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Opioid Use Disorder: What Every Clinician Needs to Know About One of the Most Dangerous and Lethal Drug Epidemics in American History

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Hayden Center, PHD, LPC
3 Hours
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Jun 17, 2022
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A national emergency…the worst drug crises in U.S. history. The grim news surrounding opioid abuse continues to make the headlines.

But you know what lies behind the headlines. People. People whose lives have been devastated. Jail time and lost jobs. Shattered families. Early deaths and grieving families. People like you and I, prescribed a highly addictive substance to treat their chronic pain or after a minor medical procedure, who find themselves in a dangerous free fall that leaves their lives in ruin. People who walk through your door look to you for help.

Yet opioid disorders are substantially different from other addictions. Drug driven brain change and physical dependence, coupled with a substance that perilously slows breathing and heart rate have created a deadly epidemic of unprecedented proportions. And many individuals with opioid use disorders have at least one co-occurring mental health problem that must be addressed in the effort to achieve and sustain recovery.

A one-size fits all approach to addiction simply won’t suffice. Watch this workshop and learn more about:

  • The neuroscience behind the unique risks of opioid abuse
  • The signs – when pain management turns into addiction
  • Tailored strategies to overcome the barriers to opioid use disorder treatment
  • Psychotherapeutic approaches grounded in evidence-based modalities
  • Screening tools and treatment strategies for co-occurring disorders
  • Details on how Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) can be combined with psychotherapy

Watch this critical one day seminar and get the tools you need to end the suffering and bring hope and healing to your clients!



This online program is worth 3 hours CPD.



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Hayden Center, PhD, LPC, has been treating individuals and families who suffer from substance abuse disorders, including opioid use disorder, for over 25 years in a private practice setting. Dr. Center most recently served as the evaluator for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) Southeast Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (SECAPT) and the Border Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (BCAPT).

Dr. Center served as a consultant to the Alabama Governor’s Office of Drug Abuse Policy for 10 years and has worked with numerous state and local agencies in the state of Alabama.

He has provided over 200 trainings on the topics of science-based prevention, evaluation, risk and protective factors, co-occurring disorders, and other mental health and substance abuse issues. His current interests are providing training and technical assistance to increase the usage and effectiveness of evidence-based treatments and approaches.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Center has taught in university settings for over 28 years. He teaches graduate-level courses in theories of psychotherapy, advanced objective testing, psychopharmacology, and undergraduate courses in psychology at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. He earned his PhD in counselor education and Master of Science in psychology at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Hayden Center maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with the University of Phoenix. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Hayden Center is a member of the American Counseling Association.


  1. Describe the addictive properties and physical impacts of opioids on the human body.
  2. Utilize screening tools to identify disorders that may co-occur with opioid use disorder.
  3. Examine the latest research regarding the efficacy of Medication Assisted Treatment approaches and psychosocial approaches with opioid abusing clients.


The Unique Nature of Opioid Addiction
  • Distinct risks of opioid abuse
  • What neuroscience and biology reveal about opioid use
  • Brain centres – the relationship between brain centres and pain
  • The pleasure factor and the addicted brain
  • Differences from other substance use disorders
  • How chronic opioid use changes the brain
Psychotherapeutic Approaches for Treating Opioid Use Disorder
  • Signs of opioid abuse and questions to ask
  • CBT – recent studies
  • Motivational Interviewing and commitment to change
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy – confidence and coping skills
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Family counselling
  • How contingency management can be used with opioid use disorders
  • Adjunct approaches
  • Assessing and modifying treatment to ensure effectiveness
  • Research limitations and risks of psychotherapeutic approaches
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Research and the latest findings
  • Methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone
  • Benefits, risks and drawbacks of MAT
  • Role of the behavioural health clinician in MAT

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Public Health Department Staff
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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