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Continuing Education courses about Addiction

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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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…..


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…..


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…..


Research Report Series: Cocaine, Inhalants, Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the latest research on cocaine, inhalants, hallucinogens and dissociative drugs.  The course covers issues of scope, changes to the brain, and short and long term effects of drug use.  The course consists of 3 separate readings from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Research Report Series.

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…..


Parental Substance Use and the Child Welfare System (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the impact of parental substance use on children and families and explores strategies for child welfare services.

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…..


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…..


Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This courses examines the serious public health problem of prescription drug abuse.  It includes a discussion of commonly abused drugs, trends and risk factors, and treating prescription drug addiction.

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…..


Drug Abuse and HIV (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the relationship between HIV and drug abuse, exploring how drug abuse contributes to HIV transmission, which populations are most at risk for HIV, and treatment efforts.

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…..


Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders (6 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This course offers guidance for professionals working with families affected by substance use and explores the relationship between substance use disorders and child protection.  It includes a discussion of addiction, the impact on children, home visits, screening, and treatment.

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

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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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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior; The Science of Addiction (2 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This course looks at the science of addiction and how drugs can change the brain, the structure of the brain, and behavior.

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

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