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Alcoholism and Chemical Substance Abuse Dependency CE Course

$ – For pricing details, see our Pricing page.

You will need to purchase 1 unit for every 1 hour of coursework.

You will receive a certificate of completion after passing the exam, completing the course evaluation, and purchasing the appropriate number of units.  The certificate of completion will then be accessible on your myCourses page in the Your Course History section under the tab “Aspira Courses I’ve Passed”.  There will be a “Download” button under the “Certificate” column that you will be able to click on to pull up your certificate once all requirements listed above have been met.

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Alcoholism and Chemical Substance Abuse Dependency CE Course – Online CE Course

Alcoholism and Chemical Substance Abuse Dependency CE Course Objectives and Outline:

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify at least two relevant clinical and statistical facts regarding substance abuse DSM criteria, types of abuse, demographic characteristics, treatment, and outcomes.
  2. Describe at least three effects of substance abuse.
  3. Identify at least two medical aspects of alcohol abuse/dependence and other types of chemical dependency.
  4. Explain at least one current theory of the etiology of substance abuse.
  5. Describe the role of persons and systems that support or compound abuse.
  6. Explain at least two major treatment approaches to alcohol and chemical dependency.
  7. Describe at least two legal aspects and or implications of substance abuse.
  8. Identify at least two at risk populations for substance abuse.
  9. Identify at least two community resources offering assessment, treatment and follow-up for those impacted by substance abuse.
  10. Describe the process of substance abuse referral.
  11. Explain at least one way in which substance abuse impacts sexually transmitted diseases.
  12. Explain at least one way in which substance abuse impacts AIDS.
  13. Explain at least one way in which substance abuse impacts domestic violence.
  14. Explain at least one way in which substance abuse impacts child abuse.

In addition to the course objectives listed above, this course addresses the following content areas related to alcoholism and chemical substance abuse dependency:

  • Counseling theory and practice
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Assessment
  • Professional practice issues
  • Wellness and prevention
  • Human growth and development

Course Outline:

  1. DSM-5 Diagnostic Summary
  2. Types of Substance Abuse
  3. Substance Abuse Treatment and Outcomes
  4. Substance Abuse Treatment for Clinicians
  5. Engaging Adolescents in Treatment
  6. Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse
  7. Making the Connection: Trauma and Substance Abuse
  8. Strategies for Working with Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders
  9. HIV and Substance Abuse
  10. Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Substance Abuse
  11. Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
  12. Child Abuse and Substance Abuse
  13. References

Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd

Author: Nicole Hiltibran, MA LMFT – SAMHSA

Nicole Hiltibran, MA LMFT has been in practice for over 20 years (for more details on Nicole Hiltibran’s credentials view our Principals page).  She wrote and compiled the information contained in this course from documents produced by SAMHSA.


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Alcoholism and Chemical Substance Abuse Dependency CE Course:  LPC, CCAPP, board approved, MFT, Social Workers, asw, nurses ce/ceus, online ce/ceus, ce for MFTs, ce courses for counselors, Social Worker CE, continuing education units for LPCs, MHC ce/ceus, LCSW, ASW and MFT Intern ce/ceus, Board approved c/ceeus in many states, national board approval ce/ceus, alcohol and drug abuse counselor ce/ceus.  See chart below for your state and license.

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  • Guam
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  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
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  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
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  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
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  • Indiana
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  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
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  • Washington, DC
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  • Colorado
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  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Alabama
  • California