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F23-401 Primer on Opioid Addiction and Treatment: How the Opioid Crisis Came to Be and How Social Workers Can Work to Solve the Epidemic

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

400 Substance Use Disorders |  800 Online
Jay Unick, PhD
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



Addiction to prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl, and the related health, social, and psychological consequences have been increasing for the last 15 years. Last year, there were more opiate overdose deaths than deaths from HIV at the height of that epidemic. Substance abuse is a complex social problem that has profound implications for today’s social workers. The purpose of this course is to increase participants understanding of the biology and psychology of opiate addiction, the effect of addiction on the health of individuals with opiate use disorder (OUD), how OUD affects children and families, and how to address stigma around substance use and its treatment.   


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Jay Unick has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, since 2009. Currently, Dr. Unick is involved with the evaluation of the Baltimore Child and Adolescent Crisis Response System (BCARS) emergency diversion project and consulting on reforms for the State of Maryland’s crisis system with The Institute. Some current projects include validating the State of Maryland’s Mental Health Outcomes Measurement Survey, developing measures for understanding recovery from mental illness and the organizational characteristics of mental health agencies, developing post-acute psychiatric care discharge interventions, and evaluating child and adolescent child emergency room diversion interventions. Jay’s current research agenda focuses on understanding how mental health policy and social factors interact with individual’s mental health service utilization and how differences across these systems and policies affect racial and ethnic disparities in mental health service use. From 2007 to 2009 he was a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Jay received his MSW in 2002 and his PhD in 2006 from the University of California, Berkeley.

Agenda & Learning Objectives


01:05 – 01:15 Log On/Registration  


01:15 – 3:15 Opioids: History, Epidemiology and Biology 


3:15 – 3:30 Break    


3:30 – 4:30 How social workers change the epidemic 


4:30 Questions Adjournment 


Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about the biology of opiate addiction and its treatment. 

  • Learn how addiction to opiates is different from other substance of abuse.  

  • Learn how stigma affects individual’s willingness to seek treatment and clinical care of individuals with OUD. 

Bibliography & References


Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after October 12, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. Cancellations* must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.


*ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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