This is a core curriculum addiction studies course for all practitioner levels.  Appropriate course selection for those seeking to meet addiction certification education requirements.

Available as a live course for contracted groups. Contact us for information.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2022

Description: The course overviews the pharmacology of drug abuse and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults.  Descriptions of the epidemiology, pharmacology, health consequences, laboratory evaluation, and treatment considerations of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, inhalants, stimulants, hallucinogens, PCP, opiates, sedatives/hypnotics, tranquilizers, and club drugs is covered.  Discussion of signs and symptoms of occasional, problematic, abuse, and dependence is provided.  This course is a core curriculum course for professionals seeking education in fulfillment of certification requirements in addictions. 

Recommended additional reading:

TIP 31: Screening and Assessing Adolescents for Substance Use Disorder.  This Treatment Improvement Protocol (Screening and Assessing Adolescents for Substance Use Disorders) presents information on identifying, screening, and assessing adolescents who use substances. Accessed free of charge at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration store

TIP 32: Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders.  This TIP, Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders, presents information on substance abuse treatment for adolescent clients. Adolescents differ from adults both physiologically and emotionally as they make the transition from child to adult and, thus, require treatment adapted to their needs. Accessed free of charge at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration store

1.  Participants will be able to describe the effects of abused substances in adolescent populations.
2.  Participants will be able to discuss the health consequences of substances of abuse.
3.  Participants will be able to identify experimentation, abuse, and dependent substance use patterns.
4.  Participants will be able to classify substances of abuse.

CE Credits: 5

Hour One: Tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, inhalants
Hour Two:  Stimulants, hallucinogens 
Hour Three: PCP, opiates
Hour Four: Sedatives/hypnotics
Hour Five: Tranquilizers, and club drugs

CE Broker Course #: 20-352117  

Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.

Content Area: Clinical evaluation and assessment, Adolescent populations, Social and clinical foundations, Psychopharmacology, Addictions, Adolescent issues, Special populations, Behavioral disorder, Neuropsychology.

Purpose:  Practitioners from various disciplines can expect to be familiarized with pharmacology (including signs and symptoms) of substances of abuse and alcohol among adolescent populations.

Target Audience:  Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals.


National Board for Certified Counselors (N.B.C.C.) Program Services has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #: 5978.                  
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.           
Program Services is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Social Work:  State Licensing Board Approval Information for Continuing Education.
The following states accept our national approvals (NBCC) for social work CE:  Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin.
We are approved in two states for social work (Florida and Alabama).
The following states accept Program Services CE if other state SW boards have approved our CE. (Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,  Mississippi, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia.)    
These states specify cross-disciplinary CE is acceptable, have no specified requirements/limitations, or that social workers can self- submit after the fact: 
Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico.
Program Services has not applied for CE for social work in New York, Hawaii, Iowa, and Minnesota.
National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) #86395
Florida Board of Nursing FBN #2456 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling: BAP #162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Certification Board, Inc. #159A
Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners #0339
Georgia Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
South Carolina Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
District Columbia Board of Nursing CEBroker provider #50-1651
Allied profession approvals can be found at

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