Behavioral Health Among College Students (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines substance misuse and behavioral health issues among college students.  Alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, tobacco use, and mental health issues are discussed.  The objective is to increase awareness of important behavioral health issues that college students face during this period of youth, transition, and stress.

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

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Publisher:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to behavioral health among college students.

Learning Objectives:  Describe ‘transitional stress.’  Identify campus policies for reducing access to alcohol.  Describe ‘social norms’ and students’ perceptions about alcohol use.  Describe a typical student who might misuse Adderall.  Identify common risk factors for suicide among undergraduate and graduate student populations.

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1: For questions 1-3, please refer to the Overview and Discussion.  The most prominent feature of college substance misuse is
2: Parents may influence students' substance use by
3: In 2015 one in _________ full-time college students aged 18 to 22 met the criteria for past-year substance use disorder.
4: For questions 4-13, please refer to Alcohol Use, Misuse, and Underage Drinking.  Among the 18-to-22-year-old college-age group, _________ of full-time students reported binge-drinking.
5: In 2014, the American College Health Association's National College Health Assessment showed that ___________ of college students had never used alcohol.
6: Many students believe that alcohol and other substance use among peers is ___________ than it really is.
7: Drinking rates are highest among
8: Research shows that less than ___________ of the heaviest drinking students sought help for their drinking
9: Analysis of data from the SAMHSA 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that among young adults between the ages of 18 and 22, ________________ were more likely to drink, binge drink, and drink heavily.
10: Available data point to substantially __________ rates of alcohol consumption and binge drinking among LGBT teens.
11: The _________ youth use alcohol excessively, the more at risk they become in their college years.
12: The Amethyst Initiative is an attempt by some college and university presidents to start a dialogue over whether the drinking age should be
13: In most European countries, young people have __________ intoxication rates than in the United States.
14: For questions 14-19, please refer to Alcohol Access, Availability and Norms.  Research shows that full-time college students spend ____________ hours per week on academic activity.
15: Which of the following is an example of a campus policy to reduce access to alcohol?
16: The main feature of RBS (responsible beverage service) programs is to
17: Which of the following is an example of a social norms program?
18: In an effort to alter the environment for alcohol use among first-year students, which of the following measures is not recommended?
19: Activities such as altering expectations about alcohol's effects, documenting daily alcohol consumption, and learning to manage stress are examples of:
20: For questions 20-25, please refer to Illicit Drug Use and Nonmedical Use of Medications.  In 2015, more college students used ________________ than any other illicit drug.
21: Which of the following does not describe nonmedical use of prescription drugs among college students?
22: Misuse of prescription stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, and Dexadrine are common among college students who are
23: Which of the following does not describe Adderall?
24: For all types of use, college students appear to use OTC medications at a ___________ rate than the general public.
25: College students who use substances at levels consistent with substance misuse or dependence misperceive others' alcohol and marijuana use to a ___________ extent than students with lower levels of use.
26: For questions 26-29, please refer to Behavioral Health Among College Students Information and Resource Kit.  College students use a ___________ range of criteria to define who is a smoker.
27: Identity as a nonsmoker may reflect
28: One study found cigarette smoking to be less common among those who were
29: Oregon State University is using a _______________ process to become smoke-free.
30: For questions 30-37, please refer to Mental Health Issues.  According to a 2016 American College Health Association survey, __________ of students reported feeling so depressed within the last 12 months that it was difficulty to function.
31: ____________ college students are much more likely to report any mental illness.
32: A 2014 survey of college counseling directors showed that _______________ of enrolled students sought counseling in the past year.
33: Students with serious psychological disorders made up _____________ of students who came to college counseling centers according to a 2014 survey.
34: A variety of studies show that ethnic minority college students may
35: Which of the following are more likely to have access to licensed clinicians?
36: According to a report from the SAMHSA-supported Suicide Prevention Resource Center, who is at greatest risk of suicide?
37: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center cites studies finding that young gay and bisexual males are ____________ more likely to report a suicide attempt than straight males in their age group.

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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 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.