Ending the cycle: Integrated treatment for opioid use disorder and co-occurring depression

Learn about the opioid crisis' complexities, how it relates to depression, and how to combine addiction treatment with behavioral activation and self-compassion interventions.

Choose from two sessions:

Madison – Thursday, February 13, 2020    
8:30 am to 4 pm
Discovery Building, UW–Madison
(330 N. Orchard St., Madison, WI)

Near capacity

Register for Madison


Appleton – Friday, February 14, 2020
8:30 am to 4 pm
Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University  
(711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI)

Spots remaining

Register for Appleton

$75 fee – includes continental breakfast and lunch, with coffee service throughout the day, plus handouts and certificate (mailed within two weeks after event).

Who Should Attend

Psychologists, masters-level social workers, and licensed professional counselors who would like to enhance their knowledge about best practices and improve their ability to work with individuals with a co-occurring substance use and mental health disorder. Appropriate for intermediate level practitioners.

About the Program

This presentation will examine the relationship between opioid use disorder, depression, and suicide. Information will be presented on current research, risks and benefits associated with various interventions for opioid use disorder, and treatment planning strategies. Participants will learn strategies for targeting opioid use disorder and depression concurrently. Specifically, they will learn how behavioral activation (BA), a “well-established empirically validated treatment” of depression (Mazzucchelli, Kane, and Rees, 2009), is used to reduce depression while assisting individuals in living a more meaningful life in line with their values. Participants will also learn self-compassion strategies to assist patients struggling with shame and low self-worth. Significant time will be allotted for discussion of case examples and audience questions.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the instructional program, you should be able to:

  1. Summarize the relationship between opioid use disorder, depression, and suicide.
  2. Evaluate the risks and benefits of both controversial and conventional interventions for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
  3. Describe the basic techniques of behavioral activation for depression.
  4. Explain the theory underlying behavioral activation.
  5. Describe and apply self-compassion interventions for patients struggling with opioid use disorder and depression.

Program at-a-glance

8:30 – 9:10 amRegistration and continental breakfast
9:10 – 9:15 amWelcome (housekeeping) and presenter introduction
9:15 – 10:30 amInstructional program: The scope of the opioid use crisis (Dr. Maloney)
  • The statistics behind the crisis
  • The complex factors impacting treatment of opioid use disorder
  • Current prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives
10:30 amBreak
10:45 am – 12 pmInstructional program: The role of depression in opioid use disorder (Dr. Maloney)
  • Review of research regarding the increased risk of new onset depression and increased risk of relapse
  • Conventional and controversial techniques being researched
12 pmLunch break (provided)
1 – 2:15 pmInstructional program: Using behavioral activation to address depression (Dr. Brown)
  • Brief overview of research on behavioral activation
  • Presenting the treatment rationale
  • Addressing avoidance
  • Activity scheduling
2:15 – 2:30 pmBreak
2:30 – 3:30 pm Instructional program: Incorporating self-compassion strategies (Dr. Brown)
  • Introduction to self-compassion
  • Specific strategies to increase self-compassion
  • Working with fear and resistance to self-compassion
3:30 – 3:45 pmAudience questions and group discussion
3:45 – 4 pmCompletion of participant evaluations and continuing education certificate request forms

Meet the presenters

The presenters are Rogers Behavioral Health medical staff with expertise in cognitive behavioral-based approaches to the treatment of a broad spectrum of mental health disorders:

Michelle L. Maloney, PhD, LPC, CAADC, serves as executive director of Addiction Services for Rogers Behavioral Health. Dr. Maloney has worked in addiction treatment for over 20 years and has been a licensed professional counselor for the past 19 years. She specializes in women’s services, body image, and adolescent treatment.

Keri Brown, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as clinical director of Rogers Behavioral Health in Madison. She has extensive clinical experience working with adolescents and adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, trauma (PTSD), depression, and eating disorders.

Continuing education credits

Each professional is responsible for the individual requirements as stipulated by his/her licensing agency. Please contact your individual licensing board/regulatory agency to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. All participants who complete and submit a participation evaluation form and request for continuing education credit upon departure will receive a certificate in the US mail within two weeks. Psychologists and social workers must attend entire event to receive CE credit.

ACE-Approved-Provider-seal-for-provider-promotional-use.jpgSocial Workers: Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health, provider number 1101, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory board have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health maintains responsibility for this course. Approval period: October 19, 2017 – October 19, 2020. Social workers completing this course receive 5.0 clinical continuing education credits.

ACEP-logo-72dpi_web.jpgProfessional Counselors: Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6192. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 5.0 instructional clock hours will be awarded.

APAsponsor_ScreenResWhiteBkgrd.pngPsychologists: Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rogers Memorial Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Rogers Memorial Hospital designates this live seminar for 5.0 continuing education credits; no partial credits will be awarded.

Other professionals: Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health will issue a certificate of attendance commensurate with the extent of your participation in this activity.


The registration deadline is two weeks prior to the seminar date. Registrations are taken on a first come, first serve basis until enrollment capacity is reached. All registrations must be pre-paid. If registering within two weeks of the seminar, call 262-646-1356 for space availability.

Online registration is recommended. Go to bookwhen.com/rogers for secure online registration and payment with your PayPal account or major credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express). If you prefer to pay by check, you may click here to download the registration form and mail with your payment. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email, US mail or FAX.

Please note

Cancellation: If you need to cancel your registration, please email workshops@rogersbh.org or call 262-646-1356. Please note that no refunds will be given.

Special Needs: ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law; please indicate your special needs at the time of registration.

Grievances: If a grievance arises pertaining to continuing education activities or processes, please contact the CE chair to submit a complaint via confidential email to: nancy.goranson@rogersbh.org, or by mail to: Nancy Goranson, PsyD, Rogers Memorial Hospital, 11101 W Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53227, as soon as possible, so that the nature of the concern may be addressed in a timely fashion.

Questions or concerns: To review the program agenda prior to attendance, or if there are questions or concerns not addressed in this announcement, please email workshops@rogersbh.org or call 262-646-1356.


Call 800-767-4411 or go to rogersbh.org to request a free screening.