SAVE ME Pharmacists and the Interprofessional Team: Supporting Recovery

The community pharmacist is a vital member of the treatment team to support the health and safety of the client or patient. This program explores what your pharmacist brings to the inter-professional team and how this collaboration can work to mitigate risk and treat substance use disorder. Common challenges and solutions to creating the community-clinical linkages and implementing Chapter 488 will be analyzed. A first person experience, a panel and case vignettes will be used to experience the value of working inter-professionally and the value of recovery.



Stephanie Nichols, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPP, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Husson University, an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts, and a psychiatric and substance use disorder (SUD) pharmacist. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo and completed a post-graduate residency at Maine Medical Center. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP). Dr. Nichols has over a decade of experience providing direct patient care and inter-professional teaching; and she has served as a preceptor for over 75 student and resident learners. She has won multiple awards for excellence in the areas of teaching, student precepting, and clinical practice. More here…

Kristen M. Sowada, RN, FNP Student, is a Registered Nurse, wife, and mother of three children. Kristen earned herundergraduate degree in Psychology from Saint Michael’s College and later went on to earnher Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New York University. Currently, Kristen is a Psychiatric Nurse, working closely with patients suffering from addiction. In her spare time, Kristen can be found speaking to health care professionals and students at various Universities throughout New England, regarding addiction among healthcare professionals. Kristen is currently accepted into the Family Nurse Practitioner program at St. Joseph’s College.

Panel Facilitator: Clay Graybeal, Ph.D., M.S.W., University of New England

PanelistsStephanie Nichols, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPP | Kristen M. Sowada, RN, FNP Student Noah Nesin, MD, FAAFP Jonathan C. Fellers, MD John Yasenchak, Ed.D., LCPC, LADC, CCS Kayla Kaey, Pharm.D. Candidate, 2018 Matthew Braun, BS


  • 5.5 contact hours for nurses. CCSME Provider Unit is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by ANCC, NE-MSD or CCSME Provider Unit.

  • 5.5 contact hours pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

  • 5.5 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.

  • 5.5 contact hours for CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

  • Certificate of attendance for 5.5 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professional

  • Up to 5.5 CME contact hours for physicians and physician assistants. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.Certificates will be emailed to participants upon completion of an online course evaluation. 


Check-in will begin at 8:45 a.m. Program begins at 9:00 a.m.

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