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Alcoholism and Chemical Substance Abuse Dependency CE Course

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You will need to purchase 1 unit for every 1 hour of coursework to gain access to the certificate of completion.

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 types of substance abuse disorders (SUDs).
  2. Describe at least two effects of substance use disorders (SUDs).
  3. Discuss at least one DSM-5 update regarding substance use disorders (SUDs).
  4. Describe at least two screening and assessment tools for substance use disorders (SUDs).
  5. Explain at least one substance use disorder (SUD) treatment strategy.
  6. Describe at least two warning signs for substance use disorders (SUDs).
  7. Identify at least two at risk populations for substance use disorders (SUDs).
  8. Explain at least two strategies for working with clients with co-occurring disorders (CODs).
  9. Describe at least one substance use disorder (SUD) treatment strategy for adolescents.
  10. Discuss at least one way in which culture impacts substance use disorder (SUD) treatment.
  11. Describe at least one culturally competent practice in treating substance use disorders (SUDs).
  12. Explain at least two Brief Strategic Family Treatment strategies for adolescent substance use disorders (SUDs).
  13. Discuss at least one way in which trauma can be connected to substance use disorders (SUDs).
  14. Describe at least one type of substance use disorder (SUD) group.
  15. Discuss at least two substance use disorder (SUD) referrals.

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. Introduction
  2. DSM-5 Diagnostic Summary
  3. Types of Substance Abuse
  4. Screening and Assessment for Substance Use Disorders
    1. Warning Signs and Risk Factors
    2. Factors To Consider in Selecting a Screening Instrument
    3. Screening Instruments
    4. Screening Techniques
  5. Substance Abuse Intervention and Treatment
    1. Interventions
    2. Treatment Models and Approaches
  6. Co-Occurring Disorders
  7. Strategies for Working with Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders
  8. Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment
  9. Engaging Adolescents in Treatment
  10. Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse
  11. Group Therapy in Substance Use Treatment
  12. Resources
  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.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.


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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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  • Louisiana
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  • Maryland
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