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Continuing Education courses about Clinical

Substance Use and Suicide: A Nexus Requiring a Public Health Approach (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the association between substance use and suicide and how substance misuse affects suicidal behavior.  The course identifies at-risk populations, shared risk factors, shared protective factors, warning signs, and the need for collaborative efforts across mental health and substance use fields.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  

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Community Report on Autism (3 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the 2016 Community Report on Autism from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.  The course highlights the ADDM’s most recent scientific findings on autism spectrum disorder and includes a discussion of screening, diagnosis, signs, symptoms, risk factors, and prevalence.  The course also includes personal stories from people living with ASD and a discussion of important developmental milestones.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  

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Lewy Body Dementia (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores Lewy body dementia, a common and disabling brain disorder that affects one’s ability to think and move.  The course describes causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Introductions to Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive -Compulsive Disorder with Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores two mental disorders:  Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  For each disorder, the course provides an overview of symptoms, diagnosis, screening, evidence-based treatments, and recovery.  In addition, the course identifies special considerations for co-occurring substance use disorders.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

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Facing Addiction in America (7 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course takes a comprehensive look at substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery.  The course includes a discussion of the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder (DSM-5), the affects of substance use on the brain, risk factors and protective factors, evidence-based treatment and prevention interventions, the substance use care continuum, strategies to reduce harm, and recovery. The reading includes Chapters 1-5 from Facing Addiction in America:  The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Addiction, and Health.  

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  
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Gambling Problems: An Introduction for Behavioral Health Services Providers (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course offers an introduction to gambling disorder and includes a discussion of symptoms, DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, and treatment factors.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


An Introduction to Co-Occurring Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorders (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course offers an introduction to co-occurring borderline personality disorder and substance use disorders and  includes a discussion of symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and treatment factors.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  There are no pre-requisites for this course. Read the complete description of this course…..


Adults with ADHD and Substance Use Disorders (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and substance use disorders in adults.  The course includes a discussion of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, stimulant misuse, ADHD screening tools, and treatment options.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Substance Use in Women (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the ways in which women may differ from men in how they use drugs, respond to drugs, and respond to treatment.   The course looks at sex and gender differences related to the use of marijuana, stimulants, MDMA, heroin, prescription drugs, alcohol, and nicotine.   Research on substance use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding is also included.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Child Welfare Practice With Families Affected by Parental Incarceration (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores how parental incarceration affects children, parents, and caregivers and offers resources for professional practice.  Issues of visitation, case planning, and reunification are discussed.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Common Mental Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment (4 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the diagnosis and treatment of common mental disorders including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Schizophrenia.  Signs and symptoms, diagnosis, risk factors, medication, and treatments are explored.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment and Frequently Asked Questions (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course outlines 13 principles of effective substance use treatment and discusses frequently asked questions.  The reading explores a variety of treatment issues including the components of drug abuse treatment, a comparison of relapse rates, and the unique needs of special populations.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Autism Spectrum Disorder: Causes, Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder including causes, early signs and symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment.  This course references the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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Depression: Causes, Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course provides an overview of depressive disorders, including symptoms, treatment modalities, ways that different populations experience depression, the prevalence of depression and personal recovery stories.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Therapeutic Communities (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores therapeutic communities and the ‘community as method’ approach to treatment for substance use disorders.  The course describes the fundamental components of a therapeutic community, the three treatment stages, and the needs of special populations.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores brain development and the impact of early experiences on a child’s growing brain.  The course describes how maltreatment can alter development and describes such major effects as persistent fear response, hyperarousal, increased internalizing symptoms, diminished executive functioning, and delayed developmental milestones.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.

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Bipolar Disorder (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course provides an introduction to bipolar disorder and includes an overview of symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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Marijuana Abuse (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores marijuana abuse and its affects on the brain and the body.  Acute, persistent, and long-term consequences are discussed, along with available treatments.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


The New DSM 5: Highlights of Changes from the DSM IV-TR to the DSM-5 (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was published in May, 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association, replacing the previous manual, the DSM-IV-TR.  This course seeks to highlight significant changes between the DSM IV-TR and the DSM-5.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Borderline Personality Disorder (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course provides an introduction to borderline personality disorder and includes an overview of who is affected along with symptoms and treatment options.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Illnesses (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary: This research report focuses on the comorbidity of drug use disorders and other mental illnesses.  It explores ‘shared vulnerability’, common factors, and treatment.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.

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Schizophrenia (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary: This course provides an introduction to schizophrenia and includes an overview of symptoms, causes, and treatment options.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for National Certified Counselors.

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Mental Health Medications (2 Credit Hours)

Program summary: This article provides an overview of mental health medications used to treat schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADHD.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (2 Credit Hours)

Program summary: This course consists of 2 readings.  The first reading provides an overview of ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults.  The second takes a look at how ADHD affects adults in the workplace.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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