Effective Approaches to Caring for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

Training Description:

The Effective Approaches to Caring for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders course is a 4 hour course focused on evidence-based care with an emphasis on Relapse Prevention, Harm Reduction, Trauma Informed Care, and core principles from Motivational Interviewing. The course includes a review of practical strategies for screening, assessment, and diagnosis of people with substance use concerns. Presenters introduce learners to helpful approaches for addressing the needs of individuals with co-occurring mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma. Specific strategies for treating individuals using Nicotine, Alcohol, and Opioids are explored along with a review of how clinicians can support the use of medications to treat these conditions. The training also includes a discussion of privacy and coordination of care with family members.


By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze Substance Use Disorders as chronic conditions by considering stigma, shared-decision making approaches, ASAM criteria, ASAM continuum, as well as evidence-based strategies and appropriate level of aftercare for patients in recovery.
  • Explain validated screening tools, DMS-5 criteria, the “Drug, Set, Setting” model, symptoms attributed to mental health, and toxicology results when screening, assessing, and diagnosing patients with Substance Use Disorder.
  • Compare the pharmacological and behavioral interventions for patients struggling with nicotine, alcohol, and opioid use disorder.
  • Plan care for patients receiving treatment for Substance Use Disorder by applying a Universal Education and Precautions approach to addressing trauma, consider co-occurring anxiety and mood symptoms and discuss interventions that help families recover.

Continuing Education Credits:

Discipline Approval Statement
Licensed Social Worker

This program has been approved for 1 Social Work Continuing Education hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D 92291.

Licensed Psychologist CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Berkshire AHEC at hbruno@berkshireahec.org. For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at info@spiritualcompetencyacademy.com. 4 CE Hour(s).
MA Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Application for MA Licensed Mental Health Counselor continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact Berkshire AHEC at 413-842-5160 for the status of MA Licensed Mental Health Counselor CE accreditation.

MA Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor This course has been approved by the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services/LADC Unit for 4 contact hours for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Assistants.
MA Registered Nurse Program meets the requirements for nursing contact hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing 244 CMR 5.04.
MA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist This activity has been certified by NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Certification PC- 042142.
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Please allow 3-4 weeks for email delivery of any CE Credit certificates from Berkshire AHEC, the CE Credit provider.