Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Introduction to ADHD and Substance Use Disorders


Course Description: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood mental disorders, and it can persist through adolescence and adulthood. The medications most commonly used to treat ADHD are stimulants, and survey data show that abuse of prescription stimulants is on the rise. This course discusses the co-occurrence of ADHD and substance use disorders (SUDs), the misuse of prescription stimulants, and treatment and prevention approaches to these problems.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD
    • Analyze the relationship between ADHD and substance use disorders
    • Describe the misuse of prescription of stimulant medications by people with and without prescription
    • Analyze the treatment of co-occurring ADHD and 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): Alden Hori, PhD, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Content Publisher(s): National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Course Author(s) Qualifications:

    Dr. Hori earned a PhD in psychology from the University of California at Riverside. Subsequently, Dr. Hori was employed by an education company in the mental health field for over 18 years. He served as an Educational Consultant and Director of Academic Affairs for this organization. His duties revolved around the mental health field, and included: researching the psychological literature to keep abreast of current clinical topics; writing updates for educational courses; developing new educational courses; and presenting over 200 live workshops for psychologists-in-training.

    Finally, Dr. Hori was an Associate-In Professor and Research Assistant at the University of California at Riverside, where he supervised the completion of over 50 research projects in psychology. He is credited with three publications in peer-reviewed journals.

    Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate

    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: 05/02/2017 – 05/02/2018. 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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