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Identifying and Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Military-Connected Clients: The Role of Civilian Community Mental Health Providers

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Addictions |  Opioid
Dr. Diana Dolan, PsyD |  Sharon Birman, Psy.D.
Course Levels:
8 Hours
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This 1-day training provides a general overview of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) within military-connected populations including the National Guard/Reserves and Veterans.  The workshop is designed for civilian mental health providers working with military-connected clients in community clinics. The course lays a foundation on the nature of opioids, as well as a detailed review of opioid use/misuse prevalence rates and risk factors. Participants are then introduced to best practices for screening, clinical assessment, and identifying frequent comorbidities. Pharmacological treatment with Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) will be addressed. In addition, evidence-based psychosocial treatments for OUD are discussed, including when to refer to more intensive levels of care. Participants also learn potential red flags that should be monitored for any clients currently taking opioids—prescribed or not. The workshop emphasizes reducing stigma and exploring challenges and misperceptions that providers face when working with this population.

            Through military-related case examples and role-plays, participants will practice screening and providing treatment options for OUD, including motivational interviewing. The workshop targets providers seeking in-depth training in evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches they can immediately incorporate into their clinical practice.  The training is geared towards an actively involved audience through discussion and breakout exercises.

 This activity is approved for 6.5 continuing education credits (CEs). Participants must attend the full day to obtain credit.

The Center for Deployment Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.





Dr. Diana Dolan, PsyD Related seminars and products

Center for Deployment Psychology

Diana C. Dolan, Ph.D., CBSM is a clinical psychologist serving as an evidence-based (EBP) psychotherapy trainer with the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. In this capacity, she develops and presents trainings on a variety of EBPs and deployment-related topics, and provides consultation services.  Dr. Dolan is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. As an active duty psychologist, she served as chief, Primary Care Psychology at Lackland AFB, Texas, overseeing integrated behavioral health services in primary care. She was also responsible for overseeing the base post-deployment health reassessment program. Having been raised in an active duty Air Force family, she has long-term experience in military life and the impact of deployment on families.

Dr. Dolan graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned her doctorate in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine from the University of North Texas. She completed a clinical psychology internship at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center in San Antonio, Texas.  Prior to her current position, she was a deployment behavioral health psychologist with  CDP and the associate training director for the clinical psychology internship at Wilford Hall.

Dr. Dolan’s professional interests include behavioral treatment of health conditions, in particular sleep disorders and within brief-natured primary care settings, clinical psychology training and program evaluation, and military psychology.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Diana Dolan has no relevant financial relationship to disclose

Nonfinancial: Diana Dolan is a member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM)

Sharon Birman, Psy.D.'s Profile

Sharon Birman, Psy.D. Related seminars and products

Senior Military Behavioral Health Psychologist

Center for Deployment Psychology

Sharon Birman, Psy.D., is a CBT trainer working with the Military Training Programs at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.  She joined the CDP in 2014 after completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she was actively involved in CBT and DBT intervention, supervision and education.  She completed her predoctoral internship at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center, focusing her training suicide prevention and evidence-based interventions for the treatment of individuals with severe, chronic mental illness. 

Dr. Birman received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California and her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University.

Her professional interests are in the areas of intervention and treatment planning for severe and chronic mental illness, suicide prevention, social justice, multicultural and diversity issues in therapy.  She has received intensive training in CBT and DBT in a variety of contexts, including hospital setting, community mental health centers, Veterans Affairs and within an applied research lab.  She has also received training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), among other therapeutic modalities. She is certified in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), and Brief Response to Crisis (BRC). 


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