

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contactus at 866-664-7792 or for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors CE Credit

The Center for Social Innovation is approved by the NBCC to provide continuing education credits for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

Application for licensed mental health counselor continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contactus at 866-664-7792 or for the status of LMHC CE accreditation.



Other Professions

Other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.

Faculty Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of McLean Hospital that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. McLean Hospital has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest (COI)

McLean Hospital has implemented a process to resolve COI for each CME activity. In order to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public, McLean Hospital has resolved the conflict by External Content Review.

Planner Disclosures

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

David H. Rubin, MD, reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH
Emma Morrison, MPA
Margaret M. Harvey, PsyD, reviewer

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Naomi M. Simon, MD, MSc
Research:American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Department of Defense, Highland Street Foundation, NIH
Speaking/CME/Consulting:Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Equity/Spouse:Dendreon, G Zero, Gatekeeper

Susan E. Sprich, PhD
Royalties: Oxford University Press (co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (co-editing handbook)

Speaker Disclosures

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Margaret M. Harvey, PsyD
Sonya Norman, PhD

Hardware/Software Specifications

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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