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Continuing Education courses about Opioids

The Opioid Crisis and the Hispanic Latino Population:  An Urgent Issue (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines national data and explores the impact of opioid misuse on the Hispanic Latino community.  It includes a discussion of sociocultural factors, such as immigration issues, religion, stigma, and a lack of culturally responsive prevention and treatment.  Strategies to address opioid misuse are given, including an overview of evidence-based treatment recommendations and medication-assisted treatment.

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

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The Opioid Crisis and the Black/African American Population: An Urgent Issue (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course describes the impact of the opioid crisis on the Black/African American community and discusses challenges to prevention, treatment, and recovery.  The course includes national data on opioid misuse and offers an overview of evidence-based treatment practices and key strategies.  Medication-assisted treatment and psychosocial interventions are explored and include a review of methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, and naloxone.

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


Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the use of medication-assisted treatment and offers guidance for improving the care of individuals with OUD who are or who have been in contact with the criminal justice system.  The course looks at best practices for counseling, medication dosage, medication duration, co-occurring mental health disorders, and post-release services.  FDA-approved medications- methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are discussed.

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


Facing Addiction in America: Spotlight on Opioids (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course takes a comprehensive and practical look at opioid misuse, treatment, overdose, and recovery.  The course includes a discussion of the prevalence of opioid misuse and the neurobiology of addiction.  Treatment approaches include a combination of medication-assisted treatment and psychosocial therapies.  FDA-approved OUD medications are discussed.  The reading includes Facing Addiction in America:  The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids.  

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

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Medications for Opioid Use Disorder- Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in General Medical Settings (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines OUD in the general medical setting and offers guidance on screening, assessment, DSM-5 diagnosis, and treatment. Healthcare workers in general medical settings are seeing an increasing number of patients with OUD.  They are often a first contact for patients and the primary providers of ongoing clinical care. The course includes information on drug testing and shared decision-making between patients and providers.

“Effective integration of prevention, treatment, and recovery services across health care systems is key to addressing opioid misuse and its consequences and it represents the most promising way to improve access to and quality of treatment.”  –The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids

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

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Medications for Opioid Use Disorder- Partnering Addiction Treatment Counselors with Clients and Healthcare Professionals (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course consists of Part 4 of SAMHSA’s TIP 63:  Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Partnering Addiction Treatment Counselors with Clients and Healthcare Professionals.  The course offers guidance for counselors who work with OUD, OUD medications, and recovery oriented treatment.  The course examines the neurobiology of OUD, FDA-approved medications, and the role of counseling.  Treatment with methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone is discussed along with benefits, common misconceptions, and concerns.  The course includes guidance for pregnant women and guidance for working with mutual help groups.

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