Influencing Systems: Advocacy for People Impacted with Substance Use Disorders

Thursday, Jul 25, 2024 12 pm to 1 pm


Training Sessions


Substance use disorders, and the current overdose epidemic, have a powerful impact on individuals, groups, communities, and our larger state and national systems. Adopting a compassionate, recovery-oriented culture, individually, among provider networks, and in regulation and policy, is critical to reducing stigma and improving access to prevention, low/no-barrier services, and recovery opportunities.

In this workshop, we will hear from experts in advocacy and system change. We will explore assisting individuals with self-advocacy, as navigating substance use disorder services and related systems can be daunting, especially during a vulnerable time in a person’s recovery. At the same time, building these skills of self-advocacy is protective and healing. Additionally, we will describe how stigma, challenges with resources, managing change, and addressing competing demands all necessitate skills for advocacy at the organizational, state, and national level, and how this can be done effectively.


  • Be able to cite at least one strategy for advocacy and self-advocacy at the micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice.
  • Be able to describe the benefits of lived experience within advocacy efforts.
  • Be able to outline at least one change in substance use disorder care shaped by advocacy.
  • Be able to define at least three trends to consider in current advocacy efforts.



The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


A maximum of 1.0 nursing contact hours will be awarded. Participants will be able to claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the program.


As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credits.

Psychologist (APA)

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

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