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Course Overview

For decades, complete abstinence from addictive substances has been the basis of treatment for substance use disorders in the United States. Though many treatment professionals strongly believe that full recovery requires total abstinence, many people in recovery never completely stop using, which holds the concept of recovery to an unattainable standard. Other professionals believe that while abstinence is a worthy goal, a harm reduction approach can prevent deaths and keep people alive and healthier in cases when total abstinence has not worked. In fact, harm reduction has been shown to be effective in preventing overdoses and saving lives.In this course, you will learn that harm reduction asserts that to treat substance use disorder effectively, multiple options must be considered. You also will learn that treatment needs for persons who are not ready to become completely abstinent should be considered and provided. Using interactive exercises and relevant vignettes, you will have the opportunity to apply your acquired knowledge so that you can use it when needed in your own setting. This training is designed for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, alcohol and drug counselors, case managers, and others who work closely with people with substance use disorders. After completing this course, you will have the skills needed to effectively employ a harm reduction model.

About the Course Author

Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.

In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.

Naju Madra, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Colin J. Peters LCSW, CADC currently operates a private practice, The Chicago Harm Reduction Therapy Center in Evanston, IL with his partner, Erica Ernst. LCSW, CADC. Through this practice, they operate the only Moderation Management meeting in the Chicago area. Colin earned his MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago's Jane Addams School of Social Work with a concentration in mental health. Over the past 20 years, Colin has worked in different roles from outreach worker to inpatient psychiatric social worker. Before leaving Mercy Hospital, Chicago to start the Chicago Harm Reduction Therapy Center, he held the office of Programs Manager for Partial and Intensive Outpatient psychiatric programs and the Chemical Dependency program. Colin J. Peters LCSW, CADC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Erica C. Ernst, LCSW, RDDP, EMT-P, CADC has worked in the fields of mental health, substance use, and homeless services for 25 years, joining Renaissance Social Services, Inc. as their Clinical Director, last year. Erica formerly worked at Thresholds for 21 years in permanent supportive housing, street, and CTA homeless outreach, and HIV testing services. Erica has volunteered with the Chicago Recovery Alliance for the last 10 years, providing naloxone, HCV/HIV testing, clean injection and smoking supplies, and offering counseling. Erica C. Ernst, LCSW, RDDP, EMT-P, CADC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Certificates provided by accrediting body (31 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    1.25HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


  • American Psychological Association

    1.25HOURS

    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is approved to offer co-sponsored psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.
  • California Board of Registered Nursing

    1.25HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    1.20HOURS

    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 1.2 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

    1.25HOURS

    Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
  • Illinois Professional Counselor/Clinical Counselor

    1.25HOURS

    This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
  • National Board for Certified Counselors

    1.25HOURS



    Relias, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Relias , LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours
  • Ohio Marriage and Family Therapist Board

    1.25HOURS

    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Provider # RTX050401 CEBroker Provider 50-290 This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours
  • Ohio Professional Counselor Board

    1.25HOURS

    Ohio Counselor, Social WOrker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Provider # RCX100502 CEBroker Provider: 50-290 This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
  • Ohio Social Worker Board

    1.25HOURS

    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board CEBroker Provider: 50-290 This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
  • Texas State Board of Professional Counselors

    1.25HOURS

    This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists

    1.25HOURS

    This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
  • Association of Social Work Boards

    1.25HOURS


    As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Relias LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.25 Clinical continuing education credits.


    Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, post-tests. This module is Reading-Based.
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Social Work Unit

    1.25HOURS

    Relias, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0009. Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of licensed master social work and licensed clinical social work in New York. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice for an LMSW and LCSW. A licensee who practices beyond the authorized scope of practice could be charged with unprofessional conduct under the Education Law and Regents Rules. As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias Learning are considered “self-study” under section 74.10(c)(2)(ii)(b)(4) of the Commissioner’s Regulations. The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months. Social workers will receive 1.25 continuing education hours for participating in this course. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
  • Florida Board of Psychology

    1.20HOURS

    Florida Board Of Psychology (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    1.25HOURS

    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Marriage and Family Therapist Continuing Education Sponsor

    1.25HOURS

    This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Counselors (MHC)

    1.25HOURS

    Relias, LLC, is recognized by New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0011 As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias, LLC are considered "self-study". The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)

    1.25HOURS

    Relias, LLC, is recognized by New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0009 As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias are considered "self-study". The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    1.25HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

    1.25HOURS

    This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Medicine

    1.25HOURS

    Florida Board of Medicine (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
  • Florida Physician Assistants

    1.25HOURS

    Florida Physician Assistants (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    1.25HOURS

    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners

    1.25HOURS

    South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners (CEBroker Provider 50-290)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    1.25HOURS

    N/A
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    1.25HOURS

    N/A
  • American Psychological Association

    1.25HOURS

    N/A
  • National Board for Certified Couneslors

    1.25HOURS

    N/A
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board of Psychology

    1.25HOURS

    N/A


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-HHS-0-ADDICTION1
  • Hours:

    1.25
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2018-08-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2021-09-30
  • Learning Objectives:

    Define harm reduction and its primary components.; Identify and apply strategies for implementation of harm reduction.; Summarize 3 best practices of harm reduction.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Overview of Harm Reduction
    Meet Zorah
    What Is Harm Reduction?
    How Does Harm Reduction Differ from Traditional Models of Care?
    A Timeline of Harm Reduction Efforts
    Safe Injection Facilities
    Harm Reduction through Housing First Programs
    Recent Meta Studies
    Meet Ian
    Summary
    Section 3: Harm Reduction through Naloxone and Needle Exchange Programs
    History and Need
    Purpose and Modes of Operation
    Benefits of Mobile NSPs
    Pros and Cons of the Mobile Model for NSPs
    NSPs and the Law
    Naloxone Distribution
    Involving Police Departments in NSP Efforts
    Quick Check
    Epidemiological Evidence Supporting NSPs
    Peer-to-Peer Naloxone Training and Distribution
    Remember Counselor Lin?
    Summary
    Section 4: Harm Reduction through Medication-Assisted and Other Treatment Methods
    Meet Riley
    Methadone and Suboxone® Treatment – Current Findings
    Medical Cannabis
    Quick Check
    Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Harm Reduction
    Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE)
    Quick Check
    Goal Adjustment
    Alternative Treatments
    Review
    Summary
    Section 5: Conclusion
    Summary
    Course Contributors
    Resources
    References
    Congratulations!
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Beginner, Intermediate level Social Workers; Entry level Psychologists; Intermediate level Professional Counselors; Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.