Emerging Drugs of Abuse

Workshop Overview

Emerging Drugs of Abuse and Current Drug Trends

The goal of this interactive workshop will discuss the latest developments and information regarding synthetic cannabinoids, MDPV, Mephedrone, Kratom, and other emerging drugs that have been showing up with clients recently.  Workshop participants will be introduced to the physiology of these drugs and how they can possibly impact, mimic and exacerbate mental health disorders such as anxiety and depressive disorders.  Epidemiologic trends in drug abuse in both youth and adults will be discussed as will the latest trends both on the national and local levels.

Workshop Date

February 6, 2019
Workshop hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Workshop Location:

DoubleTree by Hilton, 700 Hope Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

Credentialing Information:

This course is approved for 6 NBCC Clock Hours (LPC, LAC, LCADC, CADC, LMFT) of continuing education (NBCC Provider #6532). This course has been applied for the following type of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 6 by the Association of Social Work Boards.

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Cancellation/Reimbursement Policy:

Valid requests must be received in writing/email within seven (7) days of course date. Late requests for the 4 day workshop series can only bring in a substitute attendee or receive credit for a future workshop date. All refunds are subject to a $15.00 processing fee. If paid by credit card, an additional $4.01 fee will be assessed to cover the cost of PayPal processing charges on credit cards. Refund requests require 2-3 weeks processing time and will be issued as a check as is our policy.

Privacy Policy:

Advanced Counselor Training keeps all information private. None of your information will go out to any other vendors, marketers, or other 3rd party applications or programs. On-line sign-up is done via a secured, encrypted server and any hard copy information sent to Advanced Counselor Training is stored in a locked, secure location.

Grievance Policy:

Valid grievance requests must be received in writing/email within ten days of workshop date, or can be provided in person directly after the workshop. Every attempt will be made to resolve a grievance with a complainant at the time of the grievance. Should this not be resolved, the complainant will be provided further grievance procedures to follow including contacting the Licensed Professional Counselor Committee at the Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6415, and/or contacting NBCC at (336) 547-0607, to report the nature of the unresolved grievance.

Any social worker not pleased with the complaint resolution provided by Advanced Counselor Training, LLC may appeal to the CE accrediting entity or their jurisdictional board. The State Board of Social Worker Examiners at the Division of Consumer Affairs can be reached at (973) 504-6495.

Disability Accommodations:

If you need any accommodations due to a disability, please contact Advanced Counselor Training, LLC upon registration to the workshop. We can be reached at 732-544-2189 or via email at info@clinicalsupervisor.net.

Additional Social Work Information:

Content in this workshop will cover practice and content levels of beginner to intermediate regarding medical marijuana.

Course Completion Requirements:

All participants will have to show 100% attendance. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. Participants will have to sign in at the beginning of the workshop and sign out at the end of the workshop. All participants must complete the course evaluation and hand it in at the end of the workshop. Certificates of completion will be awarded to participants who meet all of these requirements at the end of the workshop day.

Workshop Components:

8:30 AM – Sign-in/Morning Coffee Station

9:00 AM – History of drug emergence and of being federally controlled (10 min)

  1. Overview of the scheduling of controlled substances.

9:10 AM – Synthetic Cannabinoids (50 min)

  1. History of classifying/prohibiting marijuana.
  2. Synthetic vs. naturally occurring cannabinoids.
  3. What are synthetic cannabinoids and the history of their rise in popularity.
  4. Classes of synthetic cannabinoids.
  5. Effects and dangers.
  6. Generational iterations of synthetic cannabinoids.
  7. Legal Status both locally and nationally.
  8. Vaporizor’s with Marijuana/Hash Oils

9:50 AM – MDPV/Mephedrone (“Bath Salts”) (50 min)

  1. What are “bath salts” and the history of their rise in popularity.
  2. Synthetic amphetamines with hallucinogenic properties.
  3. Dangers/lethality/Poison Control Center data.
  4. Timeline, effects of use and relation to Ecstasy.
  5. Legal status in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and nationally.

10:50 AM – (15 Minute Morning Break)

11:05 AM – Opiates and Synthetic Opiates (1 hour)

  1. History of classifying/prohibiting opiates.
  2. Opiates (Opium, Kratom) and synthetic opioids (Heroin, Oxycodone, Oxycontin).
  3. Medicated assisted treatment for opiate addiction (Methodone, Suboxone, Vivitrol).
  4. Cough Syrup with Codeine and Promethazine
  5. Dangers/effects of use.
  6. Differential Diagnosis issues and group exercise

12:05 PM – Lunch (On Your Own)

1:05 PM – National Emerging Trends of Existing Drugs (Cocaine and Alcohol) (1 hour)

  1. History of classifying/prohibiting alcohol and cocaine
  2. Cocaine lacing trends
  3. Alcohol trends (alcopops, and different routes of ingestion)
  4. History of prohibition of different drug classes

2:05 PM – (15 Minute Afternoon Break)

2:20 PM – Molly/Hallucinogens, Synthetic Hallucinogens, Ketamine and Detramethorphan (1 hour)

  1. History of classifying/prohibiting hallucinogens
  2. Ecstasy & new trends with MDMA (Molly)
  3. Synthetic psilocybin, 2C-I, 2C-E and the “new school” of synthetic hallucinogens
  4. NBOMe’s
  5. Old School Trends (PCP, Ketamine)
  6. Bromo-DragonFLY
  7. Kratom
  8. Salvia Divinorum & Salvinorin A

3:20 PM – Other Emerging Trends – (10 min)

  1. Drug trend possibly on the horizon (Krokodil & Oxi)

3:30 PM – Question/Answer Period, Attendee Sign-out, Certificate of Completion Dissemination

5 Hour Emerging Drugs of Abuse Workshop

$129 Early Registration per workshop day (by 01/23/19)
$150 Late Registration per workshop day (from 01/24/19 – 02/04/19)

Registration is OPEN for this workshop!

Conference Presenter

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:  Frank Greenagel, MPAP, LCSW, LCADC, ICADC, CASAC, ACSW, CJC, CCS is a clinical social worker who specializes in addiction & recovery treatment. He is licensed in NJ, NY, and PA. Frank is an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work. He is also an instructor at the Center of Alcohol Studies. He writes a blog at greenagel.com. He conducts trainings and delivers keynote speeches around the country. He completed a Masters in Public Affairs and Politics in 2015. Frank consults for a variety of treatment programs and universities. He serves on the Board of Directors for NASW-NJ and he also sits on the Rutgers School of Social Work Alumni Council. Frank is the   Public Policy Chair of the NJ Society of Addiction Medicine and the Vice-Chair of the Overdose Prevention Agency   Corporation (TOPAC). He has trained thousands of police in NY, NJ and PA on issues surrounding addiction and community policing. Frank drives up to Albany, NY, a few times a month in order to serve as a Consulting Therapist for the NY State Troopers EAP. He is also the supervising therapist at the NJ Recovery High School/Roselle.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course approved for LCSWs, LSWs, LPCs, LACs, LCADCs, CADCs and/or LFMTs?

This course is pending approved by the Association of Social Work Boards. Pending approval is for social workers under the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 5  This course is an NBCC approved course which is good for LPCs, LACs, LCADCs, CADCs, and LMFTs.

Will this course meet the NJ requirement of 1 hour of Opioid/Opiate education required each biennial period?

Yes!  This course provides 1 hour of education on various issues related to opioid use disorders (please refer to the workshop components above).

Will this workshop only be held in Tinton Falls?

Currently, we are holding this in central NJ to allow as many people as possible to have access to this workshop.