CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CF Course Description
Substance use and misuse by young people can lead to a variety of problems and may place them at risk for other related health consequences. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education, is provide behavioral health professionals with a practical guide to raising drug free children that can be shared with parents and caregivers. An overview of substance use among young people is presented, as well as risk and protective factors, suggestions on how to talk to youth about substance use, and what do if substance use is suspected.
CE Course Objectives
1. Summarize how substance use impacts young people, including prevalence rates and effects on academic performance.
2. Discuss commonly used substances, their risks, how they are consumed, and their effects.
3. Describe concerns pertaining to misuse of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications by young people.
4. Identify risk factors that may make kids more vulnerable to trying and using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. as well as protective factors to offset those risks.
5. Review tips for parents and caregivers when substance use is suspected or known.
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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