Archive for February, 2018

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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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 and intermediate 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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World Religions and Their Ethical Decisions on Withdrawing Treatment and Determining Death (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course compares religious perspectives on death and end of life decisions.  The course explores Judaism, Christianity, Islam, indigenous faiths, Hinduism, and Buddhism and compares their ethical frameworks for end of life determinations.  Differences between Western traditions, Eastern traditions, and indigenous faith systems are examined.  The course offers clinicians an opportunity to increase competence and proficiency when working with different religious traditions in end of life care.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC ethics credit.
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