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S23-211 A Trauma-Informed Approach to Delivering Care to Individuals with an Opioid Use Disorder

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families
Lee Westgate, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



The advent of COVID-19 has further exacerbated population-wide challenges with substance and opioid use disorders. The impact of the pandemic is evidenced in tragic social outcomes that include record-high overdose rates coupled with disparate access to life-saving care and treatment. Access to care is further complicated by the enduring stigma and bias associated with substance use disorders, as well as stigmas and misconceptions associated with evidence-based treatment options, such as Medication Assisted Treatment. Trauma-informed care has proved to be an impactful and relevant approach that improves patient engagement as well as patient outcomes. This training will orient attendees on trauma-informed principles of practice and how they relate to the delivery of care, to the reformation of care settings, and how this approach further enhances essential rapport and trust-building between patients and providers. 



Lee Westgate, LCSW-C Related Seminars and Products

Lee Westgate, MSW, MBA, LCSW-C, LCSW (he/ him/ his) is a transgender advocate with extensive professional experience in social work policy, practice, research, and education. He has held numerous organizational leadership roles, and has served as an educational consultant to a variety of associations and organizational clientele. He has served as a medical social worker in the fields of oncology, critical care, as well as in integrated behavioral health settings. Mr. Westgate has participated in a CSWE-sponsored National Trauma Task Force workgroup that focused on the intersection of ethics and trauma-informed practice, and he was awarded an immersion fellowship through Boston University to study addiction and behavioral health. He has participated in AIDS Education and Training Center on behalf of the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD since 2017 and participated in the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Workgroup on COVID and HIV. Mr. Westgate continues to serve as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and his scholarship includes integrated behavioral health, clinical work with LGBTQIA+ populations, working with individuals with chronic and life-threatening illness, healthcare policy, and health equity. As a faculty member, he has received numerous teaching awards including the Energizer Award, the Camara Jones Faculty Award of 2022, the Innovation in Social Work Award of 2022, the Exemplary Faculty Member of the Year Award along with the Dean’s Teaching Award for several consecutive semesters. He has been published in The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, The Social Worker, The Journal of Employee Assistance, Infusion Magazine, Provider Magazine, and Social Work Today.



Agenda & Learning Objectives



Registration/Log On 

9:00 – 10:30 


10:30- 10:45    


10:45 – 12:15 

Lecture (Continued) 


Questions & Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Provide an overview of trauma-informed care 

  • Relate this orientation to practice to the delivery and setting of care 

  • Highlight how trauma-inform care can enhance the delivery of evidence-based care and treatment options to include Medication Assisted Treatment 

  • Identify areas of opportunity for provider and practice transformation 

Bibliography & References


Berkeley Franz, Lindsay Y. Dhanani, & Daniel L. Brook. (2021). Physician blame and vulnerability: novel predictors of physician willingness 
to work with patients who misuse opioids. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 16(1), 1–9.

Centers for Disease Control (n.d.). Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Retrieved from:

Franz, B., Dhanani, L. Y., & Miller, W. C. (2021). Rural-Urban Differences in Physician Bias Toward Patients With Opioid Use Disorder. 
Psychiatric Services, 72(8), 874–879.

Huang, L. N., Flatow, R., Biggs, T., Afayee, S., Smith, K., Clark, T., & Blake, M. (2014). SAMHSA’s Concept of Truama and Guidance for a 
Trauma-Informed Approach. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Jesse C. Baumgartner and David C. Radley. (2021). The Spike in Drug Overdose Deaths During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Options 
to Move Forward. To the Point (blog), Commonwealth Fund, Mar. 25,

Lindsay Y. Dhanani, Berkeley Franz, & Taylor K. Hall. (2021). Revisiting the relationship between contact and physician attitudes toward 
patients with opioid use disorder. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 14(100372-). https://doi-org.proxy

Matteo, E. (2019). Medication-assisted treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: a review of an effective treatment and its potential 
improvement for better outcomes. Impulse (19343361), 1–13.

Matteo, E. (2019). Medication-assisted treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: a review of an effective treatment and its potential 
improvement for better outcomes. Impulse (19343361), 1–13.

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after June 15, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

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