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Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

Online Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Seminars


Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders Seminar
People have used and abused stimulants like coffee, tobacco, chocolate and coca leaves for thousands of years. A large amount of even a mild stimulant can make a person feel energetic, nervous and/or jittery. Though all stimulants change the way the human brain works, this course will focus on some of the stronger stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamines that significantly alter brain chemistry, which frequently leads to abuse and/or dependency.


Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Seminar
This course overviews adolescent substance abuse/addiction and methods used in adolescent treatment. The consequences of adolescent substance abuse/addiction is one of the most important problems facing youth in the U.S. today. Adolescent dependency on drugs/alcohol can create significant negative, personal and societal consequences such as: crime, acts of violence, dysfunctional families, pregnancy, physical abuse and sexual abuse of other adolescents, school absenteeism, personal injuries, and fatalities.


Addiction Review Seminar
The drug problem is complex and attempts to put it into perspective are often complicated. This course will help practitioners distinguish some of the myths that have surrounded the use of drugs/alcohol in our culture from a factual, less emotional and more scientific perspective of chemical abuse and addiction.


Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment Seminar
This seminar covers issues regarding motivational change in substance treatment. Emphasis on current and developing treatment information. Covers common motivational change techniques. Also includes community resource information.


Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Seminar
This seminar addresses the special topic of domestic violence and its relationship to substance abuse. While there is not necessarily a direct cause-and-effect link between substance abuse by either batterers or their victims, it is certainly a risk factor for domestic violence. Another purpose of this seminar is to provide substance abuse and other behavioral health professionals with an overview of domestic violence so that they may better understand the particular behaviors of batterers and the specific needs of survivors of domestic violence.


Street Drugs Seminar
The use of street drugs is exploding in the state of Arizona and across the nation. The damage caused by street drugs has affected most people in some manner. This seminar has vital information for parents, counselors, teachers and many others. Physiological factors and symptoms of use will be covered.


Addictive and Medical Plants Seminar
Since primitive times, plants have been used for everything from lessening pain to healing illness or injury. This seminar examines the Opium Poppy, Aspirin and the Willow Tree, LSD and Ergot, Quinine, Digitalis, Belladonna, Mandragola, Coca and Yew as medicine and as substances of abuse and addiction. This course also discusses the history of how humans derived drugs and medicines from plants; and how these simple drugs and medications were used and abused historically for their effects on love, sex, religion, work and health.


Intervention and Treatment for Chemical Dependency Seminar
Brief therapies, often less costly yet proven effective, have become increasingly important substance abuse treatment options. The appropriate brief therapy will vary depending on the substance being abused and the severity of the problem being addressed. Treatment professionals have increasingly preferred brief therapies to treatment gaps.


Multicultural Aspects
This seminar examines cultural competencies and how human differences affect the counseling relationship. When a counselor is unaware or ignores cultural differences, that counselor risks the growth of misunderstanding and mistrust. The seminar will also examine the implications of chemical use/abuse/addiction on multicultural and diverse populations. Participants will explore a variety of cultures with compassion and curiosity. This course will also include three contact hours of professional ethics. *The Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners requires professionals to have a minimum of three clock hours in behavioral health ethics or mental health law and a minimum of three clock hours in cultural competencies for license renewal.


Clinical Supervision Training of Supervisors
This seminar is designed for mental health professionals who are providing supervision in academic, training and treatment sites. Students and professionals who are not currently supervising may also benefit from this seminar, as it discusses the latest legislative initiatives regarding mandated supervisory training. Contemporary theory and research regarding best practices in clinical supervision will be presented, along with the identification and development of competencies for supervisees and supervisors.


Professional Ethics in Counseling the Chemically Dependent
This course explores topics relative to the professional and ethical development of the chemical dependency counselor, including manpower utilization, professionalism, and the meeting of individual counselor needs within the field. *This is a required course in the Rio Salado Chemical Dependency Program. The Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners requires professionals to have a minimum of 3 clock hours in behavioral health ethics or mental health law for license renewal.


AIDS and Chemical Dependency
This seminar examines AIDS and its relationship to substance abuse, chemical dependency, and drug/alcohol treatment. It places emphasis on the myths and realities of AIDS, personal values, feelings, and limitations and treatment goals. *This is a required course in the Rio Salado Chemical Dependency Program.

Special 3-credit Seminar


Advanced Foundations:
Review for Chemical Dependency Counselor
Licensing and/or Certification Exam

(Advanced Foundations of Chemical Dependency)
In-depth review of the principles and concepts of the chemical dependency field for paraprofessionals and professionals working in the area and/or preparing for certification exams. Emphasis is placed on historical antecedents of treatment efforts and legislation, pharmacology, special populations, family issues, co-dependency, ACOA, and self-help groups.