• Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Standard Registration
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows Only



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Addiction Medicine for the Primary Care Provider

Rancho Mirage, CA

Addiction Medicine for the Primary Care Provider

This conference has been postponed and a new date is being identified in 2018. All current registrants will be contacted and provided a full refund. Thank you.

Integrated Approaches and Practical Applications

Educational conference presented by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Medical and Professional Education program with the support of The Peter G. Dodge Foundation

Join health care professionals and leading experts in the field of addiction treatment to focus on the latest thinking and best practices for improving identification and management of substance use disorder in the primary care setting.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa
41000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA

CONFERENCE GOAL: To improve identification and management of substance use disorders in the primary care setting.

  • The neurobiology of addiction and how it helps us understand the disease
  • The opioid crisis in the U.S. and what needs to be done to address it
  • Screening and brief intervention for substance use disorders in primary care settings
  • Medications for treating addiction
  • Risk factors for initiation of substance use in adolescents
  • Recognizing and treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
  • How the family is affected by addiction
  • Primary care physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Residents
  • Psychiatrists
  • Fellows
  • Mental health professionals
  • Nurses
  • Addiction counselors


7–8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8–8:15 a.m. Introduction and Welcome with Joseph Skrajewski
8:15–9:15 a.m. Neurobiology of Addiction with George Koob
9:15–9:30 a.m. Q&A with George Koob
9:30–10:30 a.m. Responding to the Opioid Crisis with Marvin Seppala
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45–11:30 a.m. Pharmacotherapy of Addiction with Marc Myer
11:30 a.m.–12:15  p.m. Screening and Brief Intervention with Jan Gryczynski
12:15–12:30 p.m. Q&A with Marvin Seppala, Jan Gryczynski and Marc Myer
12:30–1:30  p.m. Lunch
1:30–2:15 p.m. Risk Factors for Substance Use in Adolescence with Joseph Lee
2:15–3:15 p.m. Co-Occurring Substance Use and Psychiatric Disorders with Stephen Delisi
3:15–3:30 p.m. Break
3:30–4:30 p.m. Through a Child's Eyes: Understanding Addiction and Recovery with Jerry Moe
4:30–4:45 p.m. Q&A with Joseph Lee, Stephen Delisi and Jerry Moe
4:45–5 p.m. Evaluations and Wrap-Up
5–5:15 p.m. Break
5:15–6 p.m. A Doctor's Recovery Story with Stanton Segal


George Koob


George F. Koob, PhD, is director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. His academic research and teaching have focused on the neurobiology of addictive disorders. Koob is widely published in his field, and is the former editor-in-chief of two journals, including the Journal of Addiction Medicine. He replaces Dr. Nora Volkow as conference headliner.


Joseph Skrajewski

Joseph Skrajewsk, MA, MFT, is the executive director of Medical and Professional Education at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. A dynamic trainer, speaker, innovator and program developer, Joseph leads Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's educational programs and activities that equip professionals to respond effectively to the challenges of addiction within their areas of expertise and influence. Skrajewski oversees the Foundation's three on-campus educational programs—the Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS), Professionals in Residence (PIR), and the Addiction Medicine Fellowship—as well as an online Course on Addiction and Recovery (CARE) for medical students created in collaboration with the field's foremost authorities. He also works closely with medical schools, policy makers and health care experts from the public and private sectors to develop innovative symposia and national conferences on addiction medicine and related topics.


Marv Seppala


Marvin D. Seppala, MD, serves as chief medical officer of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and as an adjunct assistant professor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Dr. Seppala is the author of Clinician's Guide to the Twelve Step Principles and a coauthor of When Painkillers Become Dangerous: Pain-Free Living for Drug-Free People and Prescription Painkillers: History, Pharmacology and Treatment.


Marc Myer


Marc Myer, MD, is the midwest region medical director at Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota. He is a board certified addiction specialist, an active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and president-elect of the Minnesota Society of Addiction Medicine. He is
a former chairperson for Physicians Serving Physicians in Minnesota. He is the author of Marijuana A Prevention and Education Toolkit for Communities.


Jan Gryczynski


Jan Gryczynski, PhD, is a senior research scientist at the Friends Research Institute, a nonprofit research institution specializing in the study of substance use disorders and treatment. His expertise and recent contributions include development and validation of screening tools to identify substance use problems in primary care; evaluation brief intervention and referral strategies in health care settings; and addiction treatment access, entry and engagement, chiefly in the area of medication treatment for opioid use disorders.


Joseph Lee


Joseph Lee, MD, medical director of adolescent and young adult services for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is the author of Recovering My Kid: Parenting Young Adults in Treatment and Beyond. Dr. Lee's vast experience in helping young people and their families provides him with an unparalleled perspective on emerging drug trends, co-occurring mental health conditions and the culture of addiction. He is board certified in addiction medicine.

Steven Delisi


Stephen Delisi, MD, DABAM, FASAM, serves as assistant dean of the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. He previously held positions as a psychiatrist at Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota; associate director of the Psychiatric Residency Program at Rush Medical Center; and associate director of the Chicago Board Review Course. Dr. Delisi has coauthored 28 presentations and published abstracts, many of which focus on mindfulness-based treatment.

Jerry Moe


Jerry Moe is the national director of the Betty Ford Center Children's Program, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. An author, lecturer and trainer, Moe serves as an advisory board member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. His latest book is Through a Child's Eyes: Understanding Addiction and Recovery, and his work has been featured in national news programs and publications.


Stanton Segal

Stanton Segal, MD, FCCP, is the medical director of the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California. Formerly, Dr. Segal was the CMO, ICU director and medical director of Aria Health System (now Aria Jefferson) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is ABIM board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine and is ASAM certified in addiction medicine.



Marc Myer, midwest regional medical director, talks about the learning outcomes of the conference.
Joseph Skrajewski, executive director of Medical and Professional Education, talks about the goals of the conference.


This activity is planned and implemented by the University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Up to 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and CEs available.

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity. Up to 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and CEs available. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) This live activity, Addiction Medicine for the Primary Care Provider, with a beginning date of December 7, 2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 8.0 prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Psychological Association (APA)
The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Graduate School maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

State of California Board of Registered Nursing
The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number CEP16722.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies is an NBCC approved Continuing Education (CE) Provider, ACEP # 6547, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Other Health Care Professionals
Other health care professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit this statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

The Addiction Medicine for the Primary Care Provider Conference is made possible by generous support from:

Peter G Dodge


Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa
41000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA

Room Rate $159.00, plus $15.00 hotel resort fee (taxable). Fee includes toll free, credit card, and local calling, entrance to fitness center, in-room high-speed internet access, in-room coffee and tea, overnight self-parking, access to Splashtopia for registered resort guests and daily newspaper. These items are subject to change. The cut-off date for accepting reservations into this room block is Friday, November 24, 2017. Reservation requests received after 5 p.m. local time at the hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted based on guest room availability at the prevailing transient rates. Reservations can be made, modified, or canceled by individuals by calling Omni Reservations at 1-800-THE-OMNI and referring to the group name Addiction Medicine Conference. Reservations can be made online on or before the cut-off date. All group attendees will be responsible for their own room, tax and incidental charges. All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid major credit card, which will be supplied at the time of reservation. Any guaranteed reservation not cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival will be subject to one night room and tax cancellation fee. 

Questions? Please contact Donna DePaul by email or at 1-760-636-5851.

If you have a disability and need special arrangements, please contact us. Reasonable advance notice is required.

For more information about the Peter G. Dodge Foundation, please visit their website.

HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION PHOTO POLICY: By attending this public event, I hereby grant the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation the right to use and publish photographs and videos of me, or in which I may be included, for editorial trade, advertising, and any other purpose and in any manner and medium and to alter the same without restriction. I hereby release the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and its legal representatives and assigns for all claims and liability relating to said photographs and videos.


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