Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program

Free CME Webinars for Your Medical Staff

The pandemic has dramatically increased the complexity of concerns that patients bring to us and simultaneously increased compassion fatigue among providers.

The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) is providing free CME webinars to medical groups/staffs around how to increase rewarding interactions with patients to reduce burnout, engage patients in behavior change, and enhance their motivation for treatment, specifically medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders. 

To schedule one or more webinars for your group, email Marlee Turner at mturner@ssvms.org 

Webinars Available:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) has more research to support its effectiveness than most medications- and using it increases the chances our interactions will be more rewarding, more connected and less argumentative. MI is applicable to any behavior change, has been studied cross-culturally, and employs some strategies that can actually shorten some visit types. In this practical workshop, you’ll get a brief overview of the most current and compelling research on MI and substance use disorders; learn the 5 most powerful strategies for helping patients struggling with SUD or other behavior changes; and 2 “anti-growth” statements to avoid saying to patients (and our friends and family!) to increase the likelihood of positive care outcomes.

Presented by: Elizabeth Morrison PhD, LCSW – CEO and Principal at EM Consulting

We are in the helping professions to help- yet being human means we, like everyone else, have negative judgments, biases and stigma about particular conditions, characteristics and populations. Excavating our own biases around addiction, drug use during pregnancy, “problem” patients and more can help us be of optimal service to those in our care- and can help us in our personal lives, as well.  In this workshop you’ll get a brief overview of the most current and most intriguing research on stigma and its impact on health outcomes; practical strategies for identifying our own biases, and evidenced-based techniques to mitigate bias, judgment and stigma, in order to provide the best care possible. 

Presented by: Elizabeth Morrison PhD, LCSW – CEO and Principal at EM Consulting

Buprenorphine Treatment for addiction is now primary care- yet not all of us feel comfortable with the pharmacology. In this workshop, you’ll hear the current best practices for using buprenorphine to treat opioid disorder in pregnant and parenting women. Come and get your questions answered.

Webinar Schedule:

Making a Difference in 10 minutes: Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Disorders. 

  • July 18, 2022 02:00 PM @ Sacramento County Opioid Coalition
  • September 22, 2022, 9:00 AM @ Sacramento County Substance Use Prevention and Treatment
  • September 22, 2022, 12:00 PM @ Sutter Independent Physicians
  • October 12, 2022, 1:00 PM @ One Community Health

Continual Growth – Self Reflection as a Tool for Improving Patient Health Outcomes

  • August 17, 2022, 8:30 AM @ Elica Health Center
  • September 29, 2022, 12:00 PM @ Sutter Independent Physicians
  • November 9, 2022, 1:00 PM @ One Community  Health

The Medical Provider Role – Enhancing Confidence and Comfort in Helping Pregnant Women

  • September 14, 2022, 1:00 PM @ One Community Health

In Person Events:

Registration coming soon:

Making a Difference in 10 minutes: Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Disorders
November 1, 2022
6:30 PM

Continual Growth: Self-Reflection as a Tool for Improving Patient Health Outcomes
November 8, 2022
6:30 PM

Survey for X-Waivered Providers

If you are an x-waivered provider, please contact Marlee Turner at mturner@ssvms.org for the survey link. It will take about 10 minutes and will inform SSVMS about current MAT practices in our region. You will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card via email for completing the survey.

Instructional Videos

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Goodwill Greeting: Friendly Introduction, 26 seconds
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Goodwill Greeting: Friendliness and Apology, 45 Seconds
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Goodwill Greeting: Recognition and Open Questions, 45 Seconds
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Goodwill Greeting: Zoom Introduction , 1:11
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Bringing Up Drug Use Through Zoom, 2:00
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Good Will Greeting: Zoom Emotional Cue, 0:54
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Empathy: Affirming Strengths  1:31
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Empathy: Non-Judgement and Acknowledgement, 1:44
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 Empathy: Normalizing, 1:36
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Empathy: Acknowledge and Open Ended Questions, 1:15
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