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The Office of Continuing Education is committed to becoming the leader and expert in providing lifelong education to social work professionals and creating a community of extraordinary advocates, clinicians, and community organizers.

Building Addiction Knowledge for Frontline Workers (Hybrid/online)

Completion Date: Asynchronous (Reading/Videos)

This intensive, online, self-paced addiction-focused course is easily accessed, evidence-based and delivered in nine clear, comprehensive modules. The goal of the course is to ensure that those providing support and care for those battling addiction will have the necessary information to do so competently.

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Addiction 101: Understanding Addiction at a Fundamental Level

In this module, we seek to build a comprehensive understanding of addiction, beginning with a deep dive into the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s definition of addiction. An exploration of the diagnosis of substance use disorders is next as they are described in the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Version Five (DSM-V). We conclude with a review of the core features of substance abuse treatment services.

Brain Science and Addiction, Part I

This module explores the brain science behind addiction through a biopsychosocial lens. Many factors can contribute to the development of a substance use disorder and these factors can be divided into biological, psychological and social components. Biological components of substance use disorders are the main focus of this module.

Brain Science and Addiction, Part II

While there is no exact imaging, experiment or single research project that can predict substance use disorders, decades’ worth of information has been found supporting addiction as a brain disease. Understanding the role of brain science and substance use disorders provide a foundation for bridging all biopsychosocial aspects together to see the full picture of addiction. In this module, we explore the cycle of addiction and how neurobiology impacts varying co-occurring conditions.

Assessment and Diagnosis of Addiction

This module introduces well-researched and utilized screening tools that have been created to assess and diagnose addiction, as well as determine the severity of the disease. Examples include the SBIRT Model (Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment), Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-20), and the Brief Addiction Monitor (BAM).

Treatment

In this module, we examine the core features of treatment, beginning with the levels of care offered within the treatment services continuum, based on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s criteria. Because group counseling is a service that is prevalent in treatment, we then devote time to understanding the five common group typologies seen in addiction treatment, which includes the group process, skills for facilitating group counseling and gender-specific groups. Motivational Interviewing (MI) will also be incorporated as a complementary treatment tool.

Recovery and Relapse

Just as we must work diligently to understand the disease of addiction, we must also put as much energy into studying and understanding recovery. This module begins with exploring the definition of recovery and continues by analyzing how recovery evolves over time and what supports a life in recovery or a recovery ecosystem. We then review and discuss the types of relapse, as well as the identification of personal risk facto

Impact of Addiction on the Family

Using the person-in-environment perspective, this module explores how addiction can impact our relationships as well as our social and emotional functioning.

Ethics

In this module, we build our understanding of the ethical principles and key ethical issues that often arise in substance use disorder treatment, which will highlight the importance of ongoing skill-building when it comes to ethical practice for professionals.

Supervision

Supervision should not be treated as an afterthought in treatment and recovery services because it is a cornerstone of staff development, accountability and program management. Supervisors should receive ongoing training and support to develop their skills in this role. This module reviews SAMHSA’s central principles of clinical supervision which create the foundation for understanding the multi-faceted role supervisors must fulfill and the essential features of quality supervision.

  1. 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.
  2. Examine the role of brain science and substance use disorders, as well as the cycle of addiction. This will provide a foundation for bridging biopsychosocial aspects together to see the full picture of addiction and how neurobiology impacts varying co-occurring conditions.
  3. 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.
  4. Discover how recovery evolves over time, what supports life in recovery or a recovery ecosystem.
  5. Explore the impact of addiction on the family and how relationships are affected.
  6. Improve knowledge of ethical principles and key ethical issues that often arise in substance use disorder treatment.
  7. Extend knowledge regarding the benefit of quality, ongoing supervision, as a cornerstone of staff development, accountability, and program management.

Date

Asynchronous

Registration Deadline

Rolling

Time Limit

180 days after enrollment

Continuing Education Credits

27.25 CEs

This training is approved for CE for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. Credit includes 3-hours of ethics and 3-hours of supervision.

Meets requirements for ASWB ACE program

Meets requirements for OCSWMFT Board

Target Audience

Social Workers, Counselors, Health Care Workers

Content Level

Intermediate

Cost

$545 for full Certificate Program

Accreditation
  • The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: RCST111747), is an approved* provider for
The State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board.
*All courses hosted by CSWCE are approved for this Board unless the course description states otherwise.
  • The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: 50-24068), is an approved* provider for
The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals (OCDP) Board.
*Courses that have been approved for this Board will note the appropriate content areas in the course description.
  • The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: 1628), is approved* to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 4/30/22-4/30/25. *Courses that have been approved for this Board will have the above statement listed in the course description.

Course was developed by:

Gretchen Clark-Hammond, PhD, MSW, LSW, LCDClll, TTS

Community lecturer, Ohio State University – College of Social Work

Gretchen Clark Hammond MSW, PHD, LCDC III, TTS has worked in human services and addiction treatment since 1999, specializing in quality addiction treatment services, counseling skills and resource procurement. She also is a community lecturer in the College of Social Work and the Glenn College at Ohio State University.

Jessica Horstman, LISW, ICDC.

Consultant, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain

Jessica Horstman, LISW-S, LICDC began her social work career working with those struggling with chemical dependency. She began working as the Chalmers P. Wylie’s VAAC’s pain social worker in December 2013. Mrs. Horstman has participated in the VA’s Evidence Based Practice Roll-Out in July 2014 for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) and serves as a consultant for CBT-CP. In 2016, she was nominated to be a national trainer for CBT-CP. She regularly trains clinicians in CBT-CP nationwide and provides weekly consultation to ensure proficiency.

Serving Veterans and Their Families Certificate (Hybrid/online)

Completion Date: Asynchronous (Reading/Videos)

Dates to be announced

With more than 22 million veterans in the United States, the need to understand the issues these Veterans and their families face is great. Serving Veterans and their Families Certificate is a post-graduate, 14-week, hybrid, online program for social workers, nurses, therapists and others interested in learning more about how to serve Veterans and their families.

All course materials are included with each week’s module. Additionally, there are three opportunities to connect in real time with your instructor and other course participants via a web-based platform. If you are unable to participate in a live session, don’t worry, they are recorded and can be viewed when it fits your schedule. Course materials, lectures and learning activities are released early each week and can be completed at any time during a one-week window.

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  1. Gain understanding of military structure and culture, and explore the differences between military branches across eras
  2. Examine the readjustment process for veterans and families, focusing on a person-in-the-environment perspective
  3. Interpret physical strengths, deficits and chronic challenges for both short-term and long-term functioning during military service
  4. Evaluate common behavioral health issues facing veterans and their families; factors that enhance successful outcomes and wellness
  5. Examine the role of spirituality in veteran functioning and the concept of moral injury
  6. Appraise veteran social functioning across social systems (i.e., home, friendship, work) appreciating interactive influences
  7. Identify and use resources for Veterans and their families

Date

Dates to be announced

Registration Deadline

Dates to be announced

Continuing Education Credits

62 CEs possible, including 3-hours of Ethics and 3-hours of Supervision from new self-paced modules.

To receive credit, participants must complete all coursework including readings, discussions, outside assignments, and evaluations. (OCDPB hours available: 4-hours (C7), 4-hours (C1), 3-hours (P1), 3-hours (S4), and 3-hours (CC))

Course Format

Hybrid/Online Asynchronous (Reading/Videos)

Target Audience

Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs & other Human Service Workers

Content Level

Intermediate

Cost

$1,200 $900 (25% discount)

Carolyn Abbruzzese, MSW, LISW-S, MA

Program Coordinator, Methadone Treatment Program in Recovery Services, Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center

Carolyn has a dual master’s degree in social work and Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University. She is currently the coordinator of the contract Methadone Treatment Program in Recovery Services at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, Ohio. Carolyn is also a community lecturer with College of Social Work at Ohio State and is trained in CBT, DBT and MET.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: 1628), is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Ohio State University College of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 4/30/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 27.5 CEs for 14-week course 27.5 CEs with additional 3 hours of supervision and 3 hours of ethics.

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