Friday, November 2, 2018
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center


6 (NYSED) and 6 CASAC Hours


Regular: $125
Adelphi Alum: $115

Treatment of Patients with Substance Use Disorders and Dual Disorders

with Roger D. Weiss, M.D.

Alcohol and drug use disorders are among the most common clinical disorders that present clinicians with significant challenges. Moreover, many patients with psychiatric illness have coexisting substance use disorders (SUD), making the treatment of these dually diagnosed patients particularly difficult. The objective of this presentation is for participants to apply new therapeutic approaches based on recent research findings to patients with substance use disorders, including those with co-occurring psychiatric illness. Specific discussion will highlight the indications for Integrated Group Therapy, an evidence-based treatment approach, for patients with bipolar disorder and SUD.

In light of the current opioid epidemic, new research findings regarding the treatment of patients with opioid use disorders will also be discussed. Clinical techniques to help engage patients who are not motivated for abstinence will also be emphasized.


  1. Understand the shift from DSM-IV to DSM-5 and the reasoning behind it
  2. Understand the importance of heterogeneity of those with substance use disorders, using as an example sex differences in alcohol use disorder
  3. Understand how to treat patients who want to cut down on their drinking, not stop
  4. Understand Integrated Group Therapy in the treatment of bipolarity and SUD
  5. Understand the uses of medication for alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder
  6. Understand the approach to patients with co-occurring substance use disorder and psychiatric illness, with an emphasis on an evidence-based treatment approach for those with co-occurring substance use and mood disorders

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Roger D. Weiss, M.D.


Roger D. Weiss, M.D., is professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and chief of the division of alcohol and drug abuse at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. His career has focused on treatment and clinical research with substance-dependent patients, particularly those with co-occurring psychiatric illness. He has been Principal Investigator on numerous NIDA or NIAAA grants, and has developed Integrated Group Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for patients with co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorders.

Dr. Weiss recently led a multi-site national study of the treatment of prescription opioid dependence, as part of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network. He has authored over 300 articles and book chapters as well as 2 books, is a member of numerous journal editorial boards, and has participated in a number of prominent national committees, including serving as Vice Chair of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines for Patients with Substance Use Disorders. He was named a Member of Honor by the Spanish Society for Dual Disorders in 2011, and has received numerous other awards, including the H. David Archibald Award for Outstanding Research and/or Practice in the Addictions from The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto (2007), the Jack H. Mendelson Research Award from McLean Hospital (2012), the Dan Anderson Research Award from the Hazelden Foundation (2012), and the Anne M.Cataldo Excellence in Mentoring Award from McLean Hospital (2014).


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

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For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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