Teenage Turbulence – Screening and Treatment for Substance Use Disorder in Adolescents

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Course Description

This training aims to increase the understanding and effective management of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in adolescents and discusses the health burden and cost that SUD imposes on them.

The screening process is examined along with an array of tools used to detect the disorder in its early stages; including an in-depth review of the SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) process. Various treatment options are covered.

The role of the interprofessional team in managing and treating SUD in adolescents is explored. Participants will understand how physicians, mental health counselors, school educators, nurses, social workers, and addiction specialists can collaborate to provide effective treatment.

Intended Audience

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Social Workers

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, healthcare providers will be able to: 

  • Define substance use disorder in adolescents
  • Explain the health burden and cost of SUD in adolescents
  • Detail the screening process and tools for SUD in adolescents
  • Describe the SBIRT process and treatment options for adolescents with SUD
  • Delineate the roles for members of the interprofessional team regarding best practices and resources for adolescent SUD treatment
Credit/Contact Hours
  • Mary Ellen Biggerstaff, DNP, MPH, FNP
    Assistant Professor, Frontier Nursing University
  • Rhonna Nelson, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC, P.C.
    Clinical Therapist
Development Team
  • Trisha Moreno
  • English
Release Date
January 31, 2024
Expiration Date
January 31, 2027
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Case Studies
  • Take Home Resource
  • Ungraded Self Assessment-Lesson Recall
  • Video Narration
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Daily CE Broker Reporting for Registered Boards
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
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