Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course offers an overview of stimulant use disorders and includes a discussion of adverse effects.  Four evidence-based treatment approaches are identified, including motivational interviewing, contingency management, the community reinforcement approach, and cognitive behavioral therapy.  Common clinical issues are explored, and examples of treatment programs are given.

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:  Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders

Publisher:  SAMHSA

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by exploring stimulant use disorders.

Learning Objectives:  Identify criteria for the diagnosis of stimulant use disorder.  Give an example of an evidence-based treatment for stimulant use disorder.  Describe common clinical issues when treating stimulant use disorders.

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1: Chapter 1//  Diagnosis of a stimulant disorder is based on the occurrence of at least two criteria within a __________ period.
2: Cocaine misuse is highest among adults aged
3: Stimulant use can cause
4: Overall, stimulant-related deaths in 2018 accounted for roughly _________ of all overdose deaths in the US.
5: Chapter 2//  Which of the following is a treatment approach that helps individuals overcome ambivalent feelings and insecurities?
6: Which of the following is a type of behavioral therapy grounded in the principles of operant conditioning?
7: Which practice helps train people with stimulant use disorders to evaluate faulty patterns of thinking, actions, and negative feelings associated with their drug use?
8: Chapter 3//  Which of the following are common clinical issues to consider when treating stimulant use disorders?
9: Methamphetamine use increases chance of violent behavior.
10: Which of the following is more complex to administer and often delivered by clinically trained professionals?
11: Whenever possible, ____________ of stimulant use disorder treatment with primary care and other services allows for improved coordination between physical and mental health care.
12: Culturally adapted health interventions are _________ effective than usual care.
13: Chapter 4//  The HPHP primary care facility provides _____________ as an optional component of the Medication-Assisted Treatment Program.
14: Chapter 5//  Which type of evaluation asks 'Was the program effective in achieving its ultimate goals?'
15: Which type of evaluation is typically conducted during practice implementation?
16: One benefit of __________ research is that it enables program managers, clinicians, and providers to learn from clients and to obtain the perspective of those with lived experiences.

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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.