Quantum Units Education: New CEU Courses

Common Comorbidities with Substance Use Disorders

Many individuals who develop substance use disorders (SUD) are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa.  This CEU course provides information on the state of the science in the comorbidity of substance use disorders with mental illness and physical health conditions.

Military and LGBTQ Adoptions and Foster Care

The adoption process can be challenging at times for any prospective adoptive family, but military and LGBTQ families may face special circumstance not experienced by other families.  This CEU course is designed to help expand cultural competence and skills when working with military and LGBTQ persons and examines laws and policies, benefits, potential challenges, and available resources.

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Quantum Units Education: New CEU Courses

Substance Abuse Counselor Competencies (TAP 21 Updated)

Addiction professionals work in a broad variety of disciplines but share an understanding of the addictive process that goes beyond the narrow confines of any one specialty.  This CEU course addresses the professional standards that should guide substance abuse treatment counselors; the appropriate scope of practice for the field; the competencies that are associated with positive outcomes; and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) that all substance abuse treatment professionals should have in common.

Ecological, Biological, and Developmental Studies of Self-Regulation and Stress

This CEU course addresses important unanswered questions regarding the impact of stress on self-regulation development including how lasting these effects may be, if there are particular periods of development that are more sensitive to its effects, and how individual differences moderate the impact of stress on self-regulation.  Environmental and contextual factors that may increase vulnerability to and protect children from the effects of stress is also examined.

Supporting Pregnant Domestic Violence Survivors in Shelters

Pregnant women’s experiences and needs for emotional support, physical well-being, access to healthcare and other community-based services are significantly different from women who are not pregnant.  This CEU course provides information on the impact of trauma in pregnancy and childbirth.

Ending Conversion Therapy

Negative social attitudes and discrimination related to an individual’s LGBTQ identity can contribute to health and behavioral health disparities, and may result in institutional, interpersonal, and individual stressors that affect mental health and well-being.  This CE course provides information about effective and ineffective therapeutic practices related to children’s and adolescent’s sexual orientation and gender identity.  Specifically, this course addresses the issue of conversion therapy for minors, that is, efforts to change an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Intimate Partner Violence Against Transgender People and People of Color

Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects many LGBTQ and HIV-affected people, yet there remains a great deal of silence surrounding IPV, and many conversations about IPV outside LGBTQ communities are facilitated in a heteronormative context.  This CEU course provides strategies to create dialogue on IPV in transgender communities and communities of color, explores ways to support survivors, and identifies resources for IPV.

Developing a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Program with Behavioral Health Conditions

The majority of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system in this country have a diagnosable behavioral health condition.  This CE course discusses trauma and its effects on youth, especially those with behavioral health conditions; the types of trauma-related disorders, the behavioral manifestations of trauma that youth may display, and factors that affect the severity of trauma-related disorders.  Key elements of a trauma-informed approach within the context of juvenile justice diversion are also described.

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Addiction Treatment Often Does Not Address Needs of LGBTQ Community: Expert

Addiction treatment professionals are often woefully unprepared to care for patients in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, an expert said this week at the New York Society of Addiction Medicine annual meeting.

“Surveys of people in the LGBTQ community who have gone to treatment programs for alcohol or drug addiction find while some programs are very sensitive to their needs, too often they are not,” said Penelope P. Ziegler, MD, Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer of Professionals Resource Network in Fernandina Beach, Florida. “Too often we hear, ‘They put me in a private room because they didn’t know what I would do to my roommate. They treated me like a sex offender. Other patients made homophobic comments and it wasn’t even addressed.’”

LGBTQ patients who have these experiences find it extremely hard to get effective treatment, Dr. Ziegler noted. “Many go out of treatment and relapse. The situation is better than it was, but we still haven’t made nearly as much progress as we need to.”

Full story of addition treatment and LGBTQ at drugfree.org

Quantum Units Education: New CEUs

Children in Foster Care – Parents in Prison

This CEU course provides help with facilitating communication and cooperation between child welfare agencies and federal prisons so that parents can stay engaged in their children’s lives.  Explained in this course are common questions: social workers may have when managing cases of children with parents in federal prison; unit teams in federal prisons may have when working with incarcerated parents with children in foster care; and for those at residential reentry centers.  Also discussed is the incarceration process from arrest to release and the child welfare system’s process from initial report and the child’s placement in foster care to case planning and working towards a permanent solution.

Sexual Violence and Individuals Who Identify as LGBTQ

This CEU course provides information to state and community-based sexual violence prevention educators and practitioners on preventing sexual violence against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ), by discussing background information, practical tips, and examples of existing LGBTQ-inclusive sexual violence prevention efforts and recommendations on how to design LGBTQ-specific prevention programming.

Hunger and Homelessness

This CEU course provides health care workers with information on hunger among the homeless, focusing on the following topics: the hunger-obesity paradox; undernutrition and its consequences; challenges faced by those with diabetes; living on food stamps; and examples of creative and sustainable ways currently being used to address these problems at a local level.

Optimal Living Space for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

This CEU course provides: the history of Alzheimer’s care facilities; a model of residential care; case studies; and design considerations for Alzheimer’s disease relating to way-finding and orientation, safety and security, entry and egress, bathing, secure outdoor spaces, private and quiet spaces, engaged wandering, and supporting family and professional caregiver involvement, among other aspects.

THRIVES – Prevention of Violence Against Children

This CEU course provides an overview of THRIVES and discusses the topics of: training in parenting; household economic strengthening; reduced violence through legal protection; improved services; values and norms that protect children; education and life skills; and surveillance and evaluation.

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New Treatment Program at Betty Ford Aims to Treat LGBTQ Patients

A new program at the Betty Ford Center will provide addiction treatment designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LBGTQ) people.

The center, located in Rancho Mirage, California, conducted research that found more than twice as many LGBTQ patients with a substance use disorder have dealt with physical and emotional abuse, compared with their heterosexual counterparts, USA Today reports. The research also found a higher rate of chemical dependence among LGBTQ people.

Full story of Betty Ford’s Center new addiction treatment at drugfree.org