Module 2: The Art and Science of the Conversation

Time to Ask - Education that transforms conversations about alcohol use

Original Release Date:
October 2019

Expiration Date:
October 2023

This webinar in not for credit. A certificate of participation and successful completion will be provided for learners. 

The Art and Science of the Conversation webinar is the second in a series of three learning webinars. It is part of the Time to Ask: Education that transforms conversations about alcohol use blended learning program. Conversations with patients that include alcohol screening and brief intervention have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing at risk drinking and are recognized by leading health care organizations as a public health strategy to reduce alcohol-related problems. This interactive webinar is designed to familiarize the learner with alcohol screening techniques during a patient office visit. The learner will be introduced to six people who struggle with Substance Use Disorder - in these cases the substance is alcohol. The six storylines unfold to showcase a diversity of age, gender, and risk level for substance use disorder. The patients are shown in a range of conversations with their health care provider. The providers are from different professions, each with his or her own expertise and point of view about addiction, recovery, and role in addressing substance use disorders. By recognizing addiction as a chronic disease, and making the commitment to ask each patient about alcohol use, the team members work together to provide patient-centered care. The scenarios address best practices around the patient interview process, responsibilities for seamless care and interprofessional team-based practice.

Target Audience

This program is intended for interprofessional team members within primary care settings in the state of Maine.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Examine how to integrate recommended communication techniques when screening patients for alcohol use. 
2. Explore how utilizing effective communication skills with patients helps in obtaining honest and accurate information about alcohol use. 
3. Identify the value of members of the interprofessional team working together to screen, address, educate and support patients specific to alcohol use.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, and Partners HealthCare System

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Kris Hall
Program Manager for the Interprofessional Education Collaborative at the University of New England and for The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funded SBIRT grant recently awarded to the university.  

Kris Hall, MFA is the Program Manager for the SAMHSA funded SBIRT grant recently awarded to the University of New England (UNE) to provide training and education in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment for Substance Use Disorders to students, faculty, and community partners from eight health professions.  She is also the Program Manager for the Interprofessional Education Collaborative at UNE, working across the university to provide opportunities for health professions students to learn with, from, and about each other.  

She formerly served as Associate Director for Add Verb Productions, promoting performances aimed at bystander intervention in the realms of domestic violence and sexual assault, and eating disorders respectively.  As part of a faculty team, she has given national and international presentations, and published on the Interprofessional Team Immersion at UNE, a developmental, longitudinal, and sustainable curricular resource that was designed in response to student requests for small, interactive, cross-professional learning experiences.  Kris is a graduate of the Maine College of Art, and a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Cathy Plourde
Consultant, Editor, Writer, & Educator

Cathy Plourde is the founder and Program Director of Add Verb Productions and has been presenting theatre for social justice for over 23 years.  Cathy’s experience is as a US-based (Maine) teacher, playwright, and social activist.  She taught high school and began studying theatre as an education and curriculum tool under a National Institute for the Humanities Summer Institute. Her work progressed to creating and directing performance work with various constituencies to address social issues which led to a Master’s Degree in Theatre and Social Change.

Cathy focused her efforts on the history of theatre as a social change agent, feminist theory and criticism, and a reflective study of the community-based theatre projects she was involved with across Maine.  Prior to developing Add Verb, Cathy provided artist residency programming, curriculum and assessment support, and artist training to the Maine Alliance for Arts Education for over 18 years, having licensed and taught in secondary education.  Her early work as an independent artist facilitating theatre workshops and writing commissioned plays for regional girls’ conferences prompted her to write The Thin Line, a play about understanding eating disorders, in 2000.  Her play You the Man has been researched for its long-term efficacy in bystander engagement addressing sexual violence and dating abuse, inspiring a cultural translation for public health in Australia as well as being the impetus for a similarly themed series of videos for health professions and their role in detecting and preventing violence in the lives of patients.  Cathy has presented about her work and using theatre in social justice and education settings nationally and internationally, including workshops for colleges, community action groups, teachers/youth workers and youth in addition to presenting a Ted Talk at Ted x Dirigo.

Modules one and two of this three module learning activity are not for credit.  Module three is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.

Upon successful completion of modules one and two, learners will receive a certificate of participation.  Upon successful completion of module three, learners will receive a CME certificate. 


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