IDAA 2012

Continuing Education

CME Handouts now available -- click here

Our objectives for the educational portion of the meeting are to learn about how the disease of addiction affects health care professionals and their families; to learn more about the value of minority issues as related to gender; to learn how we recover and stay sober; and how we can apply this information in our lives, family relations, and professional practice. In an effort to be responsive to feedback provided by prior CME participants, we have included curriculum to address: Women's Issues, inclusion of the international community in the presenter pool, and scientific based topics on sustaining recovery.

Continuing Dental Education (CDE)

Details for the CDE program will be available here closer to meeting time.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Agenda

This activity, "Addiction: Implications for Health Care Professionals, Women and Minority Specific Issues, Treatment & Recovery to include Holistic Care" has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 9.00 Prescribed credits and 1 Elective credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.


  • Lisa Merlo, Ph.D. "Recovery Among Impaired Professionals: State of the Art"
  • Eric Wood, MA "The Void Theory & Etiology of Addictive Coping"
  • Dr. Stephen Jurd "Addiction & The Brain"
  • Mel Pohl, MD, FSAM "A Day Without Pain: Alternative Non-Pharmacologic Treatments to Pain Managment"
  • Dr. Kelly Brady, LMHC "Creating Presence"
  • Stacy Seikel, M.D. "Pregnancy & Addiction"
  • Tom Antonek, Ph.D. "Destruction Management: Addictive Thinking & Behaving"
  • Claudia Black, Ph.D. "The Addictive Family: The Legacy of Trauma"
  • Terry Gorski, MA, NACA II "Cognitive Restructuring for Addiction"
  • Ilene Robeck, M.D. "Women & Chronic Pain"


  • Understand that issues related to women's mental health and well-being especially as related to addictions treatment contain many potent factors that include the premise that problems for women are complex and embedded in psychosocial and other issues. Many clinical, developmental, and economic issues are intertwined, falling into the following categories: a) Psychological stressors for women, including sexual and physical abuse, violence, and victimization; b) Social and cultural role issues for women, which pertain to stigma, self-esteem, under-education, and economic deficits; c) Centrality of women's relationships as an organizing principle in their lives, particularly their relationships with children and families; d) Loss of image and personal empowerment; and e) Vulnerability in health and high risk behaviors, with frequent medical problems and a high rate of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Increase understanding of the non-pharmacologic cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual principles used in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous as well as treatment of addictive diseases. Be able to support these concepts when presented in their patient's treatment plans, or during patient interviews.
  • Become familiar with the psychological underpinnings of emotional sobriety, especially as it applies to stress, interpersonal and professional relationships during the practice of medicine and in personal recovery from alcoholism. Be able to identify and support these changes in patients.
  • Increase recognition of personal and career medical practice goals as they change over time. Use this understanding to question, analyze, and support changes that improve physician practice satisfaction and reduce relapse risk to addictive behavior.
  • Understand the pharmacotherapy and alternative therapeutic interventions that may be safely used to treat pain and psychiatric conditions in patients prone to addictive disorders and unsafe use of certain medications. Promote such prescribing and treatment modalities in practice.

CME Handout Downloads Now Available

Slides for the continuing education presentations are now available. Each day's presentations are combined into single PDF files. These files are rather large so downloading can take several minutes depending on the speed of your internet connection -- please be patient.

For most, the easiest way to download is to right-click on the appropriate link below, select "Save Link As" from the popup menu then decide where on your computer you wish to save the files. Once downloaded use your PDF viewer to review the material.

Presentations - Day 1 -- (PDF -- requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Presentations - Day 2 -- (PDF -- requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Presentations - Day 3 -- (PDF -- requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Presentations - Day 4 -- (PDF -- requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

All Presentations Combined -- (PDF -- requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).