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Substance Abuse and Dependency

Author: Arnold M. Washton & Joan E. Zweben and Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder & Wilkie Wilson

Course Created: 2016

Practice Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 15 hours
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Course Summary

Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice

Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice is written from the perspective that clinicians will frequently encounter clients with substance use disorders and that clinicians should have the skills to meet those client's needs. This course covers the assessment and treatment of a wide range of alcohol and drug problems.

Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy

Buzzed provides straightforward information on the most commonly used drugs in an interesting manner. Topics covered in the physiological as well as the behavioral effects of commonly abused drugs.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the types of SUD clients who can benefit from office-based treatment.
  • Identify mental illnesses which co occur with addictions.
  • Explain the concept of cross-tolerance.
  • Describe the signs of opioid withdrawal.
  • Explain the stages of change.
  • Discuss benefits of group therapy for SUD clients.
  • Describe the most dangerous drugs to mix with alcohol.
  • Explain the physical effects of MDMA.
  • Identify common herbal drugs.
  • Identify the usual cause of death from opiates.
  • Discuss the effects of anabolic steroids on women.

Course Syllabus

Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature, course, and diagnosis of substance use disorders
  3. Pharmacology and overview of psychoactive substances
  4. Ingredients of the integrated approach : doing what works
  5. Considerations in addressing concurrent psychiatric and substance use disorders
  6. The role of medications
  7. Assessment
  8. Individualized goal setting and treatment planning : meeting patients "where they are"
  9. Taking action
  10. Preventing relapse
  11. Psychotherapy in ongoing and later-stage recovery
  12. Group therapy
  13. Facilitating participation in self-help programs
Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy
  1. Alcohol
  2. Caffeine
  3. Ecstasy
  4. Hallucinogens
  5. Herbal Drugs
  6. Inhalants
  7. Marijuana
  8. Nicotine
  9. Opiates
  10. Sedatives
  11. Steroids
  12. Stimulants
  13. Brain Basics
  14. Drug Basics
  15. Addiction
  16. Legal Issues Is approved by the American Psychological Association To sponsor continuing education For psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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