Psychology: Substance Use in Different Populations and Contexts

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About Course

Release Date: May 1, 2018
Expiration Date: May 1, 2023

Alcohol and drug abuse is a major public health concern, affecting every segment of society. It needs to be considered within the context of problematic use of a variety of chemical substances. This intermediate-level course discusses the scope of substance-related problems in the US and the unique needs of various populations affected by substance use disorders including the effects of gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, co-occurring disorders, disabilities, and chronic pain conditions. The course also discusses substance use among military veterans, and incarcerated and homeless populations.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with course Substance Use Disorders.

Social Workers participating in this course will receive 2 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. 

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

Course Objectives

  • Describe the scope of substance use problems in the United States.
  • Recognize the unique effects of gender, sexual identity and expression, and age on substance use disorder.
  • Explain the unique effects of co-occurring mental health disorders, disabilities, and chronic pain conditions on substance use disorder.
  • Describe the unique effects of veteran status, incarceration, and homelessness 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. She has authored numerous publications applying research findings to clinical practice.

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. He is also a senior area editor for the journal Substance Use and Misuse, and has been an editor on two special issues of that journal, one on client engagement and the other on substance use and aggression.

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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