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This course will begin with a general understanding of addictive disorders, and then focus on the specifics of opioid addiction. The presenter will discuss the general neurological and psychological process of dependency disorders, as well as the specific neurochemistry of opioids. The presenter will then cover specific evidence-based addiction treatment modalities.   Learn about the risks and workings of opioids in order to help ensure a collaborative process in helping clinicians establish responsible opioid prescribing and effective pain management.

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Shimmy Feintuch, LCSW CASAC-G has a practice in Midwood (Brooklyn), as well as in Washington Heights, a place he feels lucky enough to call home. For the past ten years, Shimmy has worked at The Jewish Board, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Interborough, The Safe Foundation, Chai Lifeline, and Ezra Medical Center. He taught courses in addiction and trauma at Touro College’s Mental Health Counseling program for two years, and he has written extensively on the topics of mental health and spirituality. While Shimmy considers himself a generalist practitioner of psychotherapy, he particularly enjoys working with anxiety and stress, and treating individuals and families affected by addiction. He has found mindfulness to be an exceptionally versatile clinical tool in treating these issues. Shimmy has been practicing mindfulness for seven years; he attends silent meditation retreats regularly. He enjoys public speaking, and has presented on the topic of mindfulness in Shanghai, China; Lawrence, Kansas; and now Hauppauge, New York.


  1. What is addiction? (30 Minutes)
    1. Definitions
    2. Models for understanding addiction
  2. Opioid Dependence 
    1. Similarities and differences from other dependencies (30 min)
    2. Neurochemistry (30 min)
    3. Specific risk factors in opioid use (20 min)
    4. The impact of opioids on the individual, family, community, and greater society (20 min)
  3. Treatment
    1. Harm Reduction vs Abstinence (20 min)
    2. Medication Assisted Treatment (20 min)
    3. Motivational Interviewing (30 min)


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define dependence and demonstrate an understanding of dependence terminology
  • Participants will be able to explain what makes opioid dependence different from dependence on other classes of drugs
  • Participants will be able to outline basic approaches to treating opioid dependence
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an introductory level ,and is beneficial for a beginner level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 3 Hours

This Webinar Offers 3 Live Interactive Continuing Education Credits

    • This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
    • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
    • In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and CE You! Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Successful completion of this program qualifies for up to {credits} AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Amedco LLC certifies that the attendee named above has participated in the {live} activity titled {title}, online, between September 10, 2021 and September 10, 2023 and is awarded the number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM listed above. National JA Provider # 4008163.
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.

Official information:

Refunds: Registrants who are unable to attend a Thrapy Express seminar or live webinars may ask for, and will receive, a credit or refund (your choice). Refund requests will be processed within 3 business days. When an attendee knows in advance that they are unable to attend we ask that they inform Thrapy Express ahead of time by emailing [email protected] or by calling or texting (631) 202-1010 this allows us to free up the spot in the training in the event that a training is at or near capacity.
Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
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Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here
Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
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