Understanding Substance Use Problems in the Workplace

Understanding Substance Use Problems in the Workplace 

This course is intended to give supervisors and managers an understanding of the competencies needed to identify and to appropriately manage employees with substance use issues. Substance use – particularly in the workplace – carries a stigma that can make it difficult to ask for help or to take steps to assist an impaired employee. In this course, you will learn about the current prevalence of substance use in the U.S. workforce as well as concrete ways that substance use is a problem for the organization, your employees, as well as your employees’ co-workers and loved ones. You will also learn about important considerations to take if you are concerned that an employee is having difficulty with substances.


Hours: 2.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-CV-0-USUPW
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 7/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Cite specific examples of signs that an employee has substance use issues.
Describe how employees who are impaired due to substance use detract from organizational goals.
Demonstrate knowledge of recent research addressing substance use prevalence in the workplace, along with best practices to appropriately manage such employees.
Understand your responsibilities as a manager regarding substance use, including the legal aspects of substance use in the workplace.

Section I: Introduction A. Course Contributors B. About This Course C. Learning Objectives Section II: Substance Issues at Work A. Substance Problems are Bad for Business B. At-Risk Individuals and Industries C. Illicit Drug Use and Work D. The Cost of Drug Use E. Casual Use is a Problem F. Managers also to Blame G. “I Don’t Have a Problem” H. What are Substance Issues? I. What Is a Substance Use Disorder? J. Identifying Substance Use Disorders K. What Is Drug Addiction? L. Is Addiction a Disease? M. Co-Occurring Disorders N. Barriers to Early Intervention O. Enabling: The “Bystander Syndrome” Section III: Dealing with an Employee with Substance Issues A. Assisting an Employee with Substance Issues B. Observation- Know the Indicators of Impairment C. Workplace Performance Indicators D. Documentation E. Record What You Observe F. How and What to Document G. Let’s Practice H. Assistance and Corrective Action Plans I. Fitness for Work J. Know Your Organization’s Policies K. What Can Your Organization Do? L. Substance Use Disorder Programs M. Program Standards N. Training Supervisors O. Employee Assistance Programs P. Drug Testing Q. To Test or Not to Test? R. Prevention Works S. Returning to Work T. Let’s Practice U. Legal Aspects of Substance Use in the Workplace V. Meet Ricardo Section IV: Conclusion A. Summary B. References

Staff Writer: Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D.
With over 15 years of experience practicing and researching psychotherapy interventions, Dr. Singley specializes in the treatment of anxiety, stress, and depression using evidence-based therapy modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, as well as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He also specializes in men’s issues with a particular emphasis on parenthood. Dr. Singley attended the University of Virginia for undergraduate studies and earned his Ph.D. with a doctoral minor in Industrial/Organization Psychology from the nation’s top-ranked Counseling Psychology program at the University of Maryland. During his doctoral studies, he was highly involved in clinical research funded by the National Science Foundation. He completed a Clinical Internship at the University of California, San Diego followed by a clinical research Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry and the La Jolla Veterans Administration Veterans Military Research Foundation. He currently serves as the Past Chair of the Board of the American Psychological Association’s Section on Positive Psychology and serves on the San Diego Psychological Association’s Board of Directors. He regularly presents at professional conferences both nationally and internationally, and has published his research in a variety of peer-reviewed publications. Disclosure: Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: David A. Winter, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SP
​​​​​​​Mr. Winter received an MBA from the University of Richmond and a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute and as a Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management. Mr. Winter has served as an HR executive in a variety of business settings and has more than 30 years of experience as a human resources practitioner. He is currently the president of an HR consulting firm focused on HR strategy and leadership, organizational and individual development, coaching, and training.  Disclosure: David A. Winter, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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