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UNE Pharmacy Professor Provides Training at 2017 Annual Maine Behavioral Healthcare Co-Occurring Disorders Forum

August 17, 2017


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Media Contacts:
Sarah Wissler of the University of New England at (207) 221-4376
Crystal Canney of the University of New England at (207) 615-5968
Amy Safford, Director of Marketing and Communications at Maine Behavioral Healthcare at (207) 661-6616
Catherine Chichester of Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine at (207) 878-6170

PORTLAND, Maine – Christian Teter, Pharm.D., BCPP, associate professor of Psychopharmacology at UNE, has provided his expertise on cannabinoids at the Annual Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Co-Occurring Disorders Forum. This event is jointly sponsored by Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) and CCSME (Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine).

Teter discussed the impact of marijuana’s active ingredients, cannabinoids, on the developing brain; the harm and the benefits of recreational and medicinal uses; and what we currently do and do not understand about cannabinoids. He co-presented at the event with Debra Poulin, LCSW, CCS, director of Substance Use Treatment and Prevention Programming at MBH, who spoke about The Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), a program developed to assist those affected by substance abuse. Poulin provided an overview of how substance use disrupts relationships, the evidence for CRAFT model, and highlighted some of the skills needed to navigate and maintain a positive trajectory for all family members and friends.

The event was a three-hour training program for MBH and partner providers, designed to further develop the co-occurring model of treatment with CCSME. It was open to clinicians, case managers, nursing staff, residential staff, medical staff and others throughout the MBH continuum of care.

This program was made possible by support from the Pond Foundation and was offered through Maine Behavioral Healthcare. Contact Hours were provided through the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine.

About Maine Behavioral Healthcare:
Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) is a nonprofit organization serving more than 20,000 children, adolescents and adults at over 30 locations throughout southern, western, and mid-coast Maine, providing a continuum of coordinated mental healthcare from outpatient community offices to inpatient acute care at Spring Harbor Hospital.
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About Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine:
Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) provides professional education and technical assistance for the adoption of evidence-based practices for integrated treatment and prevention of mental health and substance use conditions. We encourage professional development and resource development among individuals and organizations serving those affected by co-occurring conditions.
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About the University of New England:
The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, an innovative educational community with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses, a vibrant new campus in Tangier, Morocco, and a robust offering of degree and certificate programs online. UNE attracts accomplished faculty and internationally recognized scholars who engage students in research and scholarship. It is home to Maine's only medical and dental schools—part of a comprehensive health education mission built on a pioneering interprofessional approach that includes pharmacy, nursing and an array of allied health professions.

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