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Fentanyl use and abuse is rapidly becoming one of the greatest threats to public health in America. The number of overdose deaths per year (70,601 in 2021 per CDC) from this deadly illicitly manufactured fentanyl are staggering and increasing at an alarming rate (25% annually per CDC). One of the most concerning aspects of this situation is fentanyl laced street drugs and substance abusers who unknowingly ingest it (and become addicted to it or overdose from it). This accidental use is resulting in increased drug emergencies and deaths. Clients presenting in your practice may be exposed to illicit fentanyl in other substances they are using, and without proper screening, you and the client may be unaware that a fentanyl addiction is present or developing.

Please join us for a review of the etiology of fentanyl, the need to screen substance disorder clients who may have unsuspectingly ingested it, the role that Narcan plays in saving lives, and your ethical responsibility as a behavioral health care professional to appropriately manage mortal risk when treating clients in the fentanyl landscape.

In addition to the below Objectives, this webinar training includes the following highlights:

1. A Mandatory Disclosure checklist that includes information specific to the fentanyl crisis when treating substance use disorder clients.
2. A discussion of the heightened risks involved in treating substance use disorder clients and how to ethically manage those risks.
3. A discussion of the importance of working with a clinical supervisor/ clinical consultant/ medical consultant in fentanyl or suspected fentanyl SUD cases.
4. How to best approach fentanyl or suspected fentanyl SUD cases inside a treatment team consisting of you (therapist), a medical case manager, a licensed medical professional, and a prescriber.


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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Identify and describe two known facts regarding the etiology of fentanyl.

b). Describe two methods currently used for fentanyl screening.

c). Define what Narcan is, its common uses, and the common qualifications used in best practice to safely administer it.

d). Identify and describe two aspects of mandatory disclosure relevant to SUD treatment for clients addicted to fentanyl or suspected fentanyl.


Target Audience:

Clinical Mental Health Professionals such as Counselors, Psychologists, Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS

Material Author(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS  

Jodi Geis-Crowder has a passion for the helping profession to ensureaccess to care for all. She is also passionate about mentoring, supervising and training others to reach their professional potential. Jodi has spent the past 25 years dedicating her professional efforts to ensuring that individuals in rural, frontier areas in Northeast Colorado and Southeast Wyoming have access to quality, culturally meaningful behavioral health care and substance use disorder services, delivered by trained, competent providers. A native of Wyoming, Jodi holds an Associate of Science Degree in Education from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Sciences with areas of emphasis in psychology, economics, political science and anthropology, and a Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Leadership from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. She holds professional counseling licenses in good standing in Colorado (LPC-2476, March 2000) and Wyoming (LPC-1602, September 2016), is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, a certified Solution Focused Brief Therapy practitioner, holds a certificate in the Human/Animal Bond from the Denver University Graduate School of Social Work, has studied and gained numerous continuing education credits in the area of the human/animal bond, has been registered with four previous therapy dogs (2005, 2010, 2019 and 2021) and recently passed her test and credentialing with her Border Collie, Shay River, through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Jodi’s passion for culturally appropriate human/animal bond and agriculture related services in rural areas resulted in her developing animal assisted therapy programs and therapeutic horticulture for two community mental health centers: Centennial Mental Health Center in Northeast Colorado and Peak Wellness Center in Southeast Wyoming. Jodi states, “I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to bring my passion for the natural world and rural culture into my professional work by developing programs that are culturally meaningful and support the rural culture.” She further states, “My original therapy dog, Mr. Big, taught me more about patience and unconditional love than any other relationship in my life. It is astounding to me how much he continues to teach me about grief and loss through his passing.”

Jodi has held positions as a clinician, clinical coordinator, clinical supervisor, regional clinical director and telehealth clinical supervisor, and education and training coordinator in her years at Centennial Mental Health Center and Peak Wellness Center. Jodi developed animal assisted therapy, therapeutic horticulture and peer specialist programs during her tenure at Centennial Mental Health Center and was the architect for and developed a centralized, telehealth clinical supervision model for Peak Wellness Center. Jodi has extensive training and experience in working in the telehealth model. She authored an article regarding transitioning to working remotely and provided support to others transitioning to remote work during the Covid 19 Pandemic shut down in March, 2020. This article was used internally at Peak Wellness Center to support staff during this transition. Jodi also served as secretary of the Iliff Head Start Advisory Board for six years in Iliff, CO and is currently on the Absaroka Head Start Advisory Board in Worland, WY.

Jodi currently works full time as a telehealth clinical supervisor and trainer for Volunteers of America Norther Rockies (VOANR). Volunteers of America Northern Rockies merged with Peak Wellness Center in July of 2020 and serves the needs of individuals with behavior health care and substance use disorder challenges, as well as specializing in services for veterans in Montana, Wyoming and Western South Dakota. She enjoys teaching webinars and assisting others in their professional development under her private company JGC Enterprises, LLC in the areas of Ethics, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, working in the telehealth model and the human/animal bond. Jodi is also a professional mixed media and water color artist and hopes to volunteer at the Washakie County Library in Worland, WY, developing an animal assisted reading program for youth.

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