Interprofessional Forum on Ethics and Religion in Healthcare

The 4th Annual Interprofessional Forum on Ethics and Religion in Health Care: Transforming Approaches to Substance Use Disorders

Fourth Annual Interprofessional Forum on Ethics and Religion in Health Care

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Southern Management Corporation Campus Center

Transforming Approaches to Substance Use Disorders

Individuals with substance use disorders face challenges from multiple sources, including stigma that they lack the will to overcome their addiction. Ethics, religion, and spirituality are grounded in a belief in free will: that humans with sufficient cognitive capacity and support to "do the right thing" can choose to overcome adversity, and succeed. But what allows one person to succeed and another to continuously struggle? In this conference, we address this question from various perspectives, including what different health care professions offers in support of persons with substance use disorders, as well as religious and spiritual perspectives. This event will examine the roots of addiction and components of addiction recovery, including recent trends in fatal opioid overdoses. It will also identify ethical issues that arise in caring for individuals with substance addictions (and those in recovery). Participants will discuss ways that bias towards individuals with substance addiction thwarts their recovery and how those supporting these individuals can better ally with them. We welcome health care professionals, clergy, ethics committee members, and lay individuals interested in this topic to register.

This educational program is designed to facilitate interprofessional learning. We welcome all health care professionals as well as lay persons interested in exploring these questions from the lens of ethics, religion, and spirituality, with an emphasis on how different health care professions contribute.


8:30–9 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast


Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15–10 a.m.

Roots of substance use disorders & paths to recovery: 
A consumer-centered, collaborative & comprehensive care model

Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD

10–10:45 a.m.

Heroin and opioid addictions’ impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and populations

Christopher Welsh, MD

10:45–11 a.m.

Debriefing; Q & A

11–11:15 a.m.



PANEL: Religion and spirituality’s history & dilemmas with substance use disorders

This panel session focuses on how religious and spiritual perspectives have helped and hindered persons with substance use disorders.

12:15–12:30 p.m.


12:30–1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:15–2:45 p.m.

PANEL: Ethics and addiction: Multiple intersections

This panel session will highlight ethical issues encountered when caring for individuals with substance use disorders. Attendees will also join the panelists in discussing a case study brought before an ethics committee involving a patient with a substance use disorder.

2:45– 3:30 p.m.

Essentials for policies that support a holistic approach /or Federal Response & Responsibilities

Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN


  • Full-time Students and Medical Residents: $50
  • Individual: $95
  • MHECN Members $75

Student Scholarships available to full-time UMB students.
Scholarships are limited to two students from each of the seven schools, including UMSON students at USG, and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Email by Oct. 2.

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Continuing Education


Accredited Provider with Distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing CenterNurses can receive 5.5 contact hours upon successful completion of this educational activity. Successful completion of this activity for Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) is demonstrated by attending the entire conference, completing the online CE evaluation survey, and filling out the verification of attendance form provided on site. Partial credit is not provided. Participants will receive a CNE certificate via email from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) approximately two to four weeks after submitting the required documentation. All requests must be received within 90 days of the conference.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Institute for Jewish Continuity. The University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The University of Maryland School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers

‌The University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Office of Continuing Professional Education is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for 5.5 Category I continuing education units.


The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This application-based activity (UAN: 0025-0000-16-120-L04-P) is approved for 5.5 CEU of continuing education credit. Statements of credit will be posted to CPE Monitor within three weeks for all participants who successfully complete the activity. Successful completion of this activity requires the attendee’s signature on the sign-in sheet, participation in the entire activity, and completion of an online activity evaluation.

Background Materials and Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

Code of Ethics:

Legal Issues: