PCTI Course

Substance Use and Abuse Disorders: Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment (#2134-C)

This dynamic and highly interactive course provides an overview of culturally relevant historical and contemporary perspectives on addictive substances, including a review of the most common substances of abuse and their physical effects, pharmacological actions and clinical implications, as well as the impact of addiction on the individual, the family and society. DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders will be presented, as well as a comprehensive review of bio-psycho-social assessment and diagnostic considerations. Key therapeutic intervention techniques and strategies will be reviewed, along with family and community-based mutual self-help and support resources.

Course Objectives: Upon completing this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the historical and current perspectives on alcohol and other drug use and abuse
  • Explain the difference between illicit drugs and medicine
  • Explain the extent of the alcohol and drug abuse epidemic and its effects on the individual, family and society
  • Assess the substance-related and bio-psycho-social factors that contribute to addiction
  • Explain how addictive substances effect brain function and cause intoxication, withdrawal and dependency
  • Utilize the Disease Concept of addiction in chemical dependency treatment
  • Screen, assess and diagnose common disorders
  • Demonstrate cultural competency in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders
  • Screen and assess for co-occurring disorders, and explain their impact on the individual’s functioning and well-being, as well as treatment outcomes
  • Provide or link clients to integrated treatment programs for working with persons with co-occurring disorders
  • Utilize effective chemical dependency intervention techniques and strategies
  • Describe the impact of addiction on the family system and its members
  • Identify several family intervention methods and describe their strengths and weaknesses
  • Refer to the most notable community-based, mutual self-help groups, make appropriate referral recommendations for clients, and effectively integrate these resources into clinical practice

Instructor: Jeremy Taubman, LCSW

Course #: 2134-C


Dates: 3/25 & 3/26/2019

Time: 8:30am-5:00pm

Location: Pacific Clinics Training Institute 
2471 E. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91107