The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital Recovery Research Institute are excited to announce a live webinar series entitled:

"The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services".

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

This educational initiative highlights the importance of addressing the harm caused by biases and skewed perceptions in treatment and public health settings towards patients who need care for SUDs.

This four-part webcast series educates healthcare professionals about the problems of discriminatory practices and inaccurate perceptions in dealing with individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) and related conditions, as well as the actions and pathways needed to resolve them. Webcasts will feature discussions among experts in the field of addiction treatment, research, and policy.


MARCH 28, 2018: "Overcoming stigma, ending discrimination"

  • In what ways are discriminatory perceptions harmful to individuals suffering from substance use disorder?
  • How do we shift away from the use of negative concepts as an organizing paradigm to address socially discrediting health problems?

APRIL 26, 2018: "Why addiction is a "disease" and why it's important"

  • What is the definition of disease and why is it particularly important for addiction to be emphasized as a disease?

MAY 22, 2018: "Reducing discriminatory practices in clinical settings"

  • What is the nature and extent of discrimination towards individuals with substance use disorder?
  • What is the origin and perpetuating factors to this discrimination, and how do we tackle the challenge of reducing discriminatory practices in healthcare settings?

JUNE 19, 2018: "A future without discrimination and discriminatory practices"

  • What would the treatment and public health landscape look like if we were to completely eradicate discriminatory practices?
  • What steps would need to be taken to ensure this happens?

This training webcast is produced under contract number HHSP233201700228A for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, opinions, and content of the training webcast are those of the preparers and do not necessarily reflect the official position of SAMHSA or HHS and do not constitute endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.


Overall Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize that discriminatory perceptions are in and of themselves harmful.
  • Explain the importance of addressing and understanding addiction as a disease by both specialty and non-specialty care providers; one that is treatable and from which most people can recover.
  • Define the nature, extent, origins and perpetuating factors of discriminatory practices against individuals with substance use disorder in healthcare settings; and, outline steps towards the eradication of discriminatory practices in treatment and public health landscape.
  • Identify the need to address substance use disorders and related problems from a broad public health perspective


Each webcast will take place from 2:00 - 3:00pm ET

Launch date



March 28, 2018

Overcoming Stigma, Ending Discrimination

MODERATOR: Ivette Torres, M.Ed., M.S., Director, CA, SAMHSA
John F. Kelly, PhD (MGH)
Corrie Vilsaint, PhD (MGH)
Michael Botticelli (BMC)
Kenneth Leonard, Ph.D. (UB, RIA)

April 26, 2018

Why addiction is a "disease" and why it's important

MODERATOR: Corrie Vilsaint, PhD
John Kelly, PhD
Indra Cidambi, MD
Bertha Madras, MD
Patty McCarthy Metcalf

May 22, 2018

Reducing discriminatory practices in clinical settings

MODERATOR: Ivette Torres, M.Ed., M.S., Director, CA, SAMHSA
Michael Bierer, PhD
John Renner, MD
Kathryn Cates-Wessel
Tom Coderre

June 19, 2018

A future without discrimination and discriminatory practices

MODERATOR: Ivette Torres, M.Ed., M.S., Director, CA, SAMHSA
Tom Hill
Joanne Peterson
Hilary S. Connery, MD, PhD
Christopher Yadron, PhD

*International participants, please note: This broadcast is taking place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Massachusetts uses EDT (-4 hours UTC) in the summer months, and EST (-5 hours UTC) in the winter months.

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Addiction treatment professionals
  • Public health field staff
  • Medical personnel, including:
    • Doctors
    • Nurses
    • Behavioral health support staff

Free CME

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Release Date: March 28, 2018
Expiration Date: June 19, 2019






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 live activity for a maximum of 4.00AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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 4.00 continuing education credit for psychologists.


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 4.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.


Social Work CE Credit Hours

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.

This program has been approved for 4.00 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D73836.


Licensed Mental Health Counselors

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

This program has been approved for 7.25 Licensed Mental Health Counselor Category 1 credits. MaMHCA Authorization Number 18-0384



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 CreditsTMassociated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMmay or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.


John F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP
Jane Pimental, MPH
David H. Rubin, MD,reviewer
Susan E. Sprich, PhD, psychologist reviewer

Disclosure Information

In accord with the disclosure policy of McLean Hospital as well as guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, all people in control of educational content, including speakers, course directors, planners, and reviewers, have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests of both themselves and their spouses/partners over the past 12 months, as defined below:

Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a "commercial interest" as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For more information, visit

Financial relationships

Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Relevant financial relationships

ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines "'relevant' financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:

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

All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

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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