Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Clients with Substance Use Disorders


Course Description: This course is designed to enhance social workers' awareness, values, knowledge, skills, and methods of practice across settings, where priorities may vary greatly (and addresses principles that are valuable to all mental health professionals). This course is intended to inform practice and interventions with clients who have Substance Use Disorders (SUDs); improve the quality of treatment for clients with SUDs; and encourage professionals’ awareness of the knowledge, skills, competencies, and attitudes necessary to work effectively with clients who have SUDs, their families, and other service providers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze guiding principles, shifting trends, and goals of the ethical standards in treating clients with substance use disorders
  • Interpret specific standards that address ethical responsibilities in treating clients with substance use disorders

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):  Maurice S. Fisher Sr., PhD, LCSW, LSATP, BCD, Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, and Katherine van Wormer, PhD, MSSW

Content Publisher(s): National Association of Social Workers

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Fisher has been in clinical practice for 30 years. He is currently in full-time clinical practice at Comprehensive Counseling Services, Inc., in Roanoke, Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and a doctoral degree in clinical social work and social policy.

Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS has nearly two decades of experience and is a private practitioner specializing in treating Trauma & Stress Related Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Addictions. She earned her Master of Social Work and became certified in Social Work Practice with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from East Carolina University.

Dr. van Wormer is Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa. Her Ph.D. is in sociology from the University of Georgia.

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 1 social work ethics continuing education clock hours.

New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
CEmobile, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0454.
The Education Law and Commissioner’s Regulations allow a LMSW or LCSW to complete no more than one-third of the required hours as self-study in each registration period. This would translate to a limit of 12 hours for a typical 36-month registration period.
A New York State LMSW or LCSW is responsible for complying with New York laws, rules and regulations.

This course does not qualify for NBCC credit.

Reminder: The information presented in this course is for informational purposes only and is not meant to serve as ethical or legal advice. For ethical or legal advice, please contact a professional organization, state licensing board, or attorney.

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