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Training and Consultation Services


Trainings and consulting services are skills-building and highly informational and are tailored to meet the unique needs, capacity and logistics of each organization, provider group, or Health Agency. These services are individually designed for each provider and take into account the audience type, time availability and duration. Trainings and consultant services can be one shot events, a mini-series with targeted outcomes, or on-going with follow up sessions. Trainings and consultant topics include:


1. The ASAM Criteria. How to develop and incorporate the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria in various settings and levels of care and apply as assessments, service plan development and as quality improvement measures. The ASAM Criteria provides an essential framework for true service integration in an integrated behavioral health care agency.


2. Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders. Provides a review of the science behind the treatment of using medications to help stabilize compulsive illicit substance use. How to incorporate MAT in clinical practice and how MAT can be a critical component to integrative medicine and behavioral health care services. Especially important for psychiatrists who are managing patients with co-occurring disorders.


3. Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral (managed) to Treatment (SBIRT). SBIRT is an evidence-based approach for mild to moderate, or “risky”, alcohol use disorders. Its use for substance use disorders is less documented but is considered a promising practice. This training and/or consultation service provides skills development in learning how to apply SBIRT in a variety of health care settings including Emergency Departments, Trauma Centers, primary care, pediatrics, youth services (school-based programs and outpatient),and mental health services.


4. Co-Occurring Competency for Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Professionals. Mental and substance use conditions often co-occur. In other words, individuals with substance use conditions often have a mental health condition at the same time and vice versa. About 8.9 million adults have co-occurring disorders while only 7.4 percent of individuals receive treatment for both conditions with 55.8 percent receiving no treatment at all. Integrated treatment or treatment that addresses mental and substance use conditions at the same time is associated with lower costs and better outcomes such as: reduced substance use; improved psychiatric symptoms and functioning; decreased hospitalizations; increased housing stability; and fewer arrests.

This training/consultation service assists organizations and providers to develop a new practice paradigm that is co-occurring competent and that builds and maintains a culture of “whole person care”.


5. QPR Training for Suicide Prevention. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. This training provides quality education that empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. The fundamental premise of QPR's effectiveness is based on the growing research that those most at-risk for suicide do not self-refer. To locate these individuals, identify their suicidal communications and get them to needed services is at the heart of the QPR approach to suicide prevention. Contact DrNeurosci for more information on bringing QPR Training for your organization or agency.


For more information on any of the above services, please visit the Contact DrNeurosci page or email Dr. Stanford directly at MStanfordPhD@gmail.com.



 

 

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