Virtual Brief Interventions to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

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Virtual Online Training

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This training is designed for Vermont communities and only open to practitioners who live and work in Vermont.

Brief Emergency Medicine Interventions to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

The effects of opioid use have far-reaching implications for the individual, family, workplace, community, and the health care system.

The training will introduce or refresh participants’ SBIRT skills (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). Participants will have the opportunity to learn, observe and practice skills through the use of experts and simulated patient actors. Participants interested in additional information will be able to access dedicated online learning opportunities.

 Learning Objectives:

 By the end of this training participants will:

  1. Have increased confidence and ability to deal with opioid use disorder in a compassionate way

 2. Be able to differentiate between advice giving and motivational interviewing in the context of addiction

 3. Be able to recognize, intervene and refer to treatment those suffering and  in need

Choice of Four Training Dates

Registrations are limited to one choice per person.

  • January 21, 2022
  • January 28, 2022
  • February 4, 2022
  • March 25, 2022

9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Training

 In order to receive full credit for the training, attendees will also be required to  complete an hour long, pre-work session prior to the actual virtual training.  Links to the online pre-work will be sent to registrants via email shortly before the training.


Available Credits

Northern Vermont AHEC is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Northern Vermont AHEC has accredited this educational activity for 3.5 hours of nursing and physician continuing professional development.

3.5 continuing education hours have been approved through the VT Office of Professional Regulation for Psychology, Allied Mental Health, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors

Continuing Education hours for social worker licensure are being applied for through NASW-VT.

Who Should Attend?

This training is designed for Emergency Medicine professionals including EMS Personnel and Volunteers and other First Responders , Medical Doctors, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Health Care Practice Managers and Directors, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists and Parole Officers

It is offered at no cost through funding by the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs.

About The Trainers:

 Alan Rubin, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the Larner UVM College of Medicine and is a Director of their Doctoring Skills Program and Graduate Program Director of Clinical and Translational Science.

Richard Pinckney, MD, MPH is an internist and Associate Professor at the University of Vermont where he directs the Internal Medicine Resident Clinic.  He is interested in the intersection between mental health and primary care, and loves to teach about compassion, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and evidence-based medicine. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and the American Academy for Communication in Health Care, and has been leading SBIRT workshops since 2014.


Deborah Wachtel, DNP, MPH, APRN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Deborah has extensive experience working with people who are in treatment for opioid disorder both in medicated assisted treatment at a spoke primary care practice, at her addiction medicine practice at SaVida Health, and conducting family planning research with women who are in treatment for opioid use disorder.


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