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R. Kathryn McHugh Recorded Webinar: Effective Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder: Recognition, Referral and Treatment


Friday, June 7, 2019

11 am – 12:30 pm Eastern/ 10 am – 11:30 pm Central/ 9 am – 10:30 am Mountain/ 8 am – 9:30 am Pacific

Moderator: Dr. Lily Brown, University of Pennsylvania


In 2017, over 47,000 people died of opioid overdose, continuing the more than 2-decade trend of unabated escalation of opioid-related fatalities. In addition, over 2 million people suffer from opioid use disorder, with many more misusing heroin or prescription opioid analgesics. The scope of this problem requires response from the entire healthcare system, including mental health clinicians. The goal of this webinar is to provide an overview of effective treatment for opioid use disorder as well as practical guidance on preventing and detecting opioid misuse and making appropriate referrals. Topics reviewed will include a description of evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorder, assessment and identification of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder, resources for referral, and the role of behavior therapy in the treatment of opioid use disorder. 

 Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Describe effective treatments for opioid use disorder.
  2. Describe assessment tools for identifying opioid misuse.
  3. Identify methods for safe medication disposal.
  4. Identify referral methods for opioid use disorder.

About the Presenter:

Dr. McHugh received her B.A. from Harvard College and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. She is currently a clinical psychologist in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. McHugh's research focuses on the nature and treatment of anxiety and substance use disorders. Her work is currently funded by grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, including a 5-year grant to develop and test a novel cognitive-behavioral therapy for co-occurring opioid use disorder and anxiety disorders. She has published more than 100 manuscripts and book chapters as well as an edited book published by Oxford University Press. Dr. McHugh is a recipient of several awards, including the David Shakow Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Clinical Psychology and the Theodore Blau Early Career Award for Outstanding Contribution to Professional Clinical Psychology. She is also a practicing clinical psychologist, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy for the treatment of anxiety, depressive, and substance use disorders.

Recommended Readings

National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (2019). Medications for opioid use disorder save lives.

Carroll, K.M. & Weiss, R.D. (2017) The role of behavioral interventions in buprenorphine maintenance treatment: a review. American Journal of Psychiatry, 174, 738-747.

Cross-Divisional Task Force on Clinical Response to the Opioid Crisis (2018). The Opioid Guide: A Resource for Practicing Psychologists.

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Non-Member Price: $35.00

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