CE Credit Hours: 4.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
Fact-based drug education plays a critical role in preventing substance misuse. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, is to provide important information about the harms and consequences of drug use by describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts. In addition, substance’s medical use, potential for abuse, and safety or dependence liability as determined by The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) are discussed as well as specific drug classes, designer drugs, and drugs of concern.
CE Course Objectives
1. Describe the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) criteria for placing all substances that are regulated under existing federal law into one of five schedules.
2, Differentiate between drug abuse, dependence and addiction, and discuss how controlled substances have abuse potential or are immediate precursors to substances with abuse potential.
3. Compare the five classes of drugs, including narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and anabolic steroids, including common features and distinguishing properties.
4. Outline overall drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts.
5. Evaluate the consequences of marijuana/cannabis and inhalant use, as well as other drugs of concern and designer drugs that are not currently controlled by the Controlled Substances Act.
6. Identify drug prevention resources and services designed to reach targeted populations and address particular problems and needs.
The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.
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