FREE SELF-PACED TRAINING
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.
- Identify the biological, psychological, and social contributions to addiction.
- Distinguish how the brain functions when using illicit drugs.
- 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.
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