2015 The Certified Medication Assisted Treatment Advocate (CMA) Training Course

Saturday, March 28, 2015
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Walter Ginter, CMA, NAMA Recovery,  New York, NY
Roxanne Baker, CMA, NAMA Recovery,  New York, NY
Laura McNicholas, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Claude Hopkins, CADC, NAMA Recovery,  New York, NY
Cheryl Blankenship Kupras, LCSW, Santa Clara County DADS-AMT Program, San Jose, CA
Joycelyn Woods, MA, NAMA Recovery, New York, NY
Herman Joseph, PhD, NAMA Recovery, New York, NY
Wilma Townsend, MSW, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Rockville, MD
Vonshurii S. Wrighten, M.Div., Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Atlanta, GA


The leading advocate and recovery organization for medication assisted treatment, the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Treatment (NAMA Recovery), developed this training, believing that professionals, patients, and their families can work together for a better understanding of the physiology of addiction and the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT). Both patients and nonpatients are encouraged to become Certified Medication Assisted Treatment Advocates (CMA).
The course presentation includes:
Medication Assisted Treatment – Basic clinical information about medication assisted treatment.
Addiction & Methadone – Current science about addiction in a language understandable to the non-clinician.
Regulations & Accreditation – Current regulations explained by the federal agency that oversees medication assisted treatment, and the State Opioid Treatment Authority.
Hands On Advocacy – Basic tools for advocacy, managing simple issues that confront advocates, educating patients about their rights, handling grievances, legal issues, and working within communities to benefit patients and treatment.
Break Out/Creating Goals – Participate in breakout sessions to strategize the effective ways of communicating information (research findings, new initiatives, support groups) via the internet,OTPs, community, etc.
Certified Medication Assisted Treatment Advocate (CMA) – Role of a CMA, ethics of advocacy, the mechanism of certification, and professionalize those committed to advocacy.

Participants will gain the initial tools for basic advocacy in order to grow and develop into successful advocates. The course involves eight hours of rigorous training and fulfills the training requirement for Certification as a Medication Assisted Treatment Advocate (CMA).

Candidates for certification must register with NAMA Recovery prior to the conference. There is a separate registration fee for this pre-conference event. The fee includes all materials, 2014/2015 membership in NAMA Recovery, and the application for CMA. Registration information is available at: www.methadone.org. NAMA
Recovery cannot guarantee a place to anyone not pre-registered. Lunch is not provided.
Sponsored by the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA Recovery)

Please go to http://www.aatod.org/national-conference/2015-aatod-conference-atlanta/continuing-education-credit/ for more information on continuing education credits for each section of the website.


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