A New Era Ahead With Alcohol and Drugs: Reconsidering Our Desires and Redefining Our Problems | 9/15/2018

Class size is limited.
Registration closes on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

NON-STUDENT (Licensed): $125

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Margaret Ann Fetting, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
LAISPS Guest Instructor

Saturday, September 15, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Lunch Break:  12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)

LAISPS classroom
12011 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA  90049

This Course is Approved for 6 CE/CME’s

Elizabeth E. Berlese, Ph.D.
Extension Program Chair


This workshop provides an overview, as well as, a refresher course for the highly opinionated, yet ever-changing field of substance use disorders (SUDs).   Emphasis will be placed on developing a deep appreciation for our ancient and natural desire for escaping reality through intoxication. We will discuss the historical transformation of this universal desire into a pathological obsession.  


Participants will be introduced to the new dislocation theory of addiction that couples rising rates in addiction with globalization and the daily stresses of mastering technology.  Workshop participants will explore cultural, sociocultural and family influences on our thinking and behavior around the use and excessive use of substances. Contemporary concepts about SUDs,, the biology of desire, the DSM-5 diagnostic changes, ten classes of substances (known and unknown), as well as the non-substance-related disorder of gambling will be reviewed. Ten self-medication theories of SUDs and a symposium approach to treatment infused with contemporary psychodynamic and psychoanalytic concepts will be introduced.  The symposium approach is based on the ancient Greek forum for education on drinking habits—learning to “tipple wisely” or, if heavy minded, decide on abstinence.

Participants will leave personally and professionally energized with fresh perspectives and with a newly constructed knowledge base for their clinical use.

Target Audience

This program meets the needs of all mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists


Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Utilize and capitalize on the DSM-5 diagnostic revisions to develop novel and more collaborative assessment capacities of one’s relationship with substances.
  • Learn about classes of substances (known or unknown), as well as the non-substance-related disorder of gambling.
  • Understand 10 self-medication theories of substance use disorders.
  • Introduce a symposium model infused with psychodynamic and psychoanalytic concepts based on the ancient Greek education process of learning to manage a pleasure that often can become problematic.
  • Appreciate the impact of globalization, daily dislocations, and rising addiction rates.
  • Apply the “biology of desire” in the treatment room or setting.


Important Disclosure: None of the planners or presenters of this CME/CE program has any relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

Accreditation Statement: LAISPS is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. LAISPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Physicians: LAISPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certificate in Continuing Medical Education.
Psychologists: LAISPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAISPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists: The Board of Behavioral Sciences no longer approves CE providers. However, LAISPS is approved by the APA to provide CE hours and the BBS will accept these hours for CE credit.

Please Note:

  • Participants must complete an online evaluation within 2 weeks of completing this CE/CME activity in order to receive credit.
  • According to APA guidelines, CE credit can only be awarded to psychologists for full attendance

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