Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) & Harm Reduction: An Exploration in Ethics

Multiple Dates – Please select when registering.

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $47

Live & Interactive Webinar!

NCASPPB Approved for 3 Hours SS ETHICS

NAADAC #211428

ACEP NBCC #7091 for 3 CE credits

Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Harm Reduction Programs are oft-debated as to the ethics of the approach, whether they are helpful or harmful, and who makes the decision on when to implement the programs. This involves the ethical implications of beneficence, justice, autonomy, and non-malfeasance.

Harm reduction, by necessity, focuses on health and social issues around which there is often community misunderstanding, stigma, and fear (e.g. in relation to blood-born viruses, illicit drug use, sexually transmissible infections, mental health, etc. We will discuss potential ethical dilemmas, common misconceptions, and the potential for a benefit vs harm viewpoint.

In this course, we discuss multiple aspects of medication-assisted treatment such as the history of, an evidence-based approach, ethical considerations & biases of the helping professional and how to spot microaggressions when working with substance use clients, and any jurisdiction-relevant legal information regarding the use of MAT and Harm Reduction Methods.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists

Course Level: All Levels

Learning Objectives:

Learn what Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is & what the neurological implications of MAT are.

Discuss research regarding statistics supporting/countering the efficacy of MAT as an evidence-based practice.

Examine the Guiding Principles of MAT; conflicting opinions of MAT surrounding the disease model of addiction; concerns in the criminal setting.

Review the potential for ethical considerations/violations of Harm Reduction – An Anathema in America today; human rights and the Gardasil example for young girls.

Meet Your Facilitator

This series is led by Shannon McCabe, MA, LCAS, CCS, CCJP, CPS who is a multi-discipline masters level professional. Shannon is a Durham native. Her undergraduate degrees are in sociology and criminal justice. Shannon also has her MA in Forensic Psychology as well as a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.  She started her career in education and worked for many years with gang-involved youth. Shannon also provides Clinical Supervision for aspiring Alcohol & Addiction Counselors and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialists.

After transitioning from education to full-time mental health, Shannon spent many years working with adolescents and adults struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, and/or substance use disorder, and chronic homelessness. Shannon offers over 20 years of experience working with these vulnerable populations. Shannon also believes in and strongly supports harm reduction initiatives as well as being an ally in the fight to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are treated with dignity and respect in their journey in recovery.

In her spare time, Shannon rehabilitates wildlife and believes strongly in the healing impact of animals in the therapeutic setting.


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