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Upcoming Conferences

Opioid use disorder and its treatment: Tales from the field

When: April 6-7, 2018

Where: Doubletree Hotel, Missoula, Montana

Program Description:

This 2-day course will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of individuals struggling with an opioid use disorder, and the treatment options available to them. The content of this course is designed to apply to a wide range of professionals who interface with the opioid using population, and includes: opioid use disorder conceptualization and patterns of use; models of care (Medication Assisted Treatment, medications and modalities); opioid overdose risks and interventions; psychosocial interventions targeting OUD; and managing treatment resistance. The format will be a combination of didactics, small group case review, and larger group discussions emphasizing the practice of making evidence-based treatment recommendations. Development of this course is based on current science, as well as “real world” contextual issues, reflecting the presenter’s involvement in both OUD research and day-to-day clinical contact with the population discussed.

Note: Attendees have the option of attending either Day 1, OR Days 1 & 2. The content of the first day of the conference is designed to apply to a numerous of professionals who interface with the opioid using individuals.  The second day is certainly applicable to numerous professionals, but emphasizes treatment considerations that are particularly relevant to mental health professionals.  

Presenter bio:

Michelle Peavy, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in the role of Research and Training Manager at Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS), an opioid treatment program located in Seattle, WA. Dr. Peavy serves on the front lines of the opioid epidemic by providing direct clinical care to opioid users, and developing/implementing clinic-wide policies and practices to best serve the growing population. In addition to clinical, supervisory, and administrative duties, Dr. Peavy directs research projects that take place at ETS. Recent studies include: 1) Extended-Release Naltrexone vs. Buprenorphine for Opioid Treatment (X:BOT; a NIDA Clinical Trials Network study); 2) A Trial to Prevent Opioid Overdose; and 3) Maximizing the Patient-counselor Relationship to Reduce Sexual Risk Behavior [Being Safe in Treatment (BEST). Dr. Peavy has authored several peer reviewed articles pertaining substance use disorders, as well as the UpToDate® topic: Psychosocial interventions for opioid use disorder. Prior to working at ETS Dr. Peavy was a NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Scholar housed at the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), a position designed to increase knowledge and skills in implementation of clinical trials in substance use disorder treatment settings. Dr. Peavy’s obtained doctoral training at the University of Montana, after which she was a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE) at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.


Upcoming Therapy Groups

Gender Expressions Group flyer


The University of Montana Clinical Psychology Center (CPC) is excited to be offering a psychotherapy group for transgender and gender-variant individuals.  We plan to begin the Gender Expressions Therapy Group in February 2018, and are currently recruiting interested participants of all gender identities and expressions.

We understand that there are limited local resources for transgender and gender-variant people, and we recognize and appreciate the challenges of managing gender issues and concerns in a generally unsupportive society.  We hope the group will provide a safe, accepting, even celebratory environment in which members can listen to and learn from their peers, gain support, share resources, and explore their gender-related questions, feelings, and concerns.  Although we expect that gender identity, transitioning, and family issues will be topics of discussion, the content of the group sessions will be largely determined by the group members, with the group leaders helping to facilitate the process. 

The group will be "closed" (rather than drop-in) to facilitate a stronger sense of safety, continuity, and community.  Participants will be asked to make a commitment to the group (and to their peers) for the duration of the first block, with the possibility of re-enrolling if there is sufficient interest in the second block.  Once we begin, the first block will run 6-weeks, followed by a one week break, and then a second block for 6-weeks (with breaks for holidays, if necessary).  The group will be facilitated on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30 at the CPC.

 Please contact the CPC at (406) 243-2367 for further information and/or to begin the registration process.