Patients with History of Substance Use: OT and PTs Roles and Considerations for Treatment

About the Course:
The following course provides in-depth information regarding patients with a history of substance use and why they definitely fit within our scope of practice. Aside from adding more to your therapy knowledge base, this course will reduce your hesitations and questions about why these patients are appropriate for OT and PT services.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe current definitions and DSM-5 criteria for substance use disorders.
  • Recognize how substance use impacts functionality, including ADLs, IADLs and mobility.
  • Identify substance use disorder as a primary and as a secondary diagnosis for patients working with OT and PT.
  • Illustrate current stigmas and discomforts among therapists who work with patients with substance use disorder.
  • Investigate current treatment approaches used by PT and OT for patients with history of substance use disorder.
  • Compare interdisciplinary team members relevant to the plan-of care for patients with substance use disorder.
  • Construct an appropriate initial evaluation approach for patients with substance use disorder using provided assessment tools.