Substance-related disorders are complex, often misunderstood, and highly stigmatized. This course is designed to provide a brief clinical introduction to substance-related disorders as detailed in the DSM-5. The overall goal is to improve practitioners’ competency and skill in providing services to individuals, families, and communities struggling with substance-related disorders. The topics are specific to the United States and include a historical perspective on addiction, the most commonly used nonprescription substances, some of the current substance-related policies and practices, changes to substance-related disorders in the DSM-5, the importance of comprehensive screening and assessment tools, key strategies in effective treatment, and the continuum of integrated treatment. The stigma and discrimination experienced by those who have an addiction are also briefly discussed. To complete the course, participants read online content, view several short web-based video clips, access web-based documents, and must pass the online posttest with a score of 80% or better to print a certificate of completion.
California Pre-license Requirement: This and several other related modules can be used to meet the 15-hour pre-license requirement for coursework in alcohol and substance abuse for California licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) licenses.
Continuing Education: This module can be taken alone or in combination with any other substance-related modules as continuing education (CE) for licensed therapists and social workers nationwide.
After completing this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify the concept of addiction in US historical, social, and cultural contexts.
- Identify commonly held beliefs about substance-related disorders that can lead to stigma and discrimination and can impact policies and treatment approaches.
- Identify the most commonly used nonprescription substances in the US.
- Identify several controversial substance-related policies and practices in the US.
- Identify the DSM-5’s changes to substance-related disorders and criteria.
- Identify considerations and strategies related to screening and assessment of substance abuse, along with several assessment tools.
- Identify key strategies in effective treatment of substance abuse, along with the components of integrated care.
- Identify special considerations in working with specific high-risk populations, such as homeless adults and teens, and individuals with co-occurring disorders.