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Moderator: Nicole Paolillo, Psy.D.

This presentation will introduce the underlying biology of opioid addiction.  It will explore how addiction should be considered a chronic relapsing brain disease.  Finally, the discussion will explore the use of pharmacological agents in treatment of opioid addiction (MAT; medication-assisted treatment) as one option to help psychologists and psychiatrists address this societal concern.

Learning Objectives: 

This workshop is designed to help participants:

  • Describe the relationship between drugs of abuse and natural brain messengers.
  • Explain how drugs of abuse change brain structure and function.
  • Convince someone that opioid addiction is a brain disease and should be treated as such.


(Cost of CE certificate paid separately to NJPA after program. Link will be given at the end of the webinar. You must be present for the entire webinar to qualify for credits)
NJPA Sustaining Member: Free
NJPA Member: $15
Non-NJPA Member: $25

This is an Intermediate Level program for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physicians, Educators, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Graduate Students.

Student: (Free with ID)

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SJPA Member: $20.00
ECP: $16.00
Non-SJPA Member: $30.00

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  1. Carolyn Carbone-Magnero January 17, 2023 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    I am a member of NJPA and am having a very difficult time registering for”Drugs of Abuse as False Messengers. Please help.

    • dr.denario@denariopsllc.com January 25, 2023 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      Hello Carolyn,
      I sent an email to your address at ccarbone789@gmail.com last week offering help with registering for the webinar, but I have not heard back from you. Perhaps my message went to your “spam” box. I see in our registrations that you have not yet had success with registering for the “Drugs of Abuse as False Messengers: The Opioids” webinar. Can you describe the problem you are having with registration?
      Best regards,
      Christine Denario, Psy.D., SJPA President

    • dr.denario@denariopsllc.com January 29, 2023 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Hi Carolyn,
      I saw that you attempted to complete a transaction to become a new member of the South Jersey Psychological Association (SJPA), but it appears that your transaction did not complete. We are pleased to have your interest! Can I help you any further with attempting a new transaction?
      Best regards,
      Christine Denario, Psy.D.
      SJPA President

  2. Joel Kleinman January 24, 2023 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Look forward to this zoom seminar. But, why is a response required to register?

    • dr.denario@denariopsllc.com January 25, 2023 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      Hello Joel,
      I see that you have successfully registered to attend the webinar “Drugs of Abuse as False Messengers: The Opioids”. I do not believe a response is required in the registration process. If you are have not received confirmation of your registration, please let me know, and I will check on the issue.
      Best regards,
      Christine Denario, Psy.D., SJPA President

  3. Barbara Pulliam January 28, 2023 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I am a member of NJPA. How do I register at the $15 fee instead of the $30 fee? Thanks!

    • dr.denario@denariopsllc.com January 29, 2023 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Hello Barbara,
      I think you are referring to the reduced fee for the CEU credits, which are issued by NJPA after your attendance at the entire workshop is verified. NJPA will send you a link to complete their survey and pay for your credits, at which time you would login to your NJPA Member Account in order to get the $15 NJPA Member CEU rate.
      As for paying to attend the webinar itself, which is sponsored by the South Jersey Psychological Association (SJPA), you would pay the $30.00 “Non-SJPA Member” fee, as you are not a member of the South Jersey Psychological Association (unless you would like to become a member, in which case you could apply for membership here: https://sjpapsychologists.org/join-us/ [We would be happy to count you among our membership – the more, the merrier!]).
      Follow these instructions to register to attend at the Non-SJPA Member rate:
      1. Hit the “Events” tab at the top right of the SJPA home page ( https://sjpapsychologists.org/ ), and navigate your way to the Opioids Webinar event.
      2. Scroll down to the “Tickets” box. Next to the “Non-SJPA Member: $30.00” section is a series of beige boxes.
      3. Hit the “+” sign to add one ticket to pay for.
      4. If you’re using PayPal, click the “PayPal” bar to continue the transaction, or if you prefer to use a credit card, scroll down just a little further, enter your card info into the boxes, and click “Purchase Tickets”.
      Here’s the link to the event again: https://sjpapsychologists.org/event/drugs-of-abuse-as-false-messengers-the-opioids/
      Feel free to contact me at chrisdenario@gmail.com if you have further questions.
      Christine Denario, Psy.D.
      SJPA President

  4. Baarbara Pulliam January 30, 2023 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Denario for the information. It was very helpful!!

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