Substance abuse in primary care? Learning to manage and intervene appropriately (3 CE’s)

Presented by Amanda Foster, Psy.D., and Nidhi Goel, Ph.D.
January 3rd,  8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructional Level

Introductory — Designed for an audience who may have little to no background in a specialized skill or content area. The attendee can become acquainted with the theoretical underpinnings, principles, methods, and perspectives of a content area. Although it can be used as a foundation for more advanced learning, a program may simply focus on breadth, enrichment, or general knowledge.

Course Description and Target Audience

Building off of the relevant assessment and testing in primary care, attendees will be exposed to the model of Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT). Specifically, regarding the prevalence of substance abuse-related disorders, as well as common medical and mental health comorbidities will be discussed. Furthermore, appropriate screening measures and interventions will be discussed and practiced. Experiences will include didactic education, case presentations, and role-plays.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians, etc). here are no known risks to this presentation. there may be limitations based on the research used for the presentation.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to identify the most common substance abuse-related disorders.
  • Attendees will be able to identify and apply brief substance use screenings to assist in identifying individuals with substance abuse-related disorders.
  • Attendees will be able to apply brief behavioral interventions to treat substance abuse-related disorders.
  • Attendees will be able to identify the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders.

Presenter Information

Amanda Foster, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist and has worked with HealthPoint since 2012 as a Behavioral Health Consultant. Dr. Foster received her degree from the Washington School of Professional Psychology Seattle and completed her predoctoral internship with HealthPoint. Her research interests include child and adolescent psychology, multicultural approaches to treatment, health psychology, and diabetes management.

Nidhi Goel, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and joined Health Point in 2018 as a Behavioral Health Consultant. Dr. Goel received her degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship with Texas Child Study Center/Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin Texas. She specializes in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), other forms of evidence-based parent training programs, CBT, solution-focused therapy, MI, and mindfulness. Her special interest includes behavior problems in children, adolescent development, pediatric obesity, med-coping, lifestyle intervention, and multicultural approaches to treatment.

As generalists working in primary care, there are a multitude of presenting conditions involving substance use, which require behavioral interventions. Throughout their years as behavioral health consultants, they have facilitated a wide range of interventions and assessments for patients presenting with, but not limited to alcohol abuse, opioid dependence, and co-occurring mental health conditions. Drs. Foster and Goel understand the importance of screening tools such as the SBIRT, AUDIT, and DAST, as well as offering a Suboxone program within a primary care setting. In order to provide comprehensive treatments to their patients, utilizing a biopsychosocial approach as well as collaborating with their primary care physicians is essential.

Location and Costs

$55.00 – Regular registration fee
$41.25 – Consortium Affiliate
No Charge – NPTC Director or Supervisor

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.

The presentation will be offered at the HealthPoint Administration Office 955 Powell Avenue SW, Renton, Washington 98057

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.