Module 1: Alcohol Use in Everyday Life

Time to Ask

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 “Alcohol Use in Everyday Life” webinar is the first 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. Alcohol screening and brief intervention has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing at risk drinking and recognized as a public health strategy to reduce alcohol-related problems, by leading health care organizations. This webinar provides the learner with background information on: unhealthy alcohol use as a serious and costly public health issue impacting individuals and families across all ages, the criteria for determining At Risk Drinking and Alcohol Use Disorder and the importance of reframing the language of substance use and also incorporates a public health framework of prevention, intervention and evaluation. The webinar explains how a model for interprofessional education and team-based practice will advance alcohol screening and care for patients in primary care settings.

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. Summarize the benefits and value of engaging in meaningful conversations about alcohol use, for both patients and for primary care practices. 
2. Appreciate the words and approaches the health care team uses to discuss substance use can promote stigma and create a barrier to care. 
3. Explore implementing a model for interprofessional team based practice that will integrate alcohol screening, brief intervention and treatment into primary care practice.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

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

Course summary
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Dawn Williamson, RN, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP
Addiction Specialist, Emergency Department, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dawn Williamson is an Advanced Practice Nurse for Addictions Consultation in the Emergency Department at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. Williamson responds to the treatment needs of both individuals and families with addiction and mental health issues in the emergency setting. As part of her responsibilities, she provides training and supervision of the clinical staff, develops and implements policies relating to patient care, and provides assistance with establishing treatment plans.

She received a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Regis College with a concentration in nursing leadership. She obtained a Masters in Science in Adult Mental Health Nursing from Northeastern University and a BSN from the University of Massachusetts. Dawn is Board Certified as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She is also a Certified Advanced Practice Addictions Registered Nurse. With thirty years of nursing experience she has practiced in both outpatient and hospital settings prior to coming to The Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr Williamson has served as a preceptor to nurse practitioner students from the Institute of Health Professions, Vanderbilt University and Regis College of Nursing. She is one of two Advanced Practice Nurses appointed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to a medical review group informing the policy and development of the State Prescription Monitoring Program.

Dr. Williamson is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and helped author position statements for the association on Medical Evaluation of Psychiatric Patients and on Substance Use and the Emergency Care Setting. She is also an active member of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. She has given numerous presentations on addiction and mental health treatment. She authored the chapter on alcohol intoxication and withdrawal states for Sheehy’s Manual of Emergency Care, as well as, the module on substance use disorders for Mosby’s eLearning course, Handling Psychiatric Emergencies.

Carole MacKenzie, M.Ed., BSN, RN-BC
Professional Development Specialist, Lunder Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine/Massachusetts General Hospital 

Carole MacKenzie is the Professional Development Specialist for the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine. She brings to her role knowledge and skill sets from leadership positions across the continuum of care, including roles in academic medical center, community hospital, school health and public health settings. Prior to her appointment with Lunder Dineen, she was the Director of Nursing Professional and Practice Development at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Director of School Health Services for the Needham Public Schools.

Carole has broad experience in developing and implementing professional development programs for nursing and interprofessional staff, continuous quality improvement processes, and academic and community-based partnerships to advance health and educational initiatives. Patient and family-centered care and interprofessional collaborative practice are two of her areas of study and focus.

Carole is Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  She is a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) and has been a presenter at the 2016 and 2017 ANPD National Conventions.   Carole was selected to be a Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Nursing Fellow for 2017.  She developed and presented a Clinical Instruction Training Program for Nursing Faculty, Master Degree Nursing Students and Clinical Nurses at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda. She holds a Nursing Diploma, a Bachelor Degree in Nursing and a Master in Education Degree.

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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Required Hardware/software

Hardware/Software Specifications:
This internet-based CME activity is best experienced with Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox 27 or later, Chrome 22 or later, Safari 9 or later

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Optimal System Configuration: 
Flash Player: latest version of Adobe Flash
Browser: latest Firefox, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, latest Safari, or latest Google Chrome
Operating System: Windows 7,8,10 or Mac OS X 10.9+
Mac OS X prior to 10.9 with Firefox 27+

Microsoft Vista with Firefox 27+ or Chrome 22+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements: 
Windows PC: 
Windows Vista or later
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

Video Card at least 128MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; latest Macromedia Flash Player, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

Internet Explorer 11 (requires Windows 7+), Microsoft Edge (requires Windows 10), Google Chrome 22, Firefox 27

Mac OS X v10.6 or later
Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
512MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory
Sound Card: at least 16-bit
Safari 9 (requires Mac OS X v10.9), Mozilla Firefox 27