Upcoming Courses

26th Annual Summer Seminars: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment

Roger Weiss, MD

August 24, 2015 – August 28, 2015 | Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA | Harbor View Hotel More Information

Substance use disorders are common in both general psychiatric and medical practice. Because clinicians often do not have the knowledge about how to treat these disorders, it is common for clinicians to not screen for them. This often leads to poor outcomes for these patients. This course will review key issues that clinicians need to know about the diagnosis and treatment of patients with alcohol and drug abuse problems. The course will consist of lecture and audience interaction, including discussion of cases. The course will review diagnosis, pharmacologic and behavioral treatment strategies, treatment of patients with co-occurring psychiatric illness, a review of the common drugs of abuse, including prescription drug abuse, recent trends in drug abuse, and strategies to help family members of those with substance use disorders.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Diagnose substance use disorders;
  • Determine options for abstinence vs. cutting down;
  • Evaluate indications for and use of common substance use disorder medications;
  • Distinguish substance-induced disorders vs. independent psychiatric illness;
  • Refer patients knowledgeably to mutual-help groups such as AA or SMART Recovery;
  • Understand key properties of the common drugs of abuse;
  • Develop helpful strategies for family members of those with substance use disorders;
  • Develop helpful strategies for patients who want to cut down but whom you think should abstain;
  • Analyze models of both psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatments for patients with substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric illness.

Additional Information


Registration: 8:30 am

Seminar Format: Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 15


PHYSICIANS: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Weeklong Seminar: A maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Weekend Seminar: A maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF CANADA recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the EUROPEAN CONTINUOUS MEDICAL EDUCATION CREDITS(ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 15 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

COUNSELORS: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School continuing education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Week-Long Summer Seminars for a maximum of 15 clock hours and the Weekend Summer Seminars for a maximum of 10 clock hours. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

SOCIAL WORKERS: For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please call 617-754-1265 or email: sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu.

NURSES: The following program have been approved by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses Inc. an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Roger Weiss, MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital. He is the author over 300 scientific publications including, Integrated Group Therapy for Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse. Dr. Weiss is on the editorial board of many journals includingAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and theAmerican Journal on Addiction.