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On-Demand Courses: NC State Addictions Specialist Certificate

Substance Use Specific

Advocacy Basics (4 hours)

Participants taking this course will (1) understand how policy advocacy is an essential element for all persons in addiction recovery professional practice; (2) learn about the Code of Ethics of NAADAC, the National Association for Addiction Professionals; (3) hear from current addiction recovery professionals on what policies and practices they think need to change; (4) understand the various ways to advocate for needed changes, to see where paraprofessionals may fit; (5) find links to a broad range of advocacy groups one can join; and (6) gain inspiration from the wisdom of the professionals interviewed for this course.

Human Trafficking and Substance Use Disorders (6 hours)

This course will introduce you to the social problem of human trafficking and its intersection with substance use. You will learn the legal definition, key concepts, terms, and risk factors to help you identify, report and respond to human trafficking. You will also be introduced to professional and ethical responsibilities related to this topic. Lastly, you will be given resources to further your education and advocacy efforts.

Overview & Treatment of Opioid Disorders (9 hours)

Heroin and synthetic opioids kill an American every sixteen minutes. Overall life expectancy in the United States steadily decreased between 2017 and 2020 – opioid misuse and addiction have created this public health catastrophe. This course will begin with a solid foundation of the history and epidemiology of opioid misuse, addiction and recovery. You will be introduced to present-day discourses on opioid misuse prevention, treatment, recovery, harm reduction and public policy. This course will review the various agonist, partial-agonist and full-agonist medications used to treat opioid use disorders. The impact of stigma on individuals with opioid use disorders, best community practices, recovery supports, and information on treatment and payer sources will be discussed.

Trauma-Informed Care and Substance Use (6 hours)

This course will help you (1) identify the importance of screening and assessing individuals with substance use disorders for trauma exposure and trauma-related symptoms; (2) demonstrate an awareness of the co-occurrence of trauma and substance misuse; (3) recognize the importance of considering trauma exposure and trauma-related symptoms when engaging in treatment planning, collaboration and referral; (4) identify concrete ways to incorporate trauma-informed principles in treatment planning; (5) identify trauma-related symptoms that may manifest in helping relationships; (6) describe specific ways to apply the principles of trauma-informed care in counseling settings; (7) examine how trauma-informed care is congruent with professional and ethical responsibilities; and (8) examine their professional and ethical responsibility to minimize the risk of re-traumatization among clients with trauma exposure.

Treatment Needs & Strategies for Individuals in Criminal Justice Settings (3 hours)

Many people who struggle with substance use disorders become involved with the criminal legal system. As a result, people who work with this population will benefit from having a broad understanding of the legal system and the challenges faced by those interacting with this system. This course will provide an overview of the criminal legal system via the sequential intercept model which details how people with mental health and substance use disorders come into contact with and progress through the system. This course will also highlight the specific challenges faced by people returning to the community after experiencing incarceration both in jail and in prison.

General Skill Building

Documentation 101 (2 hours)

This course provides learners with basic skills and knowledge on documentation. It includes the importance of documentation, ethical aspects of documentation, connections between documentation and practice, basic documentation skills and examples of commonly used documentation formats.

Interactive Storytelling to Investigate Personal Consequences (3 hours)

This course explores how interactive storytelling and scenario based learning can function as tools for paraprofessionals to work with clients to build their healthy decision making skills. One of the primary goals of this course is to develop skills for using branching narrative scenarios to illuminate healthy decision making and consequences for unhealthy decision making.

Skills for Interviewing Clients (2 hours)

This course provides an overview of interviewing and engagement skills. The course includes reading, videos, activities and interviews. Learners will also understand the role that culture plays in interviewing and engagement.

Current Topics

HIV/AIDS/STDS: Basic Foundations & Emerging Issues Skills for Interviewing Clients (2 hours)

This course is designed to provide you with knowledge related to HIV/AIDS/STDs and strategies related to reducing stigma related to HIV/AIDS/STDs. In particular this course will address topics such as: Identifying the most common STDs, explain the transmission, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS/STDS, identify how stigma influences the treatment of HIV/AIDS/STDs, and develop strategies to decrease stigma related to HIV/AIDS/STDs.

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Military Veteran Substance Use (2 hours)

This course is designed to share underlying components of military culture; prevalence rates of substance use in U.S. military veterans as it relates to military culture and perceived stigma; and current treatments and their efficacy in U.S. military veterans.

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Substance Use and Adolescence (2 hours)

This informational course is designed to provide a foundational knowledge of how substance use affects adolescents. The course addresses important topics related to adolescent substance abuse, such as: risk factors, development of the brain and body in adolescence, neuroplasticity and recovery.

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