This 15 credit hour course covers important information designed to support the professionals working with individuals and families experiencing substance use disorder. The course is delivered using a series of educational presentations and case studies designed to illustrate various concepts. Topics include the etiology of addiction, screening, assessment, diagnosis, evidenced based practices and programs, as well as cultural issues in working with individuals and families with substance use disorders. Course materials will prepare participants with the basic concepts relevant to assessment and treatment of addiction. The course will help to resolve questions of what causes substance use disorder, what should be done, and how many options for treatment should be known and considered. This course provides information that will be valuable for individuals that have or are planning a career in the treatment of substance use disorder or work in parallel service fields and desire to gain additional knowledge. Those who have received training in this area may find this course helpful as a refresher or as opportunity to explore areas that may not have been previously covered in training.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
Develop knowledge on the etiology of substance use disorder.
Distinguish theories of addiction.
Explain the assessment and diagnosis of substance use disorder.
Compare substance use disorder evidenced based treatment approaches.
Summarize the importance of cultural competency in the treatment of substance use disorder.
Patrick M. McKiernan PhD, LCADC. Dr. McKiernan is Faculty with Northcentral University in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. McKiernan has over thirty years of experience treating substance use disorder with emphasis on interventions that support successful long-term abstinence.