1. Understand a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance use.
2. Recognize the social, political, economic, and cultural context within which addiction and substance abuse exist, including risk and resiliency factors that characterize individuals and groups and their living environments.
3. Describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances on the user and significant others.
4. Recognize the potential for substance use disorders to mimic a variety of medical and psychological disorders and the potential for medical and psychological disorders to co-exist with addiction and substance abuse.

1. Describe the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and other substance-related problems.
2. Recognize the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment and recovery process.
3. Understand the importance of research and outcome data and their application in clinical practice.
4. Understand the value of an interdisciplinary approach to addiction treatment.

1. Understand the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
2. Describe a variety of helping strategies for reducing the negative effects of substance use, abuse, and dependence.
3. Tailor helping strategies and treatment modalities to the client’s stage of dependence, change, or recovery.
4. Provide treatment services appropriate to the personal and cultural identity and language of the client.
5. Adapt practice to the range of treatment settings and modalities.
6. Be familiar with medical and pharmacological resources in the treatment of substance use disorders.
7. Understand the variety of insurance and health maintenance options available and the importance of helping clients access those benefits.
8. Recognize that crisis may indicate an underlying substance use disorder and may be a window of opportunity for change.
9. Understand the need for and the use of methods for measuring treatment outcome.

1. Understand diverse cultures and incorporate the relevant needs of culturally diverse groups, as well as people with disabilities, into clinical practice.
2. Understand the importance of self-awareness in one’s personal, professional, and cultural life.
3. Understand the addiction professional’s obligations to adhere to ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.
4. Understand the importance of ongoing supervision and continuing education in the delivery of client services.
5. Understand the obligation of the addiction professional to participate in prevention as well as treatment. 6. Understand and apply setting-specific policies and procedures for handling crisis or dangerous situations, including safety measures for clients and staff.

Contact Hours: 2

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes


  • Learn about serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, GABA, glutamate, and their functions and influence on behavior
  • Identify the impact of neurochemical imbalances
  • Learn about common neurobiological changes in human development.

Learner Objectives
  • Explain why pain management matters.
  • Name various treatment team members.
  • List drug and non-drug treatment options.
  • Learn the three classes of analgesics.
  • Name goals of pain therapy.
  • Develop skills for communicating with a medical practitioner about pain.
  • Describe pain using numerical, verbal and visual scales.
  • Discuss concerns for use of opiod medication for pain treatment.
  • Discuss and describe the "Opiod Contract".
  • List the five classes of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
  • Identify prevalence of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the U.S.
  • Compare and contrast Injection and Infusion therapies.
  • Identify benefits and drawbacks of various treatments.
  • Learn four stress management techniques.
  • Classify methods of pain management that can be completed by the client on their own.
  • Learn about promising new treatment options.


1. Identify the most commonly used and abused drugs

2. identify symptoms of overdose and withdrawal from most commonly abused drugs

3. define protracted withdrawal

4. define tolerance and cross tolerance

5. match substance effects on the body with the correct substance

6. identify the effects of each substance on unborn children

7. discuss the effects of each substance on athletic performance

8. become familiar with the Jellinek curve

9. identify web sites and activities to use when doing community education presentations

Contact Hours: 4

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, 


  • Define neurotransmitters and what role they may play in drug use and mental illness
  • Identify common drugs of abuse, signs of intoxication & withdrawal
  • Develop a protocol for patient evaluation 
  • Discuss data and information gathering methods
  • Identify resources to research medications and drugs patients may be taking
  • Hypothesize reasons for possible accidental overdose

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Pharmacology: Stimulants, Depressants, Hallucinogens

Contact Hours: 3

Instructor: Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD,


Identify the following for each class of drugs: Stimulants, Depressants and Hallucinogens
~Common types of drugs in this category
~Short and long term biological, and psychological effects on the person
~Proposed Medication Assisted Treatments (if any)


  • Identify the primary medications used to manage substance withdrawal and describe when they should be used
  • Identify the drugs currently FDA-approved for the treatment of substance use disorders
  • Identify a patient's stage of disease and whether and when to use pharmacotherapy including key indications and contraindications.
  • To identify and define the purpose of 9 types of psychotropic drug classes.
  • To name common side effects and risks of these classes of drugs.
  • To list the five strategies for aiding tobacco users willing to quit (Five A's) and unwilling to quit (5 Rs).
  • To identify and describe life-threatening syndromes that can develop as a result of taking psychopharmacological medication.
  • To educate the counselor in ways to encourage medication compliance in client sessions.
  • Discuss the different self-help group options
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of each type of self-help group


  • Explore the various symptoms of neurotransmitter imbalance in a transdiagnostic framework
  • Review the symptoms of excess and deficiency of serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, GABA and Glutamate.
  • Identify physiological, cognitive and environmental factors to improve neurotransmitter regulation
  • Explore the interaction between the neurotransmitters.


6 Hours

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes; Stephanie Adams

1. To identify and define the purpose of 9 types of psychotropic drug classes.
2. To name common side effects and risks of these classes of drugs.
3. To list the five strategies for aiding tobacco users willing to quit (Five A’s) and unwilling to quit (5 Rs).
4. To identify and describe life-threatening syndromes that can develop as a result of taking psychopharmacological medication.
5. To familiarize the counselor with ways to interact with their client’s medical doctor.
6. To educate the counselor in ways to encourage medication compliance in client sessions.

Contact Hours: 6

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP

Text: Psychotherapeutic Medications: What Every Counselor Should Know   Mid Atlantic ATTC/SAMHSA Publiction: http://www.attcnetwork.org/userfiles/file/MidAmerica/Psychmeds%202011_FINAL%20as%20of%203-1-11.pdf


  • Review the use of Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, and  Antipsychotic/Atypical Antipsychotic medications in the treatment of mental health and co-occurring disorders
  • Discuss the varied clinical picture when there is a co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issue
  • Examine the current information regarding the use of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of behavioral addictions
  • Generic and Brand Medication Names
  • Purpose
  • Usual Dose and Frequency
  • Potential Side Effects
  • Emergency Conditions
  • Cautions
  • Substance Use Disorders Treatment Medications