About the Program

This year’s Patient and Family Education Day on substance use disorders will present the latest research on what is currently known about the rationale for and science on treating addiction as a chronic illness. These event is presented in partnership with Mass General's Recovery Research Institute and Center for Addiction Medicine.

Not a day goes by currently without hearing about the tragedy of the opioid overdose crisis that is leaving so many families bereaved. New science is emerging on the need to support people suffering from opioid or other addictions not just for a few weeks or months as they begin to stabilize in early recovery, but for many years. This is because those in early recovery are still vulnerable to substance use disorder recurrence for at least five years following early remission.

A variety of long-term clinical disease management and recovery support services addressing substance use disorders have emerged during the past 25 years and are showing promise as cost-effective entities in aiding long-term remission and recovery.

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About the Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry was established in 1934. In the course of eight decades, its scientists and clinicians have made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Today, the department includes more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists and has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, which includes research in neuroscience, genetics, and the assessment of new and established treatments for mental health disorders.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry has been named the #1 psychiatry department in the country by U.S. News and World Report 17 times.

Psychiatry Academy

The Mass General Psychiatry Academy was launched in 2005 to bring high quality continuing medical education to psychiatrists, primary care doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals around the world through live programming and the Internet. In 2010, the Psychiatry Academy assumed responsibility for patient education programs that were formerly provided by the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center. The Psychiatry Academy now provides education for individuals, families, non-professional caregivers, and the community about mental health, translating the latest research advances into practical information to help people work with their doctors toward the most accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment results.

Learn more about our patient and family programs.

Program Organizers

  • Grace Shanks, Senior Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Academy, Mass General
  • Rose Desilets, MBA, Business Manager & Registrar, Psychiatry Academy, Mass General
  • Lynda Reid, PMP, Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Academy, Mass General


9:15 am  Check-in
10:00 am

Welcome and Introduction
John F. Kelly, PhD and Alexandra Plante, MA

10:15 am The Rationale for and Science on Treating Addiction as a Chronic Illness  
John F. Kelly, PhD
10:40 am Q&A

10:55 am

Effective Treatment for Addiction: What Is It and How Do You Find It
Nalan Ward, MD, medications and Martha Kane, PhD, psychosocial treatments for sufferers and their families
11:40 am Q&A

 11:55 am Long-term Recovery: The Role of Maintenance Treatments
A. Eden Evins, MD

 12:25 pm


12:40 pm Lunch

1:20 pm

Patient and Family Panel
Joanne Peterson, Learn2Cope

1:50 pm


2:05 pm

Using Technology to Aid Addiction Recovery: What Do We Know?
Brandon Bergman, PhD

2:35 pm


2:50 pm

Building Recovery Capital
Corrie Vilsaint, PhD

3:20 pm


3:30 pm

Program Concludes


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Parking & Directions


The Starr Center Auditorium
Massachusetts General Hospital
185 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114


Due to the increasing demands of patient and patient visitor parking, Mass General is no longer able to support event parking in the Fruit Street, Parkman Street, Yawkey, or Charles River Plaza garages. Because of the hospital’s close proximity to the Charles/Mass General Red Line Station, the use of public transportation whenever possible for all events is highly recommended.

Note: Parking will no longer be discounted or validated free of charge.

Public Transportation

Take the MBTA Red Line to Charles/MGH or the Green Line or Orange line to North Station.


Contact Us

Mass General Psychiatry Academy

Email: mghcme@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 866-644-7792

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