2016 – The Certified Medication Assisted Treatment Advocate (CMA) Training Course

Saturday, November 9, 2013
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


  • Walter Ginter, CMA, NAMA Recovery, New York, NY
  • Laura McNicholas, MD, Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Claude Hopkins, CADC, NAMA Recovery, New York, NY
  • Cheryl Blankenship Kupras, LCSW, Santa Clara County Department of Alcohol and Drug Services, San Jose, CA
  • Herman Joseph, PhD, Stop Stigma Now/NAMA Recovery, New York, NY
  • Joycelyn Woods, MA, NAMA Recovery, New York, NY
  • J.R. Neuberger, CMA, NAMA Recovery, Elkton, DE
  • Robert Lubran, MS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Rockville, MD
  • Ronald Young, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Harrisburg, PA


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. Both patients and non-patients are encouraged to become Certified Medication Assisted Treatment
Advocates (CMA).

The course presentation includes:

    • Medication Assisted Treatment —Basic clinical information about methadone and buprenorphine 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 methadone and buprenorphine treatment, and the State Opioid Treatment Authority.
    • Hands On and Systems Advocacy—Basic tools for advocacy, managing issues that confront advocates, educating patients about their rights, handling grievances, legal issues and working within communities to benefit patients and treatment.
    • Advocacy and The Media—Responding to negative content in newspapers, television, movies, etc. by writing response letters and letters to the editor.


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 of $50.00 for the pre-conference event. The fee includes all materials, 2013/2014 membership in NAMA Recovery, and the application for CMA. Registration information is available at: http://methadone.org/certification/next_training.html.  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)

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