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Continuing Education

Building Addiction Knowledge for Frontline Workers Certificate (Online/Self-Paced)

Date: Asynchronous (9-weeks)
CEUs: 36 Clock Hours including 4-hours of Ethics and 4-hours of Supervision
Cost: $545.00 for full Certificate Program or $20 per credit hour for each individual module
Registration Deadline: Rolling

Knowledge is power and power initiates action. This online, self-paced, addiction-focused program is easily accessed, evidence-based, and delivered in small easy-to-complete modules. The goal of this course is to assure that those serving on the front lines will have the most up-to-date information necessary to provide quality care for those struggling with addiction.


  • Build a comprehensive understanding of addiction, which begins with exploring the diagnosis of substance use disorders and reviewing the criteria of multidimensional assessment to further awareness of the levels of care offered in treatment services.
  • Examine the role of brain science and substance use disorders, as well as the cycle of addiction, which will provide a foundation for bridging all biopsychosocial aspects together to see the full picture of addiction and learn how neurobiology impacts varying co-occurring conditions.
  • Identify the core features of treatment and review the five common group typologies seen in addiction treatment, the group process, skills for facilitating group counseling, and gender-specific groups.
  • Learn how recovery evolves over time, what supports life in recovery or a recovery ecosystem.
  • Explore the impact of addiction on the family and how relationships are affected.
  • Improve knowledge of ethical principles and key ethical issues that often arise in substance use disorder treatment and help emphasize the importance of ongoing skill-building when it comes to ethical practice.
  • Improve knowledge regarding the benefit of quality, ongoing supervision, as a cornerstone of staff development, accountability, and program management, to ensure professionals are providing services that are guided by best practices.

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The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068