Continuing Education Program in Nashville, TN - "Methadone Treatment, Pregnancy and Legal Issues: What the Experts have to Say"

September 03, 2010

Vanderbilt University Law School, Vanderbilt School of Nursing, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Behavioral Health Group and the Middle Tennessee Methadone Treatment Center of Nashville, TN present…

Methadone Treatment, Pregnancy and Legal Issues: What the Experts Have to Say

Friday, September 24
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Vanderbilt University Law School
Flynn Auditorium, 131 21st Avenue

People working in the field of criminal law, family law, and child welfare sometimes have cases that involve issues of drug use and drug treatment. These lawyers, social workers, counselors, advocates and investigators, however, are often trying to do their jobs without the benefit of evidence-based research or access to experts knowledgeable about drugs, drug treatment, and the relationship between drug use, pregnancy and parenting. Methadone Treatment, Pregnancy and Legal Issues: What the Experts have to Say will provide a unique opportunity to meet and learn from experts. Register at: ttp:// Experts will address such questions as;

How does methadone treatment work?
How does methadone treatment affect pregnant women and babies?
What is addiction?
Is there a difference between drug use and drug addiction?
How does methadone treatment differ from other forms of treatment?
Does methadone treatment affect parenting ability?
Does methadone treatment work?

The event will include:
- Discussion of stereotypes, treatment goals, barriers to recovery and risk factors for pregnant women and service providers
- Evidence-based responses to the issue of maternal methadone maintenance treatment during pregnancy
- Approaches that advance maternal and child health within the context of the legal system


Karen D’Apolito, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, Director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing,
Robert Newman, MD, MPH, Director of The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Chemical Dependency Institute of Beth Israel Medical Center,
Deborah Barton, MD, Medical Director, Behavioral Health Group,
Kathrine Jack, JD, Staff Attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Debbie Crowley, Tennessee Regional Manager, Behavioral Health Group

Continuing Education Units are available for social workers and

Registration Required: Space is limited and expected to fill quickly.
Please pre-register:
Questions: Contact Natalye Tate

Download a PDF of the event flier here.