Professionals in Residence (PIR) Program

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We're Facing a National Health Emergency

46 million Americans are confronting addiction right now. Hundreds of thousands die each year to drug overdose and complications from alcohol consumption. And the terrible cost, the cost of addiction, is seen and felt across our health systems, our communities and among good people and their precious loved ones. 

Fast Facts:

  • Substance use is the third leading cause of death1 in the nation.
  • Drug overdoses (#1 cause of accidental deaths2) are responsible for more deaths than breast cancer, gun violence and car accidents combined. 
  • But only one in four physicians3 ever receives training on addiction and recovery. 

Are You in a Position to Help?

Take the initiative and learn everything you can about addiction and recovery during our Professionals in Residence program — a once-in-a-lifetime clinical/learning experience with the doctors, patients and counseling professionals at Hazelden Betty Ford, the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of addiction and mental health treatment.

Earn up to 20 CE/CMEs

An Education That Protects and Saves Lives

This unique program blends several different learning formats, including:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Clinical observation
  • Integration into patient life

You'll come to completely understand the science of addiction and the spirit of recovery. And you'll be able to identify the disease and all signs that point to its arrival—instead promoting healthy change, and potentially sparing your patients from the problem at the start.

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A Curriculum for Helping and Healing

Whether you are a health care provider, mental health clinician, social worker, criminal justice professional, school counselor or other caring professional, Professionals in Residence empowers you to become an effective advocate for those who need help. Typical lecture topics include:

Program Location and Dates


March 6-9
April 3-6
May 8-11
June 12-15
July 10-13
August 21-24
September 11-14
October 23-26
November 6-9

Space is limited. Register before all spots are full.

Continuing Education and Program Cost

Fees for PIR vary based on the length of the program and CME/CE credits awarded.

CMEs are awarded based upon the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit which ensures PIR meets CME requirements established by hospital credentialing bodies, state medical boards, medical specialty certifying boards, medical specialty societies, Joint Commission and other organizations.

20 CME 4 Days $3,000
16 CME 3 Days $2,250

The PIR program qualifies for CE credits for behavioral and mental health licensing requirements in most states. We can work with you to determine specific eligibility.

20 CME 4 Days $3,000
16 CME 3 Days $2,250

* Participant must attend all scheduled activities to receive CE or CME Credits

What Participants Have to Say


Caring for the Whole Person – Meet Karen Antwiler, MD

Understanding What It Takes – Meet Jeremiah Fairbanks, DO

The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, provider #1487, 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 as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period:11/22/2020-11/22/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 20 continuing education credits.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0529.  The Graduate School is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Graduate School maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. The Graduate School is an NBCC approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP # 6547, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  The Graduate School is approved to provide continuing education by CAADE Provider # CP20 975 C 0325, CCAPP Provider Number 1N-88-860-1123, CADTP provider # 125, and CA BRN CEP 16722. 

Participants are required to keep their certificate for a minimum of six years. For information about this continuing education program, please contact the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, P.O. Box 11 CO9, Center City, Minnesota 55012, 1-651-213-4538.

CME/NHA: The Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center designates this live stream activity for a maximum of (twenty(20) credits) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner: Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center designates this live stream activity for Non-Physician confirmed attendance for a maximum of (twenty (20) credits) AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™.