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Brief Emergency Medicine Interventions to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

May 29 @ 8:00 am - June 12 @ 11:30 am

Brief Emergency Medicine Interventions

to Prevent Opioid Overdoses


The effects of opioid use have far-reaching implications for the individual,  family, workplace, community, and the health care system. The work of Emergency Medicine staff to quickly identify and effectively intervene with those who are at moderate or high risk for psychosocial or health care problems related to opioid use can make all the difference.

 About the Training:

This training is for Emergency Medicine staff that will provide them with the communication skills to have needed and critical conversations effectively. The training will introduce or refresh participants’ SBIRT skills (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) and has been specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of emergency medicine with its fast pace and sense of urgency. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, observe and practice skills through the use of experts and simulated patient actors. Participants interested in additional information will be able to access dedicated online learning opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this training participants will:

1. Have increased confidence and ability to deal with opioid use disorder in a compassionate way

2. Be able to differentiate between advice giving and motivational interviewing in the context of addiction

3. Be able to recognize, intervene and refer to treatment those suffering and  in need

Choice of Four Training Dates and Locations:

Friday, May 29, 2020 (Rescheduled Date) – Manchester, VT
Hampton Inn and Suites

Thursday, June 4, 2020 – Rutland, VT
Rutland Regional Medical Center

Friday, June 12, 2020 – Windsor, VT
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Date/Location TBD – Brattleboro, VT

8:30 am – 11:30 am (registration at 8:00 am)

Light breakfast and coffee/tea service will be provided.

Available Credits – Application for CEU Credits for this training are pending.

Who Should Attend?

This training is designed for Emergency Medicine staff, including Medical Doctors, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners,  Health Care Practice Managers and Directors, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, and Psychologists.



These trainings are provided through a grant from the
Vermont Department of Health,

Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs.

About The Trainers:


Alan Rubin, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the Larner UVM College of Medicine and is a Director of their Doctoring Skills Program and Graduate Program Director of Clinical and Translational Science.



Richard Pinckney, MD, MPH is an internist and Associate Professor at the University of Vermont where he directs the Internal Medicine Resident Clinic.  He is interested in the intersection between mental health and primary care, and loves to teach about compassion, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and evidence-based medicine. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and the American Academy for Communication in Health Care, and has been leading SBIRT workshops since 2014.



Deborah Wachtel, DNP, MPH, APRN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Deborah has extensive experience working with people who are in treatment for opioid disorder both in medicated assisted treatment at her spoke primary care practice and conducting family planning research with women who are in treatment for opioid use disorder.




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