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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
This brief, intermediate level course was developed using SAMHSA’s Tip 51 Quick Guide for Clinicians in order to provide an overview of the specific substance abuse treatment needs of women. Topics covered include gender-responsive treatment principles, patterns associated with women’s substance use, screening and assessment, and various treatment considerations. The course provides pertinent information to behavioral health counselors and clinicians, focusing on tools, techniques, and concerns related to providing substance use disorders services to women in behavioral health settings.
CE Course Objectives
1. Discuss the distinctive characteristics and biopsychosocial issues associated with women who have substance use disorders.
2. Identify factors that protect against the development of substance abuse and dependence as well as circumstances associated with women’s substance use.
3. Describe the screening and assessment methods designed to meet the specific needs of women, including trauma-informed screening, culturally responsive screening and assessment, and pregnancy screening.
4. Evaluate barriers and strategies that influence treatment engagement and retention along with treatment planning considerations that impact women.
5. Review the physiological effects of alcohol and drug use in women.
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