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Mental Health, Addiction Medicine, and
Legal Aspects of End-of-Life Care

<em>Celebrity Solstice</em>
Celebrity Solstice
7-Night Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington

July 03 - 10, 2020
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
14 ASWB ACE Credits
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
4 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
14.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurse Practitioners
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Kathy L. Cerminara, JD, LLM, JSD

Kathy L. Cerminara, JD, LLM, JSD
Professor of Law
Shepard Broad College of Law
Nova Southeastern University
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Professor Kathy Cerminara bridges the medical and legal professions with her work on patients' rights in the end-of-life decision-making arena. She co-authors the nationally known treatise, The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and is a reviewer for several medical and medical-legal journals. Her scholarship most recently has focused on the intersection between end-of-life care, palliative care, and health care coverage policy. At the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, she is a full professor. She is also an affiliate faculty member at NSU's Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine.

Professor Cerminara teaches Torts; Health Policy, Bioethics & Quality of Care; Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Bioethics; and other health-law-related courses. She also created and was the initial director of the online Master of Science in Health Law program for non-lawyers.

In 2017, she received a Scholars Award for innovative interprofessional work with the Broward County Mental Health Court.

Since 2012, she has been a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Academy of Law & Mental Health, based in Montreal, Canada. In that position, she has co-organized the stream of therapeutic jurisprudence presentations for four of the Academy's bi-annual Congresses: one in Amsterdam in 2013, one in Vienna in 2015, one in Prague in 2017, and one in Rome in 2019. In recognition of that work, in 2017, the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence awarded her and her co-organizer the first-ever Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague.

In recognition of that work, the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence awarded her and her co-organizer the first-ever Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague.

Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, Professor Cerminara taught at the University of Miami School of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law, clerked in the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced law with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Professor Cerminara received her JD magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and her LLM and JSD from Columbia University. She is an affiliate member of the Health Law and Tort Trial and Insurance sections of The Florida Bar, a retired member of the Pennsylvania Bar, and a member of organizations such as the American Bar Association, the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Adam Bisaga, MD

Adam Bisaga, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry, Division on Substance Abuse
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Dr. Adam Bisaga is a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

His NIH-funded research is focused on development of new medications to treat opioid and other substance use disorders.

Dr. Bisaga is co-directing federally-funded national training, mentoring, and technical assistance programs aimed at individual practitioners and states to implement treatments for opioid use disorder.

Dr. Bisaga is a member of UN Expert Panel and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime International Scientific Network. He conducts trainings and addiction treatment program developments internationally and he co-edited "UN/WHO International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders."

Dr. Bisaga is a practicing addiction psychiatrist and an author of the book "Overcoming Opioid Addiction."

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Current Topics in Addiction Medicine Substance use disorders (SUDs) carry significant personal and societal costs. Patients with SUDs have more physical health problems and SUDs complicate management of other chronic diseases in general medical practice. However, individuals with SUDs are often not identified and not treated in the general medical settings. Referring such patients to separate behavioral healthcare setting results in the vast majority not receiving care. Primary care setting is usually the first and often the only contact that these patients have with medical providers. SUDs can be identified and successfully treated by primary care providers without need for referral to addiction specialists. Providing primary medical care to individuals with SUDs enhances their recovery from SUD, improves their overall health, and decreases healthcare costs.
The National Drug Control Strategy asserts that addiction treatment should be integrated into mainstream health care, however, graduate and post-graduate medical education is generally insufficient to adequately prepare medical providers to manage SUDs at the level of primary medical specialties. Training of medical professionals using CME framework can target gaps in knowledge and skills and improve the rates of recognition and treatment of SUDs.

This series of interactive lectures will provide participants with the latest evidence on the strategies to recognize and effectively manage individuals with opioid, tobacco, alcohol, stimulant, sedative-hypnotic, and cannabis-related disorders. Managing individuals with SUDs and co-occurring psychiatric disorders will also be discussed. Presented material will be illustrated with cases from the primary care setting with opportunities for the audience to problem-solve cases and to practice clinical skills. Throughout presentations we will discuss how to implement the new information and skills in the daily clinical practice of participants to improve patient care.

  1. Addiction as a chronic brain disease
    • Recognize the nature of abnormal behavior characterizing addiction and how it results in a chronic and relapsing medical/behavioral disorder.
  2. Screening, evaluation, and diagnosis of substance use problems
    • Apply screening tools and techniques needed to discuss substance use with their patients, influence them to accept treatment, and refer them knowledgeably to a specialized addiction treatment when appropriate
  3. Managing opioid use disorder in the general medical office
    • Demonstrate skills to evaluate and discuss with patient available medications to treat OUD and to initiate pharmacological treatment in the general medicine setting and to counsel patients on overdose prevention
  4. Managing tobacco and alcohol use disorders
    • Counsel patients about benefits of medical treatments for tobacco and alcohol use disorders and effectively use medications to help patients reduce or stop using these substances.
  5. Safe prescribing of controlled substances in general practice: prescription psychostimulants and sedative-hypnotics
    • Implement in their practice procedures for monitoring safety and misuse of prescribed controlled substances and to develop risk minimization strategies for their practices
  6. Managing cannabis use and cannabis use disorder
    • Implement a plan to assess and address cannabis use in patients who are treated for other medical and psychiatric disorders.
  7. Evaluation and treatment of psychiatric problems in patients who use substances
    • Develop and implement protocols and acquire skills to identify and treat psychiatric problems in substance-using substances using behavioral and pharmacological interventions
Additional topics under development
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Fri Jul 03 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sat Jul 04 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Jul 05 Ketchikan, Alaska
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Mon Jul 06 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
5:30 am 10:00 am
Mon Jul 06 Juneau, Alaska
1:30 pm 10:00 pm
Tue Jul 07 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Jul 07 Alaska Inside Passage
6:30 pm 10:30 pm
Wed Jul 08 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Jul 09 Victoria, British Columbia
5:30 pm 11:59 pm
Fri Jul 10 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is one of America's most vibrant cities. Stroll its bustling waterfront (including Pike Place Market), visit the Space Needle, and find a great coffee-shop to enjoy in this coffee-loving city (the home of Starbucks). One of America's tech centers (Amazon and Microsoft are both headquartered here), the city is abuzz with the interesting people attracted to the opportunities to be found there. There is more than enough to see and do here to keep you busy for a day or two. If you have a little extra time, Seattle is a great place to visit.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Ketchikan, Alaska - Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world's largest collection of totem poles; kayak the colorful waterfront.

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - One of Alaska's lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30 -mile-long stretch, you can't help but be awed by the sorrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle's appeal.

Skagway, Alaska - A frontier town perfectly preserved as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Gateway to the Trail of '98, which you may explore by helicopter or vintage railcar.

Victoria, British Columbia - Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city, with its double-decker buses, turreted castles, fine British woolens, tea and china. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

Non-US/Canadian individuals, please Click here to determine if you'll need a visa to board this cruise which visits Canada.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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