Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Prenatal Substance Abuse: Short- and Long-term Effects on the Exposed Fetus


Course Description: Prenatal substance abuse continues to be a significant problem in this country and poses important health risks for the developing fetus. This course provides information for the most common drugs involved in prenatal exposure: nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, opiates, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze key issues related to the prevalence, assessment, and mechanism of action for prenatal substance abuse
  • Analyze the medical issues that emerge for newborns due to prenatal substance abuse
  • Analyze the long-term effects due to prenatal drug exposure

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 1 CE Credit or Hour

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Marylou Behnke, MD, Vincent C. Smith, MD, and Committee on Substance Abuse, and Committee on Fetus and Newborn

Content Publisher(s): American Academy of Pediatrics

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Behnke is a professor emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine. For over 20 years, Dr. Behnke served as the medical director of North Central Early Steps, University of Florida’s early intervention (0-3 years) program for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disabilities. In addition, Dr. Behnke is a board-certified neonatologist and pediatrician.

Dr. Smith is Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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