Self-Study Webinar: Guest Speaker Series: Substance Use and the Justice System

Self-Study Webinar

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Self-Study Webinar

1 CEU Credit for LMSWs, LCSWs, and LMHC

This workshop will tackle the complicated relationship between addictions, violence, and criminal recidivism. Individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) are often involved with the justice system and SUD are associated with an increased risk of violence and criminal behaviors. The complex relationship between SUD, violence and justice involvement – an unfortunate trifecta - leads to a set of social circumstances that further cement this association. For example, homelessness, financial limitation and association with individuals with a criminal record often seen with SUD incites criminal behavior. Such behavior may introduce the person to the justice system and lead to incarceration, probation or parole, further compromising their socioeconomic situation and subject them to trauma and violence which they may later perpetrate.

We aim to dissect this complex relationship with the goal of identifying opportunities where psychiatrists may intervene to identify at risk individuals and apply evidence interventions to break this cycle. We will present models of working with drug courts, law enforcement agencies, lawmakers, healthcare providers and public school systems to improve clinical and social outcomes and reduce the likelihood of criminal recidivism.

Join the SWEET Institute and Elie G. Aoun, MD, and be able to:

  1. Describe the intricacies of the relationship between SUD, violence and justice involvement
  2. Recognize the social circumstances that contribute and cement this relationship
  3. Review evidence based interventions shown to reduce criminal recidivism in the substance using populations


"In depth, substantive information on the subject by the presenter + helpful contributions from attendees via excellent interactive technology. A wonderful way to learn."

- Enid, LMSW

Elie G. Aou, MD

Elie G. Aoun, M.D., is a psychiatrist in general, addiction and forensic practice in New York on faculty at NYU as an emergency psychiatrist and a PGY7 forensic psychiatry research fellow at Columbia University. He completed his general psychiatry residency at Brown University in Providence, RI, an addiction psychiatry fellowship at UCSF in San Francisco and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University in New York. He is the vice chair of the American Psychiatric Association Council on Addiction Psychiatry.

Dr. Aoun’s work focuses on examining the intersection of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and the law. Specifically, he works on program development and implementation in reentry models for individuals with SUD, examining interventions that reduce crime recidivism in this population. He also studies decision-making trees for persons with SUD in order to better understand why they may engage in self-defeating behaviors.

In addition, Dr. Aouns expertise includes also the neuro-psycho-endocrinology of Alcohol Use Disorder, behavioral economic model of addictions, public policy and advocacy for issues pertaining to access to care for underprivileged and stigmatized populations including those with substance use disorders, LGBT and incarcerated individuals. He has authored several peer reviewed articles, book chapters, position statements and other policy papers and has presented talks at various national and local meetings. He has also contributed to multiple clinical trials looking at treatments and hormonal specificities in Alcohol Use Disorders at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction studies at Brown University.

There are a handful of states that the NASW does not cover because those states want to maintain their independent authority to approve, or not, providers and courses. New York is one of these states. BUT: In New York State, the Office of Professions controls the approval process instead of the NASW. We are an approved provider by the NY State Office of Professions.In other words:

  • In the State of New York, SWEET Institute is approved by the Office of Professions under Dr. Sidor Psychiatric Services as a CEU provider for social workers (#SW-0471) and mental health counselors (#MHC-0127).
  • Our live and self-study webinars are individually approved by the NASW National CE Approval Program in 46 additional states. SWEET courses are NOT approved by the NASW National CE Approval Program in: Michigan, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

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Your Facilitator and Co-Facilitator

Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW
Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW

Mardoche Sidor, MD is a Harvard-trained quadruple board certified psychiatrist who has worked both in the public and the private sector. He has done private work for eight years in three different states, and continues to consult with private practitioners throughout the US and abroad. He also has a background in leadership, management, public speaking, and program development. He also has experience in executive coaching, teaching, and writing. His overall goal is to help individuals, throughout the United States and globally. He is the CEO and President of the SWEET Institute, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and was previously Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for three different organizations. He speaks and writes fluently in four (4) languages—French, English, Spanish, and Creole, with intermediate proficiency in Portuguese and Italian.

Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW, is a Columbia-trained Social Worker with wide clinical, teaching, and supervision experience. She also has a background in management, mentorship, and leadership that spans almost 20 years. She has vast experience working in multiple systems bridging the gaps among different stakeholders including in the court, and community health, systems. Her added passion is in advocacy, coaching, public relations, and mediation. Her goal is to ensure that women feel empowered and have a voice “at the table.” Dr. Dubin-McKnight is the COO and Vice President for the SWEET Institute. As Executive, she has previously held positions of Court Operations Director, and two other directorships in different organizations. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work and Adelphi University School of Social Work. She also maintains a private practice, working with individuals who have experienced loss and trauma. She additionally provides clinical and management supervision.

SWEET Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this for?
This webinar series is for health professionals and it is about a variety of topics that are not generally discussed. Topics range from financing to marketing; from basic law to neuroscience, and from specialized areas of health to advocacy, and personal development.
Will I get continuing education credits for this course?
Yes. This course is 1 CEU Credit.
What if I miss the live webinar?
A pre-recorded version is followed immediately after the live webinar and will be made available for you to access at any time, from anywhere, at your convenience.
Are refunds available if I'm not happy with the course?
Absolutely! We focus on adding value and we, therefore, pride ourselves on our 100% money back guarantee policy. If at the end of the webinar you feel you have not gained any tools to help you grow personally or professionally, please let us know and you will be refunded.
Who are the Guest Speakers?
Our guest speakers are chosen for their level of expertise in their respective field. They generally teach, write on, or do research in, their respective area.
What is your cancelation policy for memberships?
Monthly Memberships: We trust that you will receive as much value as possible, and we are adding more value each day. You can cancel at any time and not have to pay the recurring monthly membership, should you choose to cancel. Annual Memberships: You are getting a 2-month discount because of your Annual Membership commitment. Furthermore, we trust that you will receive as much value as possible, and we are adding more value each day. You can cancel your Annual Membership within 30 days, and receive a full refund minus one-month worth of membership. After 30 days, you will have experienced SWEET enough to determine that it is indeed the right fit for you, and any cancellation after that will ensure that your Annual Membership does not renew at the expiration date. You will be able to continue to access all SWEET services during the remainder of your membership year.

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