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Baptist Health Paducah addiction symposium features KASPER director

Nationally-known experts on addiction and compulsive behaviors, including the KASPER manager of Kentucky’s drug reporting system, will speak at a symposium for healthcare professionals and educators Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Baptist Heart Center Auditorium.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with registration at 7:30 a.m. The fee is $30, including lunch. Space is limited, so register by Oct. 25 by phoning (270) 575-2723.

Invited are physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, substance abuse counselors, licensed social workers, pharmacists and clergy. Teachers and school counselors also are encouraged to attend. Continuing Medical Education credit hours are available for several professions.

This is the sixth year for the symposium, moderated by Patrick Withrow, M.D., retired cardiologist and former chief medical officer of Baptist Health Paducah.

 Topics and presenters include:

  • “KASPER,” by David R. Hopkins, program manager of KASPER (Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting) system within the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. He is responsible for KASPER training, managing the federal Prescription Drug Monitoring grants that support the program and for analysis and research of KASPER data.
  • “Chemical Dependency in the Older Adult Patient,” by Terry L. Alley, M.D., medical director of the Health Care Professionals Program at Cumberland Heights in Nashville. He has limited his practice to addiction medicine since 1985.
  • “Families…Enablers or Supporters” by Tennie McCarty, founder and CEO of Shades of Hope, a treatment center for multiple addictions, including eating disorders, alcoholism, chemical dependency, sexual addiction, self-injury histories and co-dependency, in Buffalo Gap, Texas. She was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s program, “Addicted to Food.”
  • “The Adolescent Brain: Alcohol, Tobacco and OTC Drug Use,” by Brian Fingerson, Pharm.D., adjunct assistant professor at the University of Kentucky Colleges of Pharmacy and Dentistry, Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and others. He is president of Kentucky Professional Recovery Network, a company formed to educate health care professionals about chemical dependency.
  • “Experiential Somatic Therapy: A Model of Treating Process Addiction and Related Trauma,” by Kent D. Fisher and Michelle Rappaport. Fisher holds a master’s degree in substance abuse counseling from the University of Louisiana and has more than 20 years’ experience in treating addiction, trauma, codependency and related disorders. Rappaport holds a master’s degree in substance abuse counseling from University of Louisiana at Monroe and has more than 20 years’ experience in the addiction/mental health field.