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Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients-Part One

Course #: 06-690

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CE Credit Hours: 8.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

CE Course Description

Clinical research and practice indicates that a significant percentage of clients in treatment for substance abuse experience depressive symptoms. The purpose of this continuing education course, developed using information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA), is to provide strategies to manage depressive symptoms in substance abuse clients during early recovery. The nature and extent of depressive symptoms in clients receiving substance abuse treatment, counselor role and responsibilities, screening and assessment, treatment planning, and continuing care are discussed.  In addition, vignettes of counseling sessions with clients who are experiencing depressive symptoms are presented.

CE Course Objectives

1. Provide an overview of the nature and extent of depressive symptoms in clients receiving substance abuse treatment.

2. Discuss pertinent issues for substance abuse counselors including types of counseling approaches, issues related to the work setting, cultural concerns, and counselor roles and responsibilities.

3. Identify ways to prepare to work with clients with depressive symptoms and to understand their world.

4. Describe ways that screening and assessment can be integrated so that substance abuse and depressive symptoms are each explored within the context of the other.

5. Summarize the components of client-centered treatment planning along with the principles, skills, techniques, and resources used to implement treatment strategies.

6. Evaluate special considerations related to treatment termination with clients who have experienced depressive symptoms as well as special considerations for continuing care.

7. Review representative vignettes of counseling sessions with clients experiencing depressive symptoms, including how-to descriptions of specific counseling techniques.



Instructor Notes
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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