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.

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

Revised 2024

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 (NBCC Hours - 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.

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Online Course

CE Broker#:
CE Credits:
4 (NBCC Hours - 4)

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