SPS Webinar - Understanding the Pros and Cons of Medication Assisted Treatment: Perspectives of Social Workers and Addiction Practitioners

Rochelle Wilder 0 315

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (1-2 pm ET)

Presenters: Tanya Ralph, LMSW; Jeny Rodrigue, LAC, ICAADC, SAP, SAE; Kawana Ripoll, LCSW

CE:  1 Substance Use Disorder

Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) involve a combination of medications that target the brain and psychosocial interventions (e.g., counseling, skills development, case management) aimed at improving treatment outcomes. Research shows that medications and therapy together may be more successful than either treatment method alone.

This webinar will provide an overview of Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT), address the pros and cons associated with MAT, and discuss how MAT fits into the context of the more extensive substance use disorder treatment system.

This webinar aims to enhance your professional knowledge of MAT, increase your confidence to engage and educate clients about MAT, and encourage using best practices and the benefits associated with clinical research.


  • Understand how Medications for Addiction Treatment  (MAT) fits into the overall treatment continuum for persons with Opioid Use Disorder
  • Identify three proven effective medications in treatment and learn the essential characteristics of the medication.
  • Identify which clients may be best suited for each medication.
  • Identify other psychotherapies and activities that enhance a comprehensive addiction treatment program.
  • Understand the pros and cons of MAT.
  • Understand the importation of health research discoveries to support MAT, enabling new individualized treatment and care.


Cost: SPS Members: Free / Non-SPS NASW Members: $20 / Non-NASW Member: $35


Advancing Active Social Justice Allyship in Social Work Through Social Empathy and Political Engagement

NASW Wisconsin

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The preamble to the NASW Code of Ethics states, “Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice” (NASW, 2021, para. 2). In order to meet these ideals, social workers must have not only interpersonal empathy but social empathy.

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