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New Treatment Pathways to Recovery: Medication Assisted Treatment With American Indian/Alaska Natives

About the Course

This course combines two recent research articles dealing with the acceptability of medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder among American Indian/Alaska Natives. The articles explore barriers to MAT treatment with this population as well as possible ways to improve MAT treatment among American Indian/Alaska Natives.

This course is based on the reading based online article Future Directions for Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder with American Indian/Alaska Natives created by Kamilla Venner et al in 2018 and the reading based online article Native populations and the opioid crisis: forging a path to recovery created by Martina Whelshula et al in 2021.

Publication Date:

Addict Behavior. 2018 November \ Environment Systems and Decisions 41:334–340 (2021) 2018

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Kamilla L. Venner, PhD

Dr. Venner is an associate professor at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Her research interests include substance use, culuturally adaptive evidence based interventions and AIAN populations. Her work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Martina Whelshula, PhD

Dr. Martina Whelshula is an educator, trainer, and consultant specializing in education and intergenerational trauma impacting indigenous communities. Dr. Whelshula’s professional experience includes serving as research director for national Indian health policy development for Congressional review, a P-12 tribal language instructor in the public school system, and Head Start director for the Colville Tribe. She was executive director of a Native American inpatient treatment program for drug and alcohol addicted youth.

Course Creator

David M. Lutkemeier

David Lutkemeier holds a BA degree in psychology, a master’s degree in developmental psychology, and a doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati in Special Education and Psychology. He is certified as a psychologist by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners, as well as holding public school superintendent certification in Arizona and California. Dr. Lutkemeier has worked as an assistant professor at Arizona State University, a school psychologist, special education director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in both Arizona and California. David, working as a consultant with a national curriculum management group (CMSi) has completed over two dozen comprehensive district-wide curriculum audits in 15 states over the past 20 years and has worked as a test developer for CE Learning Systems for the past ten years.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers with an emphasis on those professionals working with Native American clients.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Examine factors related to opioid-related treatment research as it relates to American Indian and Alaska Natives (AIAN) communities.
  2. Identify structural and psychosocial risk and cultural protective factors as related to substance use and behavioral addiction.
  3. Discuss potential benefits of helping services that place an emphasis upon traditional cultural knowledge and values that help build resilience, along with effective prevention and treatment interventions.

Disclosure to Learners

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

CE Learning Systems adheres to the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity – including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others ― are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (formerly known as commercial interests).

The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by this activity's planners, faculty, and the reviewer:

Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103314
1.5 CE credit hour
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