Peer Assistance for the Dental Team Member with Opioid Dependency Webinar | American Dental Association

Peer Assistance for the Dental Team Member with Opioid Dependency [Webinar]

Substance Use Disorders e.g. opioid and other substance disorders are such in their presentation that the deepening shame and guilt of the dental team member who has the disorder typically leads to more and more isolating behavior as the disorder progresses. Peer assistance programs work with the person with the malady to treat the disorder thus drawing the team member back into being an active and productive member of the dental team. This on-demand webinar, recorded August 9, 2017, will follow the process of help for the one who needs the help in learning to live a different way of living with this chronic disorder.

This webinar will outline:

  1. Examples of behaviors that can lead other dental team members to the identification of someone with a substance use disorder e.g. opioid dependency.
  2. How to assess and refer to appropriate treatment can lead the team member back into an active and productive practice.
  3. A look at various types of group meeting settings where the individual can see, hear, and meet others i.e. peers who have similar disorders
  4. Methods of accountability for the person and for the team in allowing the individual back into practice.
  5. Determining factors for whether law enforcement and licensing Boards need to be involved

Please note: A Certificate of Completion can be claimed by participants of this archived webinar, available through our partnership with the Providers Clinical Support System – please go to the event page on

About the presenter

Brian Fingerson, RPh

Brian Fingerson, RPh is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky Colleges of Pharmacy, Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, Assistant Professor (voluntary faculty) Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, and is a faculty member at the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies. He is also president of KYPRN — a company formed to educate health care professionals about the disease of chemical dependency, and to monitor the recovery of Kentucky licensed professionals with addictions.