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The Emergency Department (ED) can be an entry point for treatment, a safety net, or in some cases, a place to obtain drugs. This brief, self-directed online course explores how the ED can be part of the solution. Participants will learn ways to respond to acute withdrawal, to analyze the differences in the presentations of pain verses drug seeking behavior, to limit misuse of substances, and to address chronic and acute suicidal ideation that frequently accompanies substance use disorders.

How it Works

After watching a video presentation by James Wolak, MD, you will be required to take a short quiz. Upon receiving a grade of 80% or higher, you will be directed to a course evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download a .pdf certificate to get your course credit.


  • Video Presentation
  • Exit quiz requiring a score of at least 80% to earn contact hours
  • Evaluation of the training

About the Presenter

James Wolak, MD, is Medical Director for Hospital Psychiatric Services at Maine Medical Center, where he oversees the inpatient, consult/liaison, and emergency psychiatry divisions. He has over 10 years of experience in the emergency department at Maine Med, having performed countless psychiatric evaluations on acute patients with co-occurring disorders and suicidal ideation. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and is core faculty for resident and medical student education at Maine Med. He received his MD from Columbia University and completed his residency in psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell – Payne Whitney Clinic.

Contact Hours

Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.

  • 1 Category I contact hour for Psychologists are provided.
    CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
  • 1 contact hour approved by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
  • 1 contact hour 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 completion for 1 contact hour for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and other Professionals.

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