Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D., Senior Associate, is presenting during the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference April 24 and 25 in Washington, DC.

She is presenting a poster session on a “Shared Decision-Making Tool for Opioid Use” from 1:00-1:30 pm (poster #309, Cherry Blossom Lobby, Ballroom Level). Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder is an interactive decision aid tool from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It helps people with opioid use disorder learn about Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) options and decide, with their health care provider, which treatment options are best for their chosen recovery pathway.

She is also presenting a workshop on “Supervising Peer Support Workers: What Supervisors Need to Know” with Tom Hill of the National Council for Behavioral Health on April 25 from 10:30-11:30 am (Chesapeake 4-6, Ballroom Level). This workshop explores the context of peer support services and presents principles and practices of supervision with peer support workers. While peer support workers do not require special supervision, programs are increasingly employing them to engage and support people with behavioral health conditions and their families, and supervisors need to have knowledge, skills, and attitudes to supervise these new roles.

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