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Adults in the Criminal Justice System & Substance Abuse Treatment

A continuing education course for 15 ces

consisting of reading and taking a post-test on:

Substance Abuse Treatment For Adults in the Criminal Justice System

Who Should Attend

Fulfills CA BBS & BOP mandatory substance abuse training and mandated prelicensure requirement


Form the Executive Summary:

For men and women whose struggle with substance abuse brings them into
contact with the legal system, the personal losses can be enormous: families
can break apart, health deteriorates, freedom is restricted, and far too
often, lives are lost. But this is just the beginning of the potential devastation.
Personal costs to the victims of crime are immeasurable. The effects
of every theft, burglary, and violent crime reverberate throughout the
whole community. Economic losses include the costs of arresting, processing,
and incarcerating offenders, as well as the costs of police protection,
increased insurance rates, and property losses.
Strong empirical evidence over the past few decades consistently has
shown that substance abuse treatment reduces crime. For many people in
need of alcohol and drug treatment, contact with the criminal justice system
is their first opportunity for treatment. A substance use disorder may
be recognized and diagnosed for the first time, and legal incentives to
enter substance abuse treatment sometimes motivate the individual to
begin recovery. For other offenders, arrest and incarceration are part of a
recurring cycle of drug abuse and crime. Ingrained patterns of maladaptive
coping skills, criminal values and beliefs, and a lack of job skills may
require a more intensive treatment approach, particularly among offenders
with a prolonged history of substance abuse and crime.
This TIP was developed to provide recommendations and best practice
guidelines to counselors and administrators based on the research literature
and the experience of seasoned treatment professionals. It covers the
full range of criminal justice settings and all the phases through which an
individual progresses in the criminal justice system. It addresses both clinical
and programmatic areas of treatment. The consensus panel defined
the areas highlighted below as important in efforts to achieve the treatment
objectives of recovery and a life in the community for everyone.

Screening and Assessment
A vital first step in providing substance abuse
treatment to people under criminal justice
supervision is to identify offenders in need of
treatment. In the criminal justice system,
screening often is equated with “eligibility,”
and assessment often is equated with “suitability.”
To do this effectively, the consensus panel
recommends that protocols be developed to
determine which offenders need substance
abuse treatment, assess the extent of their
treatment needs, and ensure that they receive
the treatment they need. Obtaining accurate
and reliable information during screening and
assessment can be a challenge; offenders do not
always accurately report drug or alcohol problems.
Other collateral sources of information
(e.g., drug test results, correctional records)
can be combined with self-report information
to make referral decisions. For example, in
many correctional facilities, urine tests are
used to flag the need for treatment—even when
an offender denies recent substance abuse.
Many offenders who abuse substances have co-occurring
mental disorders that can make
treatment more complex. They should therefore
be screened for other psychological or
emotional problems. Offenders who are initially
assessed as having symptoms of co-occurring
disorders should be evaluated over an extended
period of time to determine whether these
symptoms resolve in the absence of substance
A significant number of offenders who abuse
substances also have histories of trauma and
physical or sexual abuse. Screening and assessment
of a history of physical and sexual abuse
should be conducted routinely, particularly in
settings that include female offenders. Staff
training is needed to develop effective interviewing
approaches related to the history of
abuse, counseling approaches for addressing
abuse and trauma issues, and in making referrals
to mental health services.

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California Board of Behavioral Science accepts our CE Provider Approvals through APA, NASW, and NBCC. Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science
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NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals (#575)
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Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (#1761)
The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)

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Your test will be graded online, so the moment you have passed, you may print out your certificate of completion.

That's it! You are done!


Learning Objectives

The Clinician will be able to:

  1. Identify offenders in need of treatment.
  2. Discuss the role of co-occurring mental disorders that can
    make treatment more complex.
  3. Identify,, screen, and assess clients for a history of physical and sexual abuse routinely, particularly in settings that include female offenders.
  4. Discuss triage as it pertains to placement decisions and considerations regarding the offender’s motivation and readiness for change, the length of sentence or incarceration, history of previous treatment, violence potential, and other related security or management issues.
  5. Develop treatment plans that specify which services the offender-client needs, at what level of intensity, and which of the available resources (e.g., personal, program- based, or criminal justice) will be most beneficial.
  6. Assess the prisoner who is dealing with anger and hostility and has the stigma of being a criminal, along with the guilt and shame that accompany this, and how it impacts treatment.
  7. Describe subcultures within the prisoner populations: ethnic minorities, women,older adults, violent offenders, people with disabilities, sex offenders, etc.
  8. Differentiate treatment Issues specific to Pretrial and Diversion Settings versus Prison and Jail settings.
  9. Differentiate parolees and probationers, who are both under community supervision and the risks of relapse they face upon returning to the community.



Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs)

Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) are developed by the Center for Substance Abuse
Treatment (CSAT), part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Each TIP
involves the development of topic-specific best-practice guidelines for the prevention and treatment
of substance use and mental disorders. TIPs draw on the experience and knowledge of
clinical, research, and administrative experts of various forms of treatment and prevention. TIPs
are distributed to facilities and individuals across the country. Published TIPs can be accessed via
the Internet at http://www.kap.samhsa.gov.
Although each consensus-based TIP strives to include an evidence base for the practices it
recommends, SAMHSA recognizes that behavioral health is continually evolving, and research
frequently lags behind the innovations pioneered in the field. A major goal of each TIP is
to convey “front-line” information quickly but responsibly. If research supports a particular
approach, citations are provided.



APA Ethics

We do adhere to the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. Our courses are carefully screened by the Planning Committee to adhere to APA standards. We also require authors who compose Internet courses specifically for us follow APA ethical standards.

Many of our courses contain case material, and may use the methods of qualitative research and analysis, in-depth interviews and ethnographic studies. The psychotherapeutic techniques depicted may include play therapy, sandplay therapy, dream analysis, drawing analysis, client and therapist self-report, etc. The materials presented may be considered non-traditional and may be controversial, and may not have widespread endorsement within the profession. www.psychceu.com maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

All material included in this course is either in the public domain, or used with express permission.

Cost of the 15 unit course is $165

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