Chemical Dependency

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About The Presenter

Dr. Nancy J. Williams is Professor of Dental Hygiene in the College of Allied Health Sciences and Associate Professor of the Department of Biologic and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry.

She has been at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center since 1980.

Recognizing Addiction for the Entire Dental Team

  • Saturday, December 3, 2011: 1:00 to 3:00pm
  • Location: Memphis
  • 2 credit hours; $70.00 per person
  • Course Presenter: Nancy J. Williams, RDH, EdD
  • Course Registration Form

This course takes place on the UTHSC campus in the Humphreys General Education Building, at the corner of Madison and Dunlap. Parking is available in the parking garage located at 869 Madison Avenue, next to the building. Parking is $5.

Lunch will be provided for participants who also take the OSHA course scheduled from 8:30am - Noon on this date

Course Description

Addictions are a silent, but pervasive problem in today’s society, regardless of financial status, ethnicity, age or profession. They impact our patients’ lives, our profession and our personal lives. Fascinating research is indicating our brain’s neurotransmitters play a major role in a person progressing from casual substance use to substance abuse.

This course will discuss types of substances, signs of substance use (psychological, physiological, oral manifestations), and the role of the brain in the addiction process. An outline of successful intervention and preventive strategies will be included. Because health care professionals must be aware of the many faces of this problem, this course will provide the information needed to help a patient, co-worker or family member manage this debilitating and complicated problem.

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for 2 hours continuing education credits.