The Neurobiology of Addiction: Opioids


Craig Strickland, Ph.D.- 3 CEU’s

9:30 to 12:30

November 9, 2023

A live, synchronous, online training using the Zoom Pro platform

Price per person $89


Opioid use has increased dramatically in the United States and across the globe. It is an issue for entire communities, not just professionals working in addiction medicine. This workshop will look at how opioids affect the human nervous system and human body. Specific pharmacologic interventions, especially methadone and buprenorphine, will be discussed in opioid addiction. Finally, the use of psychopharmacology to treat opioid withdrawal will be discussed.

Training Objectives:

1. Understand the biological mechanisms of opioid addiction.
2. Understand three pharmacological interventions based on the phases of opioid addiction.
3. Identify three medications which can be used to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal
Content level: Beginner-Advanced


9:30-9:45 Welcome and overview
9:45-10:30 How opioids affect brain function, with an emphasis on chemical changes in the brain
10:30-11:15 Pharmacological interventions for opioid addiction (Part 1)
• Methadone
• Buprenorphine
• Ancillary treatment (anxiety, sleep disruption, etc.)
11:15-11:45 Pharmacological interventions for opioid addiction (Part 2)
11:45-12:20 Use of Narcan to treat opioid overdose
12:20-12:30 Q/A, instructions for required evaluation and for certificate

CEU Hours: 

This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Craig Strickland graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Doctorate in Psychology and a focus on experimental research and neuroscience. Past positions include a faculty position at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and affiliate faculty positions at Widener University and Springfield College. He currently has guest lecturer privileges at the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, the Rutgers School of Social Work and an affiliate professor position at Thomas Jefferson University, East Fall Campus in the Community and Trauma Counseling program. Dr. Strickland is the owner of Biobehavioral Education and Consultation, LLC.

Procedure: After registration, you will be sent a confirmation, and a receipt of payment. A few days before the training you will receive a email containing instructions for logging on to the Zoom session, handouts, and the requirements for your certificate and CEU’s (if applicable).

Cancellations and Refunds: Canceling your registration must be done by email ( prior to five business days from the training date. If you have paid the fee, you will receive a refund or credit (your choice). If you fail to cancel prior to five business days and have paid, you or your agency will forfeit the fee. If you fail to cancel prior to five business days from the training date and have not paid, you or your agency will be billed for the full fee. Thank you.

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Event Details

  • November 9, 2023 9:30 am   -   12:30 pm
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