Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood


Course Description: This course begins with a list of 7 principles addressing the specific ways in which early interventions can have positive effects on development; these principles reflect findings on the influence of intervening early with vulnerable populations on the course of child development and on common elements of successful early childhood programs. This is followed, in “Why is Early Childhood Important to Substance Abuse Prevention?” and “Risk and Protective Factors,” with an overview of child development from the prenatal period through age 8 and the various factors that either place a child at risk for later substance use or offer protection against that risk.

“Intervening in Early Childhood” describes common elements of early childhood interventions that target individual, family, school, and community precursors of drug use, abuse, and addiction. “Research-Based Early Intervention Substance Abuse Prevention Programs” includes information on specific early childhood intervention programs, and a section on “Selected Resources” provides links to many Federal agencies, professional and academic organizations, and non-governmental agencies that engage in early-childhood-prevention–related initiatives. Two appendices go into greater detail on how early childhood interventions are designed and how to select the right intervention for a community’s specific needs.

Early childhood risks can lead to immediate and long-term problems that increase a child’s chances of substance abuse and other problems in adolescence and later in life. It is now known that intervening early is a worthwhile strategy for setting children on a healthier path that may avoid these difficulties.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply the principles of substance abuse prevention for early childhood
  • Assess the impact of early childhood intervention on substance abuse prevention
  • Analyze the risk and protective factors associated with substance abuse
  • Evaluate the benefits of interventions during early childhood
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of various researched-based intervention programs for substance abuse prevention

Course Components:

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

Course Credit(s): 4 CE Credits or Hours

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

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Elizabeth B. Robertson, PhD, Belinda E. Sims, PhD, and Eve E. Reider, PhD

Content Publisher(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Robertson is Associate Dean for Research, College of Human Environmental Sciences at University of Alabama. She was formerly with the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Dr. Sims joined the Prevention Research Branch at NIDA in June 2005. Dr. Sims received her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She was the program official for the Child and Adolescent Preventive Intervention program at the National Institute of Mental Health prior to becoming a program official at NIDA, and a Faculty Research Associate in the Department of Mental Hygiene (now Mental Health) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health prior to joining NIH.

Dr. Reider is a program director in the Clinical Research Branch at NCCIH. Dr. Reider worked from 2000 to 2015 in the Prevention Research Branch (PRB) at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), serving in many capacities, including Acting Branch Chief and Deputy Branch Chief. Dr. Reider received her doctoral degree in child/family clinical psychology at Michigan State University and worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine prior to becoming a Health Scientist Administrator at NIDA in 2000.

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: 5/2/2021-5/2/2024. 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 4 clinical continuing education clock hours.

American Psychological Association
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New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
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Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
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American Psychological Association (APA)

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