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Somerset Hunterdon Warren Psychological Association

Medication- Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders: Integrating Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy

  • Friday, March 25, 2022
  • 8:45 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren Psychological Association- (SHWPA) 

 Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders: Integrating Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy 


Arnold M. Washton, Ph.D. 


Friday, March 25, 2022 

8:45 AM to 12:15 PM - Break 10:30 – 10:40  

3 Continuing Education Credits – Includes 1 CE for Opioid 


The treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) has improved significantly over the past two decades  with the advent of evidence-based psychological (behavioral) and pharmacological interventions that  improve treatment retention and outcomes, especially when combined with one another in the context  of an integrated approach known as “Medication-Assisted Treatment” or MAT. Optimizing the  effectiveness of MAT requires close collaboration between medical and mental health practitioners. To  serve as effective partners in this collaboration, practicing psychologists need to a have a solid working knowledge of pharmacological agents most commonly used for treating SUDs (e.g., buprenorphine,  methadone, naltrexone, disulfiram, etc.) including specific indications for their use, how they work,  how they are administered, their advantages and disadvantages, their potential side effects, their  interaction with other drugs, and how to integrate and optimize the use of these medications with  various types of behavioral and psychotherapeutic interventions. 

Participants of this 3-hour webinar will come away with increased knowledge and understanding of  pharmacological adjuncts available for treating SUDs and a toolbox of behavioral/psychotherapeutic  interventions they can apply immediately in their clinical work with substance-using patients. Lecture  material will be interspersed with case vignettes illustrating the use of combined behavioral and  pharmacological treatments.  

About the Presenter:  Arnold M. Washton, Ph.D., is an addiction psychologist and founder of The Washton Group (, a private practice specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders and other behavioral health problems in executives, professionals, and their families. Dr. Washton is the author of several books, including "Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice: Doing What Works" (Guilford Press) and “Willpower’s Not Enough: Understanding and Recovering From Addictions of Every Kind” (Harper-Collins).

Instruction Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives 

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: 

1. Compare the roles of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy in treating SUDs 2. Describe the role of psychologists in providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) 

3. Describe the pharmacological adjuncts most commonly used in treating SUDs, including their  indications, benefits/drawbacks, and best practices for integrating medication and behavioral  interventions 

4. List the basic tenets of motivation-enhancement, harm reduction, and relapse prevention strategies. Dr. Washton does not have any commercial support and/or conflict of interest for this program. 

ADA accommodations available upon written request – by emailing Virginia Walters, Psy.D., no later  than March 20, 2022. ( 

Program Fee For SHWPA Program: SHWPA Member: $30, Non-SHWPA Member: $40, Student: $15  Registration Cancellations made by March 24, 2022, full fee will be refunded.  Online Registration & Payment can be made at OR by mailing a check payable to SHWPA  to Virginia Walters P.O. Box 242 Oldwick, NJ 08858- Please include your email address with your  check. 

Continuing Education (CE) Credits (3) From NJPA – (Additional Fee Paid to NJPA) Fees: Sustaining  Member-Free, NJPA Member - $15, Non-NJPA Member - $25. The NJPA link to pay and complete the  NJPA evaluation will be provided to all registrants during the program on March 25, 2022. 

Contact Virginia Walters, Psy.D. 908 439 3456 X8 / 

This workshop is co-sponsored by NJPA and SHWPA. NJPA is approved by the American  Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains  responsibility for the program and its content.

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