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By the end of the course, the Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Worker or Psychologist will be able to:
§1810. (a) The instruction and training in alcoholism and other chemical substance dependency required by Sections 4980.41, 4980.80, 4980.90, 4996.2, 4996.17, and 4999.32 of the Code shall consist of not less than fifteen hours of classroom training or coursework and shall include each of the following areas:
     (1) The definition of alcoholism and other chemical dependency, and the evaluation of the           abuser.
-Explain Alcohol Dependence/Alcoholism defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
-Name the six widely used structured assessment instruments.

     (2) Medical aspects of alcoholism and other chemical dependency.
-Explain Tolerance to a Drug.

     (3) Current theories of the etiology of substance abuse.
-Over the past century, many theories have been proposed to describe the etiology of drug abuse. Explain these Theories are categorized in three main subgroups.

     (4) The role of persons and systems that support or compound the abuse.
-Explain the first step to getting better from alcohol problems.

     (5) Major treatment approaches to alcoholism and chemical dependency.
-Explain what term is generally used to describe a common reaction of people with substance use disorders who, when confronted with the existence of those disorders, deny that they have a substance abuse problem.

     (6) Legal aspects of substance abuse.
-Explain Alcohol and drug counselors providing vocational rehabilitation (VR) services directly or through referral need to be aware of legal and ethical issues in three areas.

     (7) Knowledge of certain populations at risk with regard to substance abuse.
-Explain the term that Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) uses to examine features of families based on specific, common groupings that influence the process of therapy.

     (8) Community resources offering assessment, treatment and follow-up for the abuser and           family.
-The traditional referral system from substance abuse treatment programs to outside agencies can create obstacles to effective collaboration. Name the four barriers to effective collaboration.

     (9) The process of referring affected persons.
-Explain what are the following circumstances should prompt a diagnostic referral.

     (10) Education concerning and prevention of substance abuse.
-Explain how can the community develop a plan for research-based prevention.

§29. (b) Prior to the adoption of any regulations imposing continuing education relating to alcohol and other chemical dependency, the boards are urged to consider coursework to include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following topics:
     (1) Historical and contemporary perspectives on alcohol and other drug abuse.

-The personal characteristics of those particularly liable to use drugs have been obtained by comparing using with nonusing adolescents in the same schools. Name one of the characteristics looked at from time to time.

     (2) Extent of the alcohol and drug abuse epidemic and its effects on the individual, family,           and community.
-Name the two consequences of an adult who abuses substances and lives alone or with a partner.

     (3) Recognizing the symptoms of alcoholism and drug addiction.
-Explain what is used in determining if an employee may be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol that would warrant the employee to be tested.

     (4) Making appropriate interpretations, interventions, and referrals.
-Explain who can conduct a brief intervention.

     (5) Recognizing and intervening with affected family members.
-Name three steps required for the "Build Up Your Courage Muscles" exercise.

     (6) Learning about current programs of recovery, such as 12 step programs, and how           therapists can effectively utilize these programs.
-Social workers and other behavioral health professionals are likely to encounter individuals with substance use disorders in a variety of practice settings outside of specialty treatment. Explain the goal of Social workers and other behavioral health professionals.



"The instructional level of this course is introductory, intermediate, or advanced depending on the learners clinical area of expertise."