CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
When behavioral health care professionals are treating individuals with substance use disorders, it is imperative to consider how cultural aspects reinforce substance use, substance use disorders, and relapses. This brief intermediate level continuing education course was developed using information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in order to examine the concept of drug cultures, the relationship between drug cultures and mainstream culture, the values and rituals of drug cultures, and how and why people regard their participation in drug cultures. Additionally, strategies to help clinicians determine a client’s level of involvement in a drug culture and to identify and develop alternatives to the drug cultures in which they participate are presented, along with a discussion on the importance of assisting clients in developing a culture of recovery.
1. Describe key aspects of drug cultures, particularly how such cultures will likely have affected clients' substance use and how they can impact recovery.
2. List the characteristics of a drug culture and its members.
3. Explain difference between drug cultures and mainstream culture.
4. Predict how cultures may impact substance abuse treatment assessment and engagement, as well as ways to find alternative support.
5. Identify ways that people in recovery can participate in activities with others who are having similar experiences to build a culture of recovery.
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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