Substance Use Disorders: Assessment and Treatment - C6530


About Course #C6530

Release Date: January 17, 2018

Expiration Date: January 17, 2021

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 marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors 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; the different categories of substances that are commonly abused and their neurochemical effects on the human brain and an individual's biopsychosocial functioning; and, the major theories of addictions. 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.

6 NBCC hours are awarded for successful completion of 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. 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, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' 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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