Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course examines substance misuse prevention for young adults.  Using a socio-ecological model, the course examines the multiple individual, relationship, community, and societal factors contributing to substance use among young adults.   The course reviews risk and protective factors, vulnerable population groups, and effects on the developing brain.  Evidence-based prevention practices, programs, and policies are discussed.

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

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Course Reading:  Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults; Chapters 1-3

Publisher:  SAMHSA

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by exploring substance use prevention for young adults.

Learning Objectives:  Identify risk and protective factors for substance misuse among young adults.  Describe vulnerable populations.  Give an example of an evidence-based prevention practice, policy, or program.

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1: Chapter 1// Youth transitioning into adulthood have some of the ________ rates of alcohol and substance misuse.
2: In 2018, an estimated ___________ percent of young adults aged 18 to 25 were binge drinkers in the past month.
3: Young adults are more likely than other age groups to think that substance use
4: Demographic groups with higher rates of substance use during emerging adulthood include all of the following except:
5: Daily marijuana use continues to rise for
6: One explanation for increased risk of substance misuse among young adults relates to the frontal lobe developing before the limbic areas of the brain.
7: Which of the following is an example of a societal risk factor?
8: People with some risk factors have a greater chance of experiencing
9: A meta-analysis based on studies of adolescents found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth were ____________ more likely to use substances than heterosexual youth.
10: Overall, people's perception of marijuana harm has
11: Until the age of __________, the human brain is still developing.
12: This part of the brain is the last part of the brain to mature in humans, and fully matures in the mid-20s.
13: Chapter 2//  Which of the following take the broadest approach and are designed to reach all individuals?
14: Which of the following target individuals who show signs of being at risk for a SUD?
15: Chapter 3//  Which of the following is a family-centered intervention designed to promote resilience and prevent substance use by enhancing protective factors for African American youth as they enter adulthood?
16: Alcohol tax policy is based on the premise that as the price of alcohol increases, the demand for alcohol will
17: Which is a harm reduction program for college students who drink alcohol heavily and have experienced or are at risk for alcohol-related problems.

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.