Professional Development and Core Competencies
  • TARGET AUDIENCE:
    Nurses, Counselors, and other interested Health Professionals

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    • This is a six-hour training aimed at providing an introduction to the addictions process, neurobiology of addictions; substances of abuse; assessment and interventions for the counselor, nurse, or other professional
    • This course directly relates to the domains of assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility, with a specific substance abuse focus.

    OBJECTIVES: (Behavioral Terminology)
    Upon completion, the learner will be able to identify:
    1. Major classes of Substance abuse (e.g.: Depressants, Stimulants, Hallucinogens, Alcohol; and Nicotine);
    2. The underlying neurobiology of that leads many individuals to become dependent upon or abuse substances.
    3. Appropriate assessments, interventions, professionalism, and supportive measures such as case management and client education for the professional who is caring for the chemically impaired individual.

    Course Revised 09/2014

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  • TITLE:
    Client, Family and Community Education for the Addictions Professional

    TARGET AUDIENCE:
    Nurses, Counselors, and other interested Health Professionals

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    • This is a six-hour training aimed at providing an introduction to Client, Family and Community Education.
    • This course directly relates to the domains of assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility, with a specific substance abuse focus.

    OBJECTIVES: (Behavioral Terminology)
    Upon completion, the learner will be able to identify:
    1. Educational Theories related to provision of Psychoeducation;
    2. Educational methods for improving client and family adherence to treatment and relapse prevention;
    3. Educational Methods to provide primary prevention in Community Based settings;
    4. Community Resources relevant to provision of education regarding substance use disorders;
    5. Evidence based strategies and educational materials for providing education to the public.


    Please note: To receive a certificate for this course, you must submit a Community Education Proposal (described below) instead of taking a final exam.
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    Understanding Violence and Self-Harm for the Addictions Professional

    TARGET AUDIENCE:
    Nurses, Counselors, and other interested Health Professionals

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    • This is a six-hour training aimed at providing an introduction to understanding violence and self-harm.
    • This course directly relates to the domains of assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility, with a specific substance abuse focus.

    OBJECTIVES: (Behavioral Terminology)
    Upon completion, the learner will be able to identify:
    1. Major theories of Violence and Self-Harm;
    2. Assessing for Signs and symptoms of Violence and Self-Harm;
    3. Psychosocial and Health consequences of Violence and Self-Harm;
    4. Appropriate assessments, interventions, professionalism, and supportive measures such as case management and client education for the professional who is caring for the chemically impaired individual;
    5. The underlying neurobiology and environmental causes of Violence and Self-Harm, as applies to professional self-care and the provision of care for chemically- impaired individuals;
    6. Evidence based interventions that can be applied in private and professional settings.
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  • TARGET AUDIENCE:
    Nurses, Counselors, and other interested Health Professionals

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    • This is a six-hour training aimed at providing an introduction to Understanding Relapse Prevention for the counselor, nurse, or other professional
    • This course directly relates to the domains of assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility, with a specific substance abuse focus.

    OBJECTIVES: (Behavioral Terminology)
    Upon completion, the learner will be able to identify:
    1. The concepts of Relapse and Relapse Prevention as part of the Addiction and Recovery Process;
    2. Relapse prevention principles, such as management of irrational thoughts, unmanageable feelings, self-destructive urges, and self-defeating behaviors that are commonly seen in persons suffering from Substance Use Disorders;
    3. Stages of recovery treatment and relapse prevention including stabilization, warning sign identification, warning sign management, and recovery planning;
    4. Appropriate responses to a relapse by use of planned interventions, stabilizing the client in the appropriate level of care, assessment of the factors that contributed to the relapse, and revision of the recovery plan.

    Course Revised 11/2014

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  • COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    • This is a six-hour training aimed at providing an introduction to Report, Record Keeping, and Defensive Documentation for the counselor, nurse, or other professional
    • This course directly relates to the domains of assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility, with a specific substance abuse focus.

    OBJECTIVES: (Behavioral Terminology)
    Upon completion, the learner will be able to identify:
    1. The purpose of and rationale behind Report, Record Keeping, and Defensive Documentation
    2. The purpose of and rationale behind Referral and Consultation
    3. Concise, clear verbiage for documentation in records and reports
    4. Circumstances under which referral and/or consultation is warranted for various Substance UseDisorders and comorbidities
    5. Evaluation of client records along the continuum of care
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  • TITLE:
    Clinical Screening and Assessment for the Addictions Professional: Mental Status Examination, Screening and Evaluation Tools

    TARGET AUDIENCE:
    Nurses, Counselors, and other interested Health Professionals

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    • This is a six-hour training aimed at providing an introduction to clinical screening and assessment, including mental status examination, mini-mental status examination, substance abuse disorders assessment (ASI), and various screening tools for comorbid mental disorders.
    • This course directly relates to the domains of assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility, with a specific substance abuse focus.

    OBJECTIVES: (Behavioral Terminology)
    Upon completion, the learner will be able to identify:
    1. Validity and reliability of standardized mental status examination tools and substance use disorder assessment scales;
    2. Signs and symptoms of Substance use disorders and co-morbid mental illnesses;
    3. Appropriate interviewing techniques to screen for and identify substance use disorders and co-morbid mental illnesses;
    4. Appropriate assessments, interventions, professionalism, and supportive measures such as case management and client education for the professional who is caring for the chemically impaired individual;
    5. Appropriate use of Urine drug toxicology screens;
    6. Evidence based interventions that can be applied in private and professional settings.

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  • TARGET AUDIENCE:
    Nurses, Counselors, and other interested Health Professionals

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    • This is a six-hour training aimed at providing an introduction to Theories of Spirituality and Recovery, Including Twelve-Step programs.
    • This course directly relates to the domains of assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility, with a specific substance abuse focus.


    OBJECTIVES: (Behavioral Terminology)
    Upon completion, the learner will be able to identify:
    1. Major theories of Spirituality and Recovery, including 12-Step programs;
    2. Appropriate assessments, interventions, professionalism, and supportive measures such as case management and client education for the professional who is caring for the chemically impaired individual;
    3. The underlying neurobiology of spiritual practice in recovery, as applies to professional self-care and the provision of care for chemically- impaired individuals;
    4. Spiritual techniques, such as the 12 steps, that can be applied in private and professional settings.

    Course Revised 09/2014

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  • TITLE:
    Case Management for the Addictions Professional

    TARGET AUDIENCE:
    Nurses, Counselors, and other interested Health Professionals

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    • This is a six-hour training aimed at providing an introduction to Case Management for the counselor, nurse, or other professional
    • This course directly relates to the domains of assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility, with a specific substance abuse focus.

    OBJECTIVES: (Behavioral Terminology)
    Upon completion, the learner will be able to identify:
    1. Major theories and models and principles of case management and their application with Substance using Clients
    2. Appropriate case management activities, including record keeping, recovery issues, community resources, and continuum of care.
    3. And establish a systematic approach to monitor the treatment plan and maintain quality of life.
    4. Means to establish and maintain the continuum of care as an ongoing recovery process and develop agency networking.
    5. Appropriate assessments, interventions, professionalism, and supportive measures such as case management and client education for the professional who is caring for the chemically impaired individual.
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  • TARGET AUDIENCE:
    Nurses, Counselors, and other interested Health Professionals

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    • This is a six-hour training aimed at providing an introduction to Crisis Management for the counselor, nurse, or other professional
    • This course directly relates to the domains of assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility, with a specific substance abuse focus.

    OBJECTIVES: (Behavioral Terminology)
    Upon completion, the learner will be able to identify:
    1. Major Theories of Crisis Management and Prevention
    2. How to Manage Emotional Crisis and Trauma
    3. Community Resources relevant to crisis management
    4. Evidence based strategies for de-escalating crisis and managing difficult client behaviors

    Course Updated 10/2014

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