Understanding and Battling the Disease of Addiction

man interviewing another man who is holding his head in distress

This free social work approved continuing education course provides convenient online training to anyone interested in helping individuals with substance use disorders.

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Module One: The Disease of Addiction

At the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between substance use as a choice and a disease

  2. Describe how the brain is impacted by substance use and abuse

  3. Name at least 3 of the 6 stages of change

Module Two: Stigma Reduction

At the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe social and professional stigma as it relates to substance abuse

  2. Identify stigmatized language in the workplace

  3. List 4 ways to address stigma in the workplace

Module 3: Key Elements of Motivational Interviewing Strategies

At the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Paraphrase a definition of motivational interviewing

  2. List the 4 basic skills necessary for an effective MI conversation

  3. List the 4 processes that frame the MI conversation

Continuing Education

This e-learning series has been approved for 1 continuing education hour through co-sponsorship of Temple University Harrisburg, a PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselor pre-approved provider of continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW/LMFT/LPC biennial license renewal. Certificates of attendance documenting continuing education hours will be issued by Temple University Harrisburg.

Registration Notes

Online registration is required for these e-learning courses.  There are no cancellation fees.


Jennifer Donahue
Jennifer Donahue

Program Manager