The evidence-based certificate program is designed for clinicians, across a range of treatment settings, who assess and provide services to individuals with SUDs. The program is well-suited for clinicians seeking advanced competencies in evidence-based approaches for engaging and retaining clients in SUD treatment and for enhancing SUD treatment outcomes.

Program participants will engage in didactic and experiential learning in the following content areas:

  • Screening and assessment of substance misuse and SUDs
    • Including the Treatment Assignment Protocol (TAP) assessment and assessments that meet the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions.
  • The neurobehavioral effects of substance use
  • Major drug classifications, routes of drug administration and drug intoxication effects
  • Evidence-supported interventions (including pharmacological treatment, Motivational Interviewing (MI), cognitive-behavioral interventions, and motivational incentives) for treating SUDs
  • Opioid overdose prevention and treatment including Narcan training
  • Health and treatment disparities among specific populations with SUDs, and ethical considerations in SUD treatment delivery.

This in-person training program includes three credit hours in ethical issues related to SUD service delivery. The program will include a variety of instructional formats to enhance participant learning and skill application.


Program participants will learn:

1) The current “state of knowledge” related to substance use disorders (SUDs) and emerging directions in science and treatment:

2) How to identify evidence-supported screening and assessment tools and how to apply essential skills for conducting screening and assessment;

3) Select major drug classifications, routes of drug administration, and intoxication effects;

4) The principles and techniques of example evidence-supported interventions for treating SUDs; 

5) Recognition and treatment of opioid overdose;

6) The treatment barriers and needs of pregnant and parenting women; and

7) Frequently encountered ethical issues related to the delivery of SUD-related services.

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