Treatment Approaches for Adolescent Substance Use

By Jennifer Kolb, LCSW
Target Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Delivery Method: Online, Self-Paced
Credits: 2 CE Credit Hours


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Jennifer Kolb, LCSW; Social Work Consultant, reviewed and determined the course meets requirements for continuing education in the field of social work. This course is appropriate for masters and clinical level social workers. Jennifer graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She specializes in school-based psychotherapy with children and adolescents, as well as licensing exam coaching and preparation. 

Content By: This guide is published through National Institute on Drug Abuse with review by Tina Burrell, M.A., Connie Cahalan, Barbara Cimaglio, Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D., Rochelle Head-Dunham, M.D., Scott W. Henggeler, Ph.D., Sharon Levy, M.D., M.P.H., Kenneth J. Martz, Psy.D., CAS, Kathy Paxton, M.S., and Paula D. Riggs, M.D. Directed by Nora D. Volkow, M.D. 2014. 

Course Description:

This course discusses how and why adolescents are vulnerable to substance use disorders and provides examples of evidence-based practices and treatment options for this specific population.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain the primary characteristics of addiction.
  2. List treatment settings for low to severe levels of substance use.
  3. Describe the most effective treatment and practices offered for adolescents suffering from substance use disorders.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of why adolescents are more prone to drug use at this specific stage in life.

Course Format:

Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete a multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete a course evaluation. 


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