Psychology: Counseling Adolescents With Substance Use Disorders, Updated 1st Edition

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About Course

Release Date: August 19, 2014
Revision Date: January 24, 2017 By: Lori K. Holleran Steiker, PHD, CISW, ACSW
Revision Notes: References were updated. Course content reviewed to ensure content was current and relevant.
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020

Life transitions such as adolescence are key risk periods for substance abuse. Therefore, substance use assessment and intervention are particularly critical for adolescents. Substance abuse counseling of adolescents is different from that of adults given adolescents' different developmental stages and environments. In addition, the trends of adolescent substance abuse change according to the geographic region, cultural influences, and availability of substances. Participants will learn about evidence-based screening tools that are recommended for use with adolescents who may be using substances.

The course presents a treatment plan development process that is commonly used in outpatient clinics. Counseling approaches must consider the physical, mental, emotional, social, cultural, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of the adolescent. The course explains the continuum of care for substance-abusing youth, including prevention, outreach, therapeutic communities, and halfway houses. This basic-level course is intended for social workers, mental health counselors, substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses who work with youth populations.

Social Workers completing this course receive 2 clinical social work continuing education credits.

New Jersey Social Workers - Counseling Adolescents With Substance Use Disorders, Updated 1st Edition, Course #2954, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Elite Professional Education, LLC. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 03/17/2020 - 03/17/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 Clinical Practice continuing education credits.

Course Objectives

Psychologists will receive 2 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

  • Describe developmental and contextual considerations critical to treating adolescents who abuse substances.
  • Identify pertinent assessment data and mechanisms for gathering such data.
  • Explain the most effective modes of intervention for adolescents with substance use disorders.
  • Discuss documenting individualized treatment plans for adolescents with substance use disorders.

About the Author

Lori K. Holleran Steiker, PhD, CISW, ACSW, an addictions therapist for more than 12 years, is currently an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. During her doctoral program at Arizona State University in Tempe, she transitioned to research on adolescent substance abuse and prevention. She helped design and evaluate the model Drug Resistance Strategies Project's "Keepin" It REAL" curriculum and is currently working on a study of culturally grounded adaptations of that curriculum for high risk youth in community settings.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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