Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Substance Use Disorders

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CE Credit: 2

Length: 2 hours

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Closed captioning and transcript are available for this program.

The VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline updated in 2015 addresses many of the critical decision points in the Management of Substance Use Disorders among adults. The guideline incorporates findings from a systematic review of empirical literature and other decision domains by the guideline development panel to support actionable recommendations that can inform shared decision making by patients and providers to promote individualized care. This webcast involves an overview of the guideline recommendations and how they were developed, including discussion of some of the gaps in the evidence base and selected clinical challenges. Original webcast date: Mar. 10, 2017.

Learning Objective 1
Describe at least four of the clinically important topics that provide a context for SUD care delivery that are not covered in the systematic review or by the evidence-based recommendations 

Learning Objective 2
Identify at least one clinical decision about psychosocial treatment and one about pharmacotherapy for which the guideline development panel found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against a treatment approach

Learning Objective 3
Explain advantages and challenges of measurement based care for individualizing treatment and promoting improved outcomes

Presenter: Daniel R. Kivlahan, PhD

Kivlahan Dr. Kivlahan is currently Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington. From 1998-2010, he was Director of the Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education at VA Puget Sound in Seattle where he was an addiction treatment clinician and investigator from 1985-2010. In 2010, Dr. Kivlahan was appointed as Associate National Mental Health Program Director for Addictive Disorders, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and he served as Director from 2012 until his retirement from VHA in 2015. He co-chaired the work groups that in 2009 and 2015 revised the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for SUD and has been active in development and validation of quality indicators based on guideline recommendations. Among his over 150 peer reviewed publications are validation studies on the AUDIT-C to screen for alcohol misuse across care settings, reports on SUD and co-occurring conditions including PTSD, and analyses from several clinical trials including the COMBINE Study for combined pharmacotherapy and psychosocial treatment of alcohol dependence.

Course Director: Bruce Liese, PhD

Liese Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Courtesy Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas, and current President-Elect of the Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP; APA Division 50). Dr. Liese earned his PhD from The University at Albany in 1983. He is a teacher, clinical supervisor, researcher, and clinician.  His work focuses primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of addictive behaviors.  He has been Director of CBT training for a large multi-center NIDA-funded addictions study and over time has supervised hundreds of CB therapists.  Presently he teaches courses on addictive behaviors, psychotherapy, and evidence-based practice in psychology and he supervises more than a dozen psychotherapy trainees.  Dr. Liese has more than 50 publications, and he has co-authored two texts on addictions.  He was Editor of The Addictions Newsletter for ten years, an official publication of APA Division 50.  For his work on this newsletter, Dr. Liese received a President’s Citation from Division 50. He has been chosen to be a member of APA’s Continuing Education Committee, and in 2015 he received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training award from APA Division 50.

To view the other programs in this series:

Supplementary Materials

  • PowerPoint Presentation (pdf)
  • A Consumer Checklist for Checking Out Rehabs
  • Changing the Language of Addiction
  • Bringing Patient-Centered Care to Patients With Alcohol Use Disorders
  • A Tipping Point for Measurement-Based Care
  • Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Sacred Cows and Greener Pastures: Reflections from 40 Years in Addiction Research
  • Recommendations for the Design and Analysis of Treatment Trials for Alcohol Use Disorders
  • Guidelines for the Reporting of Treatment Trials for Alcohol Use Disorders
  • Key References
  • Webcast Transcript