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Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association

Date: December 12, 2017

9:30 Networking
10:00 Introductions/Announcements
10:15-12:15 Presentation
12:15-1:00 Board Meeting

Location: Recovery Centers of America

235 West Lancaster Ave
Devon, PA 19333

Title of Presentation: Peer Assistance Programs (PAP's) for Impaired Health Care Professionals: Identification, referral, treatment, and monitoring

1. Identify the risks and protective factors for Health Care Professionals (HCP's) regarding substance use and abuse.
2. Discuss Substance Use Disorder in HCP's in the workplace and how to identify impaired professionals.
3. Connect to the Peer Assistance and Diversionary Programs that monitor recovering HCP's
4. Review the various treatment "specialty needs" of Health Care Professionals as well as 'Return to Work' issues.
5. Identify high recovery rate due to intensive monitoring

Kenneth A. Dickinson, MS, RPh, HonDSc
Specialty Programs Consultant, Recovery Centers of America

This presentation will provide an overview of Peer Assistance Programs (PAP's) for Impaired Health Care Professionals. Aspects of the Peer Assistance Model, much like the EAP model, such as education/prevention, identification, intervention, referral to assessment and treatment. Some of the characteristics of this population will be presented with treatment modalities and recovery monitoring that can result in high level of abstinence and recovery rates. PAP's who also serve as diversionary programs for professional licensing boards have demonstrated much success. PAP's help to protect health care consumers in addition to saving licenses, jobs and lives. Return to work where Substances of Abuse are readily available provides challenges and how these are addressed during treatment and recovery will be discussed.

2.0 Credits: PDH, CAC, APA, SW CEUs

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