Quantum Units Eduation: New CEUs

The HIV Clinic – Providing Quality Care

This CEU course provides health care professionals working with the HIV-infected population information on supporting patients in care, clinical management, quality improvement, Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau performance measures, HIV care in correctional settings, and patient education.

Youth in Foster Care – Assessment of Work Preparation

How youth in foster care who participated in the Multi-Site Evaluation of Foster Youth Programs Life Skills Training Program rated their preparedness for work at age 17 is described in this short CEU course, as well as exploring whether their assessments accurately predict employment two years later.  Also examined is whether youth who feel more prepared for work actually are more prepared at age 19.

Therapeutic Communities

Therapeutic communities are a common form of long-term residential treatment for substance use disorders.  This CEU course discusses the therapeutic community approach, the effectiveness of therapeutic communities, fundamental components, methods of providing treatment, treating populations with special needs, and integration of therapeutic communities into the criminal justice system.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

The toxic stress that results from trauma often negatively influences brain development and attachment systems, and can greatly impact individuals and societies. This CE course was developed based on Bessel van der Kolk MD’s most recent book on body/mind trauma and healing and draws on more than 30 years of research and clinical practice to show how the terror and isolation that is at the core of trauma literally reshapes both the brain and body. New insights into our survival instincts explain why traumatized people experience incomprehensible anxiety and numbing as well as intolerable rage, and how trauma affects their capacity to concentrate, to remember, to form trusting relationships, and even to feel at home in their own bodies.

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Meth Use on the Rise Among Gay and Bisexual Black and Hispanic Men in New York

Methamphetamine is growing in popularity among gay and bisexual black and Hispanic men in New York, according to The New York Times.

Meth can intensify sexual desire while delaying orgasm for hours, the article notes. Previously, the drug was popular among affluent white gay and bisexual men. Meth use moved underground when its use was linked to rising HIV infection rates.

Joseph Ruggiero, an addiction specialist who founded a group therapy program for gay and bisexual men who abuse meth, said initially 85 to 90 percent of participants were white. Starting two or three years ago, the program shifted to mostly black and Hispanic participants.

Full story of meth rise for gay and bisexual men in NY at drugfree.org

Congress Unlikely to Overturn Ban on Spending Federal Money for Needle Exchanges

Congress appears unlikely to overturn a ban on using federal money for needle exchanges, despite a severe outbreak of HIV and hepatitis due to increased heroin use in several states,The New York Times reports.

The ban, put into place in 1988, prohibits federal money from being used to distribute sterile syringes to people who use intravenous drugs. Research has shown such programs can reduce the spread of disease, the article notes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that acute hepatitis C infections more than tripled from 2007 to 2012 among young people in rural areas in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. About 73 percent of those hepatitis C patients said they injected drugs. Injecting drugs can spread the hepatitis C virus when people share needles.

Full story of ban on spending federal money for needle exchanges at drugfree.org

Fast-Spreading HIV Outbreak in Indiana Linked to Injection of Painkiller

Health officials in Indiana say a fast-spreading outbreak of HIV in Indiana is largely due to injection drug abuse of the prescription painkiller Opana. The powerful drug is more potent, per milligram, than OxyContin.

State health officials said Wednesday they have confirmed 26 cases, and have four additional suspected cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, injection drug users represent 8 percent of new HIV infections annually.

Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says most of the residents who tested positive for HIV contracted the virus recently, and may spread it to others, USA Today reports.

Full story of HIV outbreak at drugfree.org

QUANTUM UNITS EDUCATION: New CEU Courses

New! HIV and Drugs of Abuse Revised

CE Course Description
This short CE Course is based on an updated research report by NIDA that highlights the state of the science between HIV and drug abuse.

New! HIV Update and Special Populations

CE Course Description
This short CE course on HIV and Special Populations is an update from the Center for Disease Control and addresses new data related to special populations in the United States.

New! Diagnoses and Health Care of Children in Foster Care and Covered by Medicaid

CE Course Description
This course was developed from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration informational and Truven Health Analytics report which presents (1) the prevalence of mental and physical illnesses and (2) the utilization of health care services among children in foster care (FC) who are covered by Medicaid.  Disparities between the children in FC and children covered by Medicaid who are not in FC are also identified.

New! Use of Benzodiazepines in the Treatment of PTSD

CE Course Description
This short course is an update by the National Center for PTSD/VA Medical Center on current recommendations regarding benzodiazepine use in PTSD treatment.

Homestudy: The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction

Course Description
This course was developed from the book, The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping with the Grief, Stress, and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behavior by Rebecca E. Williams, PhD, and Julie Kraft, MA. It is designed to provide strategies for long tem wellness and recovery for those who have faced addiction, including getting to know thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns and finding a path toward self-acceptance, transformation, and healing. The course outlines mindfulness practices that will benefit those in recovery as well as the professionals who work with them.

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