• The Brain Science of Addiction
2021 Behavioral Health Workforce Development Series Ends September 30, 2021 | 11:59 p.m.


The Brain Science of Addiction

Developed January 2020

Deadline for completion is September 30

6 CE Credits

This training is approved for CE for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for chemical dependency counselors in domain C1 and prevention professionals in domain P2.

Level of Course | 300 Advanced

The treatment of substance use disorders has evolved over time. This 6-hour, two-module self-paced course explores the brain science behind addiction through a biopsychosocial lens. Many factors can contribute to the development of a substance use disorder and these factors can be divided into biological, psychological, and social components. Biological components of substance use disorders are the main focus of this first module. The second module will explore the cycle of addiction and how neurobiology impacts varying co-occurring conditions.


  1. Identify the biological, psychological, and social contributions to addiction.
  2. Distinguish how the brain functions when using illicit drugs.
  3. Summarize how brain science has influenced the definition of addiction.

This course is constructed as reading-based and noninteractive.

Developed by Jessica Horstman, LISW-S, LICDC

Jessica began her social work career working with those struggling with chemical dependency. She spent two years in private practice providing comprehensive drug and alcohol assessments and counseling, while also working in a federally qualified health center (FQHC) located inside of Maryhaven, Inc, providing case management and counseling services. She began working as the Chalmers P. Wylie’s VAAC’s pain social worker in December 2013. Mrs. Horstman has participated in the VA’s Evidence Based Practice Roll-Out in July 2014 for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) and serves as a consultant for CBT-CP. In 2016, she was nominated to be a national trainer for CBT-CP. She regularly trains clinicians in CBT-CP nationwide and provides weekly consultation to ensure proficiency.

Evaluations will be immediately downloadable and must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be available to download once the once the evaluation is received.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please contact us at cswce@osu.edu should you need further assistance.

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Generously funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068