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  • Social Work
  • Psychology
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Lori K. Holleran Steiker, PhD, CISW, ACSW
Peer Reviewer(s): Kelly Cue Davis, PhD
Item#: B4174
Contents: 1 Course Book (44 pages)

Counseling Adolescents With Substance Use Disorders, Updated 1st Edition

Price $19.95
Item # B4174
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: January 24, 2017

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’ distinctively 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. Group work is particularly effective with adolescents because of peer group influences; the inclusion of 12-step models and groups modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is useful. The course describes other treatment approaches including abstinence versus harm reduction, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and family therapy. The course explains the continuum of care for substance-abusing youth, including prevention, outreach, therapeutic communities, and halfway houses. The course briefly discusses coexisting disorders in an adolescent client with a substance use disorder: These can include conduct disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma and stressor related disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. 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 participating in this course will receive 2 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion.Accreditations
  • Psychologists will receive 2 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

New Jersey Social Workers – This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1858 from 05/03/2018 to 05/03/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 2

Course Objectives

  • 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.

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. Dr. Holleran Steiker has a K01, or Mentored Research Scientist Development Award, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  She is the recent recipient of the Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award given by the Society for Social Work and Research. She is co-editor of a book titled Substance Abusing Latinos.

Kelly Cue Davis, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. Her current research focuses on the effects of alcohol consumption on sexuality, sexual aggression, sexual risk-taking, and violence against women. Most recently, she has studied the effects of alcohol use on sexual violence and HIV/STI-related risk behaviors under grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Davis serves as a consulting editor for Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, ad hoc reviewer for numerous psychology journals, and chair of the Task Force on Violence Against Women, Society for the Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association.

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  • 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.
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