Adolescent Substance Use Disorders
About the Course
The key risk periods for substance use disorders (SUD) occur during life transitions, such as adolescence. This means that substance use assessment and intervention is especially critical for the adolescent population. The emphasis of this course is on helping healthcare professionals effectively assess adolescents for substance use disorders and intervene effectively with adolescents who are dealing with such disorders.
- Discuss the incidence and prevalence of substance use disorders.
- Explain the process of assessing adolescents for potential substance use disorders.
- Identify coexisting morbidities that occur with SUD.
- Describe the continuum of care for adolescents dealing with SUD.
- Discuss the various treatment options for SUD.
About the Authors
Simona Pozzetto, LICSW was born and raised in Italy, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Psychology. After moving to Massachusetts, Ms. Pozzetto achieved her MSW and completed the Certificate Program in Jewish Communal and Clinical Social Work at Simmons College and Hebrew College in 2003. Ms. Pozzetto worked in community mental health clinics and long-term care facilities as a clinical therapist, initially focusing on children and adolescents, then mostly on adults and the elderly. In 2014, Ms. Pozzetto obtained her LICSW, and after a few years in management, in 2020, opened a private practice. During her career, Ms. Pozzetto has specialized in trauma work, dissociative disorders, mood disorders, and end-of-life issues. In June 2021, Ms. Pozzetto obtained her Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGP) Certification.
Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed, RN is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and healthcare author. She earned a doctoral degree in adult education and an MS in nursing from Penn State University, and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care, physical medicine, and rehabilitation settings, as well as numerous leadership roles in professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development.
How to Receive Credit
- Read the entire course online or in print.
- Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
- Provide required personal information and payment information.
- Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
- Print your Certificate of Completion.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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