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Continuing Education courses about Clinical

Prescription Opioid Misuse, Heroin Use, and Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores prescription opioid misuse, heroin use, maintenance medications, and treatment.  Historical trends have shifted since the 1960’s with a changing demographic of opioid users and increasing prescription opioid misuse. From 1991-2011, US opioid prescriptions nearly tripled.  Methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are effective treatments but highly underutilized.  Access to the opioid antagonist, Naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, is increasing.

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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Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs and Practices (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores strategies and approaches for suicide prevention and includes a discussion of strengthening economic supports, strengthening mental health care, creating protective environments, promoting connectedness, teaching coping, supporting people at risk, and lessening harm.  Comprehensive prevention efforts are identified along with examples of effective programs, practices, and policies.

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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A Review of the Research on Suicide Among Men in the Middle Years (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines current research on suicide among men in the middle years.  Special consideration is given to issues facing men in the criminal justice system, gay, bisexual and transgender men, and veterans.  Risk factors are explored, including issues of mental health, alcohol and drugs, chronic medical conditions, economic factors, and cultural expectations about masculine identity.  Protective factors are discussed as well.

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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Behavioral Health Among College Students (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines substance misuse and behavioral health issues among college students.  Alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, tobacco use, and mental health issues are discussed.  The objective is to increase awareness of important behavioral health issues that college students face during this period of youth, transition, and stress.

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 Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines how early childhood prevention interventions can help reduce substance abuse as well as other mental, emotional, and behavior problems.  The course looks at intervention efforts that aim to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors for young children.  The course offers 7 principles of substance abuse prevention for early childhood.  The first and overarching principle proposes that “intervening early in childhood can alter the life course trajectory in a positive direction.”

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…..


The Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders using the DSM-5 and includes a discussion of panic disorder, agoraphobia, separation anxiety disorder, selective mutism, specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.  Case presentations are given.  The course also explores the following topics:  the DSM-5, the triple vulnerability model, the transdiagnostic model of treatment, motivational enhancement, psychoeducation, self-monitoring, cognitive restructuring, avoidance, exposures, and coping skills.

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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Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores adolescent substance use and the unique treatment needs of teens.  The course provides an overview of the developing adolescent brain and the vulnerabilities that teens face when confronting substance use.  The reading offers 13 Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Treatment and includes Frequently Asked Questions, a discussion of Treatment Settings, and Evidence-Based Approaches to treating adolescent substance use disorders.

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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Grief, Bereavement, and Coping with Loss (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores evidence and practice issues related to grief, bereavement, and loss.  The course examines different types of grief ranging from normal grief to more severe or complicated grief.  Psychosocial and pharmacologic treatment options are offered.  The course also provides a discussion of issues and interventions for grieving children.  Note: This course replaces our previous course, Bereavement, Mourning and Grief.

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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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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