Psychology: Substance Use Disorders: Assessment & Treatment, 1st Edition

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Release Date: March 7, 2018
Expiration Date: January 17, 2023


Alcohol and drug abuse is a major public health concern, affecting every segment of society. Despite recent advancements in understanding addictions, substance abuse remains a significant problem for individuals, families, and communities in the United States and worldwide. This intermediate-level course is intended for social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and psychologists and aims to bring clinicians in varied settings up to date with current trends in use and abuse, and current treatment recommendations.

The course provides information on the scope of substance-related problems in the United States. Clinical vignettes throughout the course illuminate key concepts and treatment strategies. Considerable attention is paid to different screening, assessment, and diagnostic instruments, including the DSM-5. Frameworks for assessing an individual's motivation and the benefits and limitations of different intervention and evidence-based treatment approaches, including detoxification, residential and outpatient treatments, and treatment for comorbidities, and family therapy are all described.

Social Workers completing this course receive 5 clinical social work continuing education credits..

New Jersey Social Workers - Substance Use Disorders: Assessment & Treatment, 1st Edition, Course #2961, 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 5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits.

Psychologists will receive 5 CE credits upon successfully completing this course.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize the scope of substance use problems in the United States.
  • Identify the neurobiologic effects of substances on the human brain.
  • Describe the effect of commonly abused substances on an individual's biopsychosocial functioning.
  • Describe the major theories of addictions and their implications for intervention.
  • Recognize the different screening, assessment, and diagnostic instruments and approaches.
  • Describe the benefits and limitations of different intervention and treatment approaches.
  • Recognize the unique effects of different contexts on substance use disorder.

About the Authors

S. Lala A. Straussner, PhD, LCSW, CEAP, BCD, CAS, is a professor in and former chair of the Practice Area, New York University Silver School of Social Work, and the director of that institution's Post-master's Certificate Program in the Clinical Approaches to the Addictions.

Theodore M. Godlaski, MDiv, CADC, is an associate clinical professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. He teaches courses in psychopathology, substance misuse, intimate violence, and risk management.

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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