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On-Demand Courses: NC State Addictions Specialist Certificate

Substance Use Specific

Addiction Treatment Theories and Practice

This course explores the history of public and professional attitudes around addiction and recovery in the United States before being introduced to Motivational Interviewing as a method for engaging clients and solidifying motivation for positive change. Over the course of three modules, learners will be introduced to the leading evidence-based treatment modalities used to treat substance use disorders. 9 hrs SS (1.5 hrs EBT) (0.5 hrs ETHICS)

Advocacy Basics 

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. 4 hrs SS (.25 hrs ETHICS)

Human Trafficking and Substance Use Disorders

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. 6 hrs SS (1 hr ETHICS)

Overview & Treatment of Opioid Disorders

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. 9 hrs SS (EBT) (3 hrs ETHICS)

Trauma-Informed Care and Substance Use

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. 6 hrs SS (PSY)

Treatment Needs & Strategies for Individuals in Criminal Justice Settings

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. 3 hrs SS

General Skill Building

Documentation 101

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. 2 hrs GSB (.75 hrs ETHICS)

Foundations of Conflict Management

This course is designed to provide learners with foundational knowledge of conflict within a professional work environment, and aid in learners’ development of practical conflict management skills. The course will address important topics related to conflict, such as identity, empathy, mindfulness, types of conflict, communication, leadership and professionalism. 2 hrs GSB

Foundations of Supportive Communication

This 2 contact hour general skill-building course is designed to provide learners with a foundational knowledge of supportive communication, as well as aid in learners’ development of practical communication skills. The course will address important topics related to supportive communication, such as mindfulness and vulnerability, communication theories and concepts, types of support, health benefits of supportive communication, verbal and nonverbal communication, asking questions, listening, and setting boundaries. 2 Hrs GSB

Interactive Storytelling to Investigate Personal Consequences 

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. 3 hrs GSB

Introduction to Telehealth: What You Need to Know 

This course provides best practice knowledge and information for professional and paraprofessional service providers to deliver telehealth services. 1 hr GSB (ETHICS)

Making Decisions with Evidence

This course teaches how to use evidence for critical thinking and decision-making. Topics will include role of information evidence, using data to evaluate the relationships between ideas and interventions, and the differences between correlation and causation. 2 hrs GSB

Skills for Interviewing Clients

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. 2 hrs GSB

Strategies for Communicating Healthy Boundaries

This course is designed to assist learners in their discovery of Interpersonal communication competence in order to communicate healthy boundaries. Topics include perception, language, emotion expression, communication goals, plans, and actions. 6 hrs GSB

Understanding Medicare Basics

This 2 contact hour Medicare training course is designed to provide learners with a foundational knowledge of Medicare. The course will cover Medicare eligibility, its parts and plans, different enrollment types, and penalties. Also included are ways to save individual patients’ Medicare costs and supports for low-income patients. 2 Hrs GSB

Current Topics

Fathering in Recovery

This training course is designed to provide learners with a foundational knowledge of the needs and experiences of fathers who are in recovery from substance use disorders.
2 hrs SS

HIV/AIDS/STDS: Basic Foundations & Emerging Issues

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. 2 hrs GSB (HIV)

Military Veteran Substance Use

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. 2 hrs SS (SUDV)

Substance Use and Adolescence

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 use, such as: risk factors, development of the brain and body in adolescence, neuroplasticity and recovery. 2 hrs SS

Using Children’s Literature to Address Substance-Use Related Childhood

This informational course is designed to provide a foundational knowledge of how Family literacy programs can have reciprocal benefits, enhancing social and cultural connections and educational understanding of the adults involved with children. This course is designed to introduce the idea of using picture-books to talk about substance use disorder in families. The course will demonstrate how picture-books can be used to encourage families to read and discuss ways to make sense of their experiences, support relationship building, and allow spaces for identity reflection. 2 hrs SS