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Treatment Considerations for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Emotional Disturbances and Serious Mental Illnesses and Co-occurring Substance Use

Author: SAMHSA
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Course Created: 2021

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 2 hours
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Course Summary

This course is part of SAMHSA's Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series which is a comprehensive set of modules with resources to improve health outcomes for people at risk for, experiencing, or recovering from mental and/or substance use disorders. With a focus on programmatic design and evaluation it is designed for administrators and managers, with relevance to direct practice clinicians in the forms of best practices and evidence reviews, and information needed to improve referral selections.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify current approaches and challenges to treatment of youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbances (SED), mental illnesses, and co-occurring substance misuse or substance use disorders (SUD)
  • Discuss current evidence on the effectiveness of treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), multidimensional family therapy (MDFT), and pharmacotherapy
  • Select appropriate treatment practices and programs to address SED/SMI and co-occurring substance misuse or SUD in youth and young adults
  • Describe current treatment programs that address SED/SMI and co-occurring substance misuse or SUD in youth and young adults
  • Explain components of evaluation and quality improvement

Course Syllabus

  1. Issue Brief
    1. Overview of current approaches and challenges to addressing SED/SMI and co-occurring substance misuse or SUD among youth and young adults.
  2. What Research Tells Us
    1. Current evidence on effectiveness of the following treatment practices included in the guide to address SED/SMI and cooccurring substance misuse or SUD in youth and young adults: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); Multidimensional family therapy (MDFT); and, Pharmacotherapy
  3. Guidance for Selecting and Implementing Evidence-based Practices
    1. Practical information to consider when selecting and implementing treatment practices and programs to address SED/SMI and co-occurring substance misuse or SUD in youth and young adults
  4. Examples of Treatment Programs
    1. Descriptions of programs that use treatment practices from Chapter 2 to address SED/SMI and co-occurring substance misuse or SUD in youth and young adults
  5. Resources for Evaluation and Quality Improvement
    1. Guidance and resources for implementing best practices, monitoring outcomes, and improving quality, provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 07/08/21-07/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

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