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​A Biopsychosocial Perspective on the Opioid Crisis

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When: Friday, January 10, 2020
12:00 - 1:45 PM
Where: LACPA Conference Room
6345 Balboa Blvd., #126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: LACPA Office

Online registration is available until: 1/8/2020
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Friday, January 10, 2020

12:00 - 1:45 PM  1.5 CE Credits


A Biopsychosocial Perspective on the Opioid Crisis


Presented by:  David Wiss, M.S., RDN


The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions. Psychosocial factors such as stress, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences have been linked to emotional pain often leading to self-medication. A “systems-thinking” approach is required to connect various social and biological theories, including their mediators as they relate to the opioid crisis.



David Wiss, MS, RDN is the founder of Nutrition in Recovery, which specializes in: Addictions, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Gut Health, Body Image, and General Wellness. Mr. Wiss has shared his expertise with numerous eating disorder and addiction facilities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. David is a published author and a nationally recognized expert in nutrition for addiction, currently working on his PhD in Public Health from UCLA. 



Outline - A Biopsychosocial Perspective on the Opioid Crisis

3 min: LACPA intro

5 min: Theoretical framework: The biopsychosocial model of health

5 min: Environmental factors: Supply-side issues with opioids (pain management)

10 min: Psychosocial vulnerability to opioid use disorders

              Socioeconomic Status, Stress, PTSD, Adverse Childhood Experiences

5 min: Biological vulnerability

              Reward pathways, genetics, epigenetics

10 min: Emerging data on the microbiome

10 min: Opioids and Nutrition

              Nutrient Deficiencies, Eating Behavior, Gastrointestinal Health

5 min: Theory comparison

5 min: Policy Interventions

5 min: Treatment Implications

5 min: Nutrition Interventions

              Future Directions

7 min: Conclusions

15 min: Question & Answer



Course Goals and Educational Objectives


a.       Attendees will be able to describe the various theories used to explain addiction vulnerability and the rising

          opioid overdose and death rates.


b.       Attendees will define a biopsychosocial perspective to the opioid crisis, including environmental

         factors, psychosocial factors, and biological factors, as well as their potential mediators.


c.        Attendees will be able to describe the link between opioids and impaired gastrointestinal function,

          considering the role of the microbiome and potential nutrition interventions.


Parking info for Weekday/daytime programs:


The LACPA office address is THE ENCINO OFFICE PARK, 6345 Balboa Blvd, Building 2, Suite 126, Encino, CA 91316 - second building from Balboa Blvd., conveniently located near ample free daytime/weekday street parking on Balboa Blvd, south of Victory Blvd.  Both sides of Balboa have all day free parking.  There is also plenty of free parking at the Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex on the west side of Balboa, south of Victory, 6201 Balboa Blvd. (2nd driveway past the Busway). A 3-4 minute walk to the office door.  Wherever you park, please check the signs. 


Parking at The Encino Office Park lot between the hours of 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. is restricted to building tenants only.  Please do not park in the lot at the building.



* Attention Brown Bag Attendees!


There is a café in our complex called Park Café and Grill located in building four. They carry a wonderful selection of sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups and daily specials throughout the day.    


If you are interested, you may place an order the morning of the program 818-578-5606.  Walk-ins are fine.


For their menu and more details, you can view their website at www.parkcafeandgrill.com



This Brown Bag Event is available to all LACPA Members.  

This is a FREE LACPA MEMBER BENEFIT. Seating is limited.  


Certification of Attendance for Continuing Education Credit

Please note that the Brown Bag Programs are being offered as a LACPA Membership Benefit.  Attendance is limited to 50 LACPA members. Should you have a friend or colleague who would like to attend, please have them join LACPA before they send in this registration form. Programs subject to change.


The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This course may be taken to satisfy the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.



It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 5 minutes (for a 1.5 hour program) after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.


Program and location are subject to change.



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