APA, in collaboration with AAAP and 22 national health care organizations, created the following virtual learning collaboratives that each highlight a topic focused on expanding medication for addiction treatment options for patients with substance use disorders (SUD). Each collaborative is specially curated to meet the unique needs of an affected community.
Details on the three, upcoming ECHO-style virtual learning collaboratives (VLCs) can be found below. Each VLC proceeds for a four-week duration, which focus on the implementation of evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). The VLC’s combine interactive learning, case-based sharing, and facilitation by national experts.
All participants will be required to attend a virtual forum at the end of the four-week VLC and participate in each of the weekly discussions and assignments. The following topics will be addressed:
- Co-morbid stimulant abuse
- LGBT communities
- Rural communities
- Minority and under-represented communities
Upcoming Virtual Learning Collaborative
The Opioid Epidemic in Populations of Black or African Descent
- October 30, 2023 – November 24, 2023
- Rahn K. Bailey, M.D.
- 4 CME credits
This 4-week virtual learning collaborative for psychiatrists will highlight specific considerations in the treatment of opioid use disorder in populations of black or African descent. We will discuss the historical context of how social determinants, health disparities, and racism impacted the development and treatment of opioid use disorder in African-Americans and other populations of African descent outside of the United States. We will also apply the cultural formulation skills from the DSM-V-TR in assessment and the formulation of treatment plans. We will also explore the applicability of treatment options for opioid use disorders with African-Americans, specifically within primary care settings. This course is 4 weeks of asynchronous content with a live Q and A session on Tuesday, November 21 from 1-2 pm (ET).
Virtual Learning Collaboratives Archive
On the Learning Curve: Current Clinical Challenges in Adolescent Substance Use
- Yifrah Kaminer, M.D., M.B.A.
- 5 CME, 5 POC credits
This Virtual Learning Collaborative will discuss a range of topics around adolescent substance use such as overdose in youth, co-occuring depression, evidence-based treatment approaches, and cannabis use. Treatment approaches of both the generic and specific variety will be explored throughout this course.
Treatment and Behavioral Strategies to Treat Adolescents and Young Adults with Substance Use and Related Disorders
- Hector Colon-Rivera M.D., M.B.A., M.R.O.
- 5 CME, 5 POC credits
This presentation will be divided into four parts and will discuss the main substances used and abused by adolescents in the United States; Alcohol, Marijuana and tobacco use, opioids, and stimulants. We will discuss prevention, screening, evaluation, and referral to treatment of adolescents with or at risk for these substance use disorders. The presentation will discuss the latest evidence-based data on medication for assisted treatment and other therapies for adolescents. The discussion focuses on recognizing the best practices in preventing and treating adolescents with substance use disorders.
Opioid Use Disorder in Adolescence: Identification and Treatment Strategies in Youth with Psychiatric Co-morbidities
- Diana Deister, M.D.
- 5 CME, 5 POC credits
This course will teach a rapid screening tool for identification of adolescent substance use disorder and discuss how to handle the first discussion with a patient and family about a new OUD diagnosis. Evidence for efficacy of medications used for treatment of A-OUD will be explored, medication interactions with psychiatric meds reviewed, and gaps in the literature identified. The roles of parents, contingency management, diet, and other lifestyle factors will be reviewed as part of a patient-centered treatment plan.
About This Initiative
In 2018, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) began work on The Opioid Response Network (ORN) Technical Assistance Grant, a two-year national effort led by the American Association of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), to address the opioid epidemic by expanding the evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support programs across the nation. As part of a coalition of 22 national health care organizations working with AAAP, the APA’s role on the grant involved launching over a dozen virtual learning collaboratives that each highlighted a topic focused on expanding medication for addiction treatment options for patients with substance use disorders (SUD). Each collaborative was specially curated to meet the unique needs of an affected community.