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Working with Parents of Young People Who Use Opioids by Gregg Benson, MA, LCADC

  • 13 Mar 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel, 175 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932
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Essex Union County Association of Psychologists and

Morris County Association of Psychologists

invite to join us at a breakfast program:


Working with Parents of Young People Who Use Opiods

Presented by:

 Gregg Benson, MA, LCADC

The current crisis and epidemic centering around the use, misuse, abuse and addiction, of and to Opioid/Opiate drugs has clearly become of paramount concern and attention across the spectrum of our multidisciplinary clinical practices. By the time a young person’s use of opioids becomes recognized, whether initially by prescription or otherwise obtained, it is highly likely that it has been occurring for an extended period of time. Further, due to the highly addictive nature of the drug, it is also highly likely that the young person may be both psychologically dependent and physically addicted.

The discovery that one’s adolescent or young adult child is using and/or addicted to opioids is a frightening and highly charged emotional event, often expressed with fear driven anger, interrogation, threats, punishment and other demands.

If we as psychologists, clinical social workers, counselors or other allied mental health professionals are to be of help, it is incumbent upon us to gain at least a working knowledge of the drugs, the signs and symptoms of use, abuse and/or addiction as well as a familiarity with potential resources, treatments, supports and other behaviors that may be helpful to begin addressing these difficult issues. It is important to remember that becoming addicted to the drug(s) was not intentional nor the desired result of using them.

This workshop will serve as an introduction to the nature of the Opioid / Narcotic class of drugs, the benefits and the risks of their use and addiction potential, the signs, symptoms and nature of abuse/addiction and potential intervention and treatment options.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will gain an undersanding and applicability of:

1.      The nature of the Opioid / Narcotic class of drugs with differentiation between Opioids & Opiates.

2.      The benefits, risks and addiction potential of the drugs.

3.      The nature and progression of Opioid/Opiate (Narcotic) Addiction, including Tolerance & Withdrawal Syndrome.

4.      The Signs and Symptoms of Opioid/Opiate Use.

5.      Potential Interventions and Treatment Options.

This program is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and graduate students. It will be presented at an intermediate level, meant for those with some prior knowledge of the subject matter. The presenter does not have any commercial support and/ or conflict of interest for this program.

When:        Wednesday, January 8, 2020

                    8:30-10:30 a.m.

Where:      Wyndham Hamilton Park Conference Center

                     175 Park Avenue, Florham Park

(Location is ADA accessible.) Americans with Disabilities Act        accommodations are available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact Mike Zito, Ph.D. for more details.

Cost:         $35 (non-MCPA members and walk-ins)

                   $29 (MCPA members)

                   $18 (students)

Includes a buffet breakfast

Contact:   Nancy Sidhu, Ph.D. at nancysidhumcpa@gmail.com or 908-879-2233 if you have any questions or prefer not to register online.

Please register online by Monday  March 9, 2020 at www.mcpanj.com.

The breakfast will be from 8:30-9:00 am. providing a chance to network with fellow professionals.   The presentation will follow from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Payments may be made at the door by check (made out to MCPA) or with cash, if you did not pay online. 

1.5 CE Credit Available

This program is co-sponsored by NJPA and the Morris County Psychological Association. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA sponsored programs.  No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.

This program is approved for 1 CE credit. The cost of a CE Certificate is $15 for NJPA members, $25 for non-members, and free for sustaining members.

Refunds will be granted (less administrative fees) for cancellations more

than 24 hours in advance of the event start time.


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