Continuing Care Issues for Recovering Professionals


Provided by RiverMend Health Institute

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Release date: June 8, 2016

Valid through: June 8, 2019

Topic: Addiction Recovery, Continuing Care, Workplace Recommendations Post Treatment, Recovering Professionals

Media: Recorded/On Demand

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes

Target Audience

This CE activity is intended for physicians, psychiatrists, physician assistants, psychologists, and allied mental health advocates.

Program Overview

For professionals completing treatment, meticulous and appropriate continuing care recommendations can be critical to long term successful outcomes. Care should be taken to begin planning for continuing care issues reasonably early and throughout the course of a professionals’ treatment. Areas of consideration should include:

  1. Unresolved problems/issues uncovered during treatment
  2. What specific type of aftercare program is most appropriate
  3. Individual therapy follow up
  4. Psychiatric follow up
  5. Medical follow up (if indicated)
  6. Family therapy (if indicated)
  7. 12 Step involvement
  8. Legal and/or professional licensing issues and finally
  9. Specific workplace recommendations for those healthcare professionals returning to a high risk work setting e.g. pharmacists and anesthesiologists

Learning Objectives

After this presentation attendees will be better able to: 

  1. Describe examples of issues uncovered during treatment that might affect the continuing care decision making process.
  2. Discuss specific areas of consideration that may be included in continuing care recommendations.
  3. Assess personality issues that might affect continuing care recommendations.

Continuing Education

APA, American Psychological Association

RiverMend Health Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  RiverMend Health Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

APA CE credit Awarded: 1.0

ADACGBA, Approved Continuing Education Provider

RiverMend Health Centers, a RiverMend Health LLC entity, maintains responsibility for this program and its content. RiverMend Health LLC is a ADACGBA Approved Continuing Education Provider and may offer ADACBGA approved hours for events that meet ADACBGA requirements. Provider #15-55-03-916

ADACBGA Continuing Education Units Awarded: 1.0

NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

RiverMend Health Institute is a NAADAC Approved Continuing Education Provider and may offer NAADAC- National Certification Commission approved hours for events that meet NAADAC requirements. Provider # 867.

NAADAC Continuing Education Units awarded: 1.0

NBCC, National Board of Certified Counselors

RiverMend Health is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Provider #6573.

NBCC CE credit Awarded: 1.0

CBBS, California Board of Behavioral Sciences

This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. RiverMend Health Institute Provider #4688.

CBBS CE credit awarded: 1.0

CDR, Commission on Dietetic Registration

RiverMend Health Institute is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians registered (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians registered (DTRs) will receive continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for the completion of this program. CDR Provider #R1656.

CDR CPEU awarded: 1.0




Mr. Cross is currently semi-retired but has served as a therapist/case manager in the Health Professionals Addiction Treatment Program at Presence (formerly Resurrection) Behavioral Health for the past 23 years. Prior to that, he was a pharmacy owner and manager for 19 years. Mr. Cross received his pharmacy degree at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy and holds a Master of Health Science degree specific to Addiction Sciences. He has published numerous articles on the topic of addiction in pharmacists and has spoken both nationally and internationally. He is a faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy and Chicago State University College of Pharmacy where he conducts classes and lectures on the topic of addiction. He currently works as Senior Consultant to Positive Sobriety Institute in Chicago.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

  • No financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving credit for this activity. During the accredited period, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; study the educational activity; and complete the post-test and the evaluation form. If you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation, your certificate will be available immediately for download in PDF format.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.