Course Code: REL-BHC-0-AOSUD
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2026
Explain what a substance use disorder is, how it develops, and how it impacts individuals.
Identify strategies that paraprofessionals can use when working with individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders to encourage behavior change.
Describe the types of treatment that exist for people diagnosed with substance use disorders.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: What is a Substance Use Disorder?
Definition of Substance Use Disorder
Methods of Substance Use
When Does Substance Use Become a Disorder?
Types of Substance Use Disorders
Factors to Consider
How a Substance Use Disorder Develops
Section 3: Strategies for Facilitating Change
Stages of Change
Building a Therapeutic Relationship
Section 4: Types of Treatment
Making the Referral
Section 5: Conclusion
Bryn Davis, M.Ed, LPC
Bryn Davis received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Virginia and a Master's of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lynchburg College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina. Prior to joining Relias in 2020, she served as Clinical Director of a community mental health agency, developed an intensive treatment program for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders, and provided outpatient counseling focused on trauma-informed care.
Disclosure: Bryn Davis, M.Ed, LPC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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