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SA 520

Addiction Intervention and Treatment

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Course Information

This course presents a comprehensive study in the various strategies of intervening on the life of the addict. Starting with the most basic social unit, the family, the history, development and the guiding principles of how a family intervention is conducted. Many alcoholics/addicts come to the attention of the medical profession either as emergencies or in routine physicals so the need for physicians and medical professionals to be trained, alert to and willing to refer patients with possible addiction issues is examined. Along with mental health issues often comes an addiction or at least a substance abuse problem.  That problem can make the mental issues worse or can cancel out the effects of whatever medication the patient may be taking. As with physicians, the need for training and a willingness to refer patients to the addictions experts is explored. Employee assistance and professional committees are examine as they are able to keep employees working and, in the case of professional committees, can help highly trained persons working at their chosen profession.

The intervention on the adolescent who may be addicted is examined especially as it relates to intervening on the entire family. As with the medical and mental health settings, the legal profession seems to deal with more than their share of people who are alcoholic and/or addicted.  Various successful intervention strategies are explored so as to reduce the recidivism rate of those who come to the attention of the legal system. Finally, the idea or ideal of the one-stop shop, the one place people in need of social services of various kind is examines as a place where people can go to receive their services and possibly identify their issues of addiction, receive treatment and reduce their need for additional services. Course Code: SA 520. Contact Hours of Education= 15

Pre-requisite: Pre-requisite to enrolling in the continuing education program: must have successfully completed the course: SA 510: Foundations of Addiction Counseling, and registrants must be: 1.) a licensed health care professional with current, active licensure to practice, or 2). a counselor, psychologist, or social worker, or 3). an ordained or licensed minister in active ministry.

This course is particularly designed for those professionals meeting one of the pre-requisites above, would like to apply for the Substance Abuse Practitioner Certification by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 15 Contact Hours. Access information

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Instructor/Course Author:  Thomas Schear, Ph.D

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E-mail: tschear@ccmsinc.net

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the continuing education courses in the substance abuse practitioner program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

Addiction Intervention: Strategies to Motivate Treatment-Seeking Behavior.
By: Bruce Carruth, Deborah G. Wright, Robert K. White. Routledge; 1 edition (April 15, 1998) ISBN-10: 078900433X ISBN-13: 978-0789004338

Link to Purchase on Amazon.com: click here

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 15 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the principles of the development and implementation of a family intervention
  2. Identify the barriers that exist in conducting a family intervention and strategies to overcome them
  3. Identify the training needs for medical professionals and the barriers that exist with making appropriate referrals for alcoholic/addicted patients
  4. Describe successful efforts to help medical professional properly diagnose and refer alcoholic/addicted patients.
  5. Identify the training needs for mental health providers and the barriers that exist with making appropriate referrals for alcoholic/addicted patients
  6. Describe successful efforts to help mental health provides properly assess and refer alcoholic/addicted patients.
  7. Identify and explain how the employee assistance program works to identify, confront, refer and monitor the progress of employees who have developed an alcohol and/or addiction or other problem which are interfering with work performance.
  8. Identify and explain how professional committees work to identify, confront, refer and monitor the program of professionals who have developed an alcohol and/or addiction or other problem which are interfering with the proper performance of their professional responsibilities.
  9. Identify effective strategies used to intervene on the addictive and other seriously problematic behaviors of adolescents.
  10. Examine how intervening in family patterns surrounding alcoholic/addictive behaviors can make a positive impact in the family setting.
  11. Identify successful interventions used in various jurisdictions which have made a positive impact on the offender’s life and reduced future involvement in the legal system.
  12. Identify the effectiveness of making the provision of medical, mental health, reemployment, addiction counseling services and other social services can help with early identification and the treatment of the various needs of the client population leading to a reduction in the need of such services.


Family intervention: background, principles and other strategies
Medical strategies: Intervention
Mental health strategies: addiction intervention for the dually diagnosed
Employee assistance program strategies
Professional assistance committees
Adolescent intervention strategies
Intervention as brief family therapy
Legal strategies
Professional intervention in the one-stop reemployment/social service center

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