A core curriculum in addiction studies for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Nurses. This course is one module of three.  It is a stand-alone course and can be taken without the other two modules. Appropriate course selection for those seeking to meet addiction certification education requirements.

Note to US DOT SAPs: This course is not applicable to US DOT SAP Qualification or Renewal.

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:  Three of the six classifications of psychoactive drugs are presented (stimulants, depressants, and cannabis) including medical uses, street names, signs, and symptoms of low, moderate, and high doses, and including long-term effects. Statistical information on costs to society including, crimes, traffic consequences, social problems, and health concerns are discussed throughout the class.  The information additionally contains evidence-based risk and protective factors found to be relevant in prevention efforts with youth.

1.  Participants will be able to discuss signs and symptoms of stimulants intoxication, abuse, and dependency.
2.  Participants will be able to describe signs and symptoms of depressant intoxication, abuse, and dependency.
3.  Participants will be able to describe signs and symptoms of cannabis intoxication, abuse, and dependency.
4.  Participants will be able to identify effects indicating overdose, detox or withdrawal, short-term abuse, and chronic use of stimulants, depressants, and cannabis.

CE Credits:  4

Hour One: Signs and symptoms of stimulants.
Hour Two: Signs and symptoms of depressants.
Hour Three: Signs and symptoms of cannabis.
Hour Four: Distinguishing between detox, withdrawal, intoxication, abuse and dependency.

CE Broker Course #: 20-328789

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

Content Area: Addictions, Social and cultural foundations, Clinical evaluation and assessment.

Purpose: Practitioners taking this course will be better equipped to observe for the signs and symptoms of stimulant, depressant, and cannabis substance abuse, dependency, withdrawal, and intoxication.

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 (APA or 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 https://www.programservices.org/approvals?

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