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The Hidden Challenge: Strategies to Address Substance Use Disorders in Your Clinical Practice

April 9, 2024

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST
Virtual Presentation via Zoom

Hosted by the Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Mental Health Training Program

Registration is now closed for this seminar.

Presented by Thomas Freese, PhD

Presenter Bio

Thomas E. Freese, PhD, Clinical Psychology is Director of the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP), Director of Training and Dissemination in the Division of Addiction Psychiatre, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has conducted trainings on a wide variety of topics related to clinical interventions for substance use disorder, medicines for addiction treatment, and culturally responsive care. Dr. Freese has been a featured presenter at conferences and meetings across the US and internationally.



This presentation will provide an overview of current drug trends nationally and in California. Dr. Freese will offer a review of psychological and physical effects of substance use including alcohol, opioids, and stimulants and offer information on emerging drug trends and practical suggestions for addressing substance use disorders in the context of your clinical practice. This will include strategies for having collaborative conversations with clients about substance use, identifying when substance use might be a problem, addressing problematic substance use in your clinical care, and knowing when and how to make a referral to a specialist. The presentation will emphasize that medical and behavioral health providers already employ that can be utilized for addressing substance use in people in your care.


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 important drug trends in California
  2. Describe 2 simple screening procedures into clinical practice
  3. Identify 3 physical/psychological effects of substance use than can impact your interactions with patients
  4. Describe strategies to address SUD with clients as part of clinical care

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.
Instructional Methodology
On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Programs is approved by the California Psychological Association, Office of Professional Development, to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Programs designate this live activity for 3 hours continuing education credits for the above-identified licensed professionals.

Refund and Attendance Policy

The seminars mentioned above are Free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Employees and Trainees.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted for those who attend the entire lecture.

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