ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Workshop - MTPCA - February 22 & 23, 2024

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ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Workshop

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February 22 & 23, 2024 | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm ET / 8:00 am – 12:30 pm MT
Host: Montana Primary Care Association 
Virtual-Live Workshop


The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine is an 8-hour, two-day, innovative, case-based workshop designed for providers who are relatively new to the field of addiction medicine, such as primary care physicians, clinicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and behavioral health specialists, who see patients at risk for or with addiction. 

Addiction as a disease continues to cost the global community a staggering amount both financially and in lives lost, but there are treatments available to help patients. Participants of this workshop will learn more about addiction medicine and how to screen, diagnose, treat, and/or refer patients with addiction – many of whom have co-occurring medical and psychiatric comorbidities.

This is a practical, case-based course designed to be interactive and engaging. The course is designed to empower primary care and other providers to diagnose and treat patients at risk for, or with addiction, by translating the signs of the disease of addiction into transformative, positive outcomes for patients.

The target audience for this beginner level workshop include: physicians, nurse practitioners/nurses, physician assistants, counselors, and other healthcare providers.  Clinicians who see patients with addiction in primary care, emergency/urgent care, treatment center, or general psychiatry settings. 

The ACGME competencies include: Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills.

Course Topics

  • An Introduction to Addictive Disorders
  • The Clinical Manifestations of the Neurobiology of Addiction
  • Brief Overview of Motivational Interviewing Basics
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
  • Identifying Unhealthy Substance Use: Assessment
  • Treating Substance Use Disorders with Medication and Counseling

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify one's own feelings and attitudes that promote or prevent therapeutic responses to patients with substance use disorders.
  2. Apply the philosophy of harm reduction to enhance patient centered care for people with substance use disorders.
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the neurobiological changes that occur during addictions.
  4. Use motivational interviewing to enhance patient’s readiness to change unhealthy behaviors.
  5. Use validated patient screening tools to detect substance use and interpret a spectrum of results.
  6. Conduct substance use assessments using the DSM 5 criteria and including a biopsychosocial approach.
  7. Offer evidence-based pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions that are appropriate to specific substances and usage patterns.

Registration Rates

ASAM Learner TypeRate
ASAM Member$0
Associate Member$0
Resident Member*$0
Student Member*$0

*Residents, Fellows-in-training, Interns, and Students must join ASAM to receive a discounted registration rate. Click here to become an ASAM member. National and Chapter membership dues apply. There is no charge for Students to become a Member, but verification of student status is required.

Membership Question?  Call ASAM at 1.301.656.3920, email us, or view the ASAM website for more information.

Refunds & Cancellations

All ASAM eLearning Center refund requests must be made in writing to within 90 days of purchase. Those requesting refunds for courses that are in progress will receive partial refunds or eLearning Center credit. Automatic full refunds will be made for any course with a live-course component that has been cancelled.

Registration Deadline: 02/23/2024

Workshop Instructions

  1. Click on the Contents tab to begin this activity.
  2. Click Complete Post Test to answer multiple choice questions. Participants will have 10 attempts to pass and must answer 17 out of 24 questions correctly.
  3. Click Complete Evaluation to provide valuable activity feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
  4. Click Complete Evaluation - Presenters to provide valuable feedback about presenters. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
  5. Click the button Claim Medical Credits in the box titled Claim Credits & Certificate. Choose the type of credit and click submit. Click the button View/Print Certificate to save or print your certificate. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the ASAM eLearning Center, clicking Dashboard, and clicking Transcript/Achievements.

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Daniel A. Nauts


Daniel A. Nauts, MD, FASAM completed his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Michigan and joined an internal medicine group practice in Bellingham, Washington.  He left general internal medicine to develop his Addiction Medicine practice; since that time, he has been instrumental in the creation of 3 inpatient programs for those suffering with substance use and co-occurring disorders, outpatient SUD programs, and medication assisted treatment services. 

Dr. Nauts is an independent contractor for the Montana Primary Care Association providing MAT waiver trainings and technical assistance, community forums on opioid use disorders, academic detailing activities for MAT providers, and helping in strategies to taper patients off high dose morphine equivalents.  Not only is he committed to integrating addiction medicine into primary care but also in promoting the development of more addiction medicine specialists in Montana.

He is active in the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), delivers a myriad of presentations for any professional or public audience, has participated in addressing physician and nurse health issues through Professional Assistance Programs, and has provided Addiction Medicine experiences for residents of the Western Montana Family Practice Program and PA students from the University of Washington Medex Program.

He is a member of the Drug Utilization Board of Mountain Pacific Quality Health providing oversight to the Medicaid formulary, is recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM), and is certified in the subspecialty of Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.  He is the treasurer for the Northwest Society of Addiction Medicine, a Chapter of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) representing Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming and is a faculty member of ASAM to provide Data 2000 MAT waiver trainings and The Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Nauts is the 2019 recipient of the Award of Merit presented by the Montana Medical Association honoring the work he has done to improve healthcare in Montana. 

No relevant financial disclosures.

Robert Sherrick


Dr. Robert Sherrick, MD, FASAM, is Chief Medical Officer for Community Medical Services, a company that serves patients through its 30 Opioid Treatment Programs in 8 different states.  Dr. Sherrick completed medical training and residency in Internal Medicine at George Washington University.  After 5 years on the faculty at George Washington,he moved to Montana to join a private practice in Internal Medicine.  Since 1994, Dr. Sherrick has worked at an inpatient addiction treatment facility, Pathways, where he has treated all forms of Substance Use Disorders and has served as the CD Medical Director. Dr. Sherrick has been providing Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder since 2003, initially in an office setting using buprenorphine and naltrexone.  In 2009, Dr. Sherrick closed his private practice and moved to VA Montana.  Over the next 7 years at VA Montana he developed a state-wide MAT program that was one of the first uses of telemedicine for providing MAT to rural areas.  Dr. Sherrick has been working for Community Medical Services since 2010, providing MAT services with methadone, buprenorphine, and naloxone as well as serving as Northern Medical Director.  He has been Chief Medical Officer for the last year.  He is currently the President of the Northwest Chapter of ASAM. He is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine through the American Board of Preventative Medicine.

No relevant financial disclosures.

Gina Pate-Terry


Gina Pate-Terry, LCSW, LAC is the Integrated Behavioral Health Lead with the Montana Primary Care Association. She has over 20 years of experience working in the fields of mental health and addiction. Gina’s work experience includes, Clinical Supervisor of Butte Silver Bow County’s Chemical Dependency Services, Consulting Member of Butte Family Drug Court, Adjunct Professor at University of Montana at Montana Tech, Administrator of Montana Chemical Dependency Center, Independent Private Practice and Grant Consultant and Behavioral Health Therapist at Southwest Montana Community Health Center.  She is a graduate of Montana Tech’s Liberal Studies program and received their Montana Tech Outstanding Alumni Award in 2008. She has a master’s degree in social work from Walla Walla College, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Addiction Counselor.

No relevant financial disclosures.

Accreditation & Credit Designation Statements

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the American Society of Addiction Medicine 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 healthcare team.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity awards 8 Nursing contact hours.


This activity will offer 8 pharmacy contact hours (4 CEUs). Pharmacists will be asked to provide identifying information (e-Profile ID and DOB in MMDD format) in order to receive credit and allow reporting to CPE Monitor. (UAN: JA0000141-0000-23-001-H08-P)


ASAM has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 4 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until 11/12/2026. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Social Workers

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, ASAM is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 8 general continuing education credits.

IPCE Credit

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 8 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

National Board for Certified Counselors ACEP

The American Society of Addiction Medicine has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7062. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The American Society of Addiction Medicine is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

California Association for Drug/Alcohol Educators (CAADE)

This educational program is approved by CAADE: #CP40 999 1225.

California Association of DUI Treatment Centers (CADTP)

This educational program is approved by CADTP: #205.

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)

This educational program is approved by CCAPP: #OS-20-330-1224.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Upon completion of the activity and online evaluation, all other participants may request a certificate of participation. Participants may submit this certificate of participation to their professional organization/institute as documentation for completing this accredited continuing activity.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) or Continuing Certification Programs (CCP)

This activity meets the requirements for MOC/CCP for the following primary physician boards and for state licensing CME requirements. MOC Credit is only reported for ABA, ABP, ABIM, and ABS. By completing the online credit application and evaluation, the learner permits ASAM to report credits to the appropriate Board. Learn more.

  • American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
  • American Board of Surgery (ABS)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
  • American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
    • Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME’s “CME in Support of MOC” program in Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program.

Disclosure Information

In accordance with disclosure policies of ASAM and Joint Accreditation, the effort is made to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. These policies include mitigating all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for the Planning Committees and Presenters. All activity Planning Committee members and Presenters have disclosed all financial relationship information. The ASAM CE Committee has reviewed these disclosures and determined that the relationships are not inappropriate in the context of their respective presentations and are not inconsistent with the educational goals and integrity of the activity.
Planning Committee and CE Reviewer Disclosures


Complete Pre-Workshop Questionnaire
7 Questions
7 Questions This pre-workshop questionnaire has 7 questions. Participants will provide information about why they are taking the Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Workshop.
Attend Virtual Live Workshop - Thursday, February 22, 2024
02/22/2024 at 10:00 AM (EST)  |  270 minutes
02/22/2024 at 10:00 AM (EST)  |  270 minutes Learners may join 15 minutes prior to start time. Audio is available via computer or mobile device speakers/headphones only.
Attend Virtual Live Workshop - February 23, 2024
02/23/2024 at 10:00 AM (EST)  |  270 minutes
02/23/2024 at 10:00 AM (EST)  |  270 minutes Learners may join 15 minutes prior to start time. Audio is available via computer or mobile device speakers/headphones only.
Complete Post Test
24 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  17/24 points to pass
24 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  17/24 points to pass This post-test has 24 questions and requires 17 out of 24 to pass the test.
Complete Evaluation
14 Questions
Complete Presenter Evaluation
5 Questions
Claim Credit & Certificate
Up to 8.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 8.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available Participants should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.