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Substance Use Disorders 101

It's estimated that there are over 20 million Americans who have at least one addiction; however, fewer than 10% receive treatment.

This online Substance Use Disorders 101 program is an introductory course that provides an overview of substance use disorders, along with evidence-based approaches to prevention, intervention, and treatment. 

Whereas other continuing education courses on substance use and abuse tend to focus on specific professions or specific situations, this course takes a more comprehensive and inclusive approach and is uniquely designed for anyone interested in helping individuals or communities impacted by substance use disorders.

What You'll Learn

 After covering the basics of substance use disorders, you will discover evidence-based models for treatment, recovery, intervention, and prevention of substance use disorders.

In this comprehensive course,  you will learn: 
  • What substance use disorders (SUDs) are and the many causes and risk factors.
  • The challenges of addressing stigmas and the negative impact they can have on access to care and long term recovery.
  • Strategies to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders.
  • How to locate at least three resources for support and the various roles of peer helpers.
  • Identify and describe treatment and recovery options and models. 
  • A process for choosing evidence-based prevention programs and activities based on the specific needs, values, and traditions of your community.

By the end of the online Substance Use Disorder training, you will be prepared to see, support, refer, and encourage anyone facing a challenge with SUDs.

On demand. Access any time.
12 hours of student time
price (2)
Additional Information: Continuing Education Credits: 12 Hours


Oralia Mendez

Oralia Mendez, MPH  Manager, Workforce Development & Community Programs, Oregon State University

Oralia joined the Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation in 2019. Prior to her role, she served as a Health Navigator, also known as a Community Health Worker (CHW), for the Benton County Health Department. Oralia received her bachelor's and MPH in Health Management and Policy from OSU. She is originally from Nyssa in Eastern Oregon.

Sandi Cleveland Phibbs

Sandi Cleveland Phibbs has a PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion/Health Behavior from Oregon State University and a Master's in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She has worked professionally in the public health field since 2004. Currently, Dr. Phibbs is the Innovation, Evaluation, and Research Manager in the OSU Center for Health Innovation.

Abbey Martin

Abbey Martin has a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration/Entrepreneurship and a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion/Health Behavior, both from Oregon State University. She has worked to develop community partnerships and promote individual and community wellbeing since 2016 as a Peer Support Coach for Oregon State University and Community-Based Organization Liaison for Clackamas County Public Health. She currently serves as a Program Coordinator at the OSU Center for Health Innovation for Coast to Forest, a program that aims to promote mental health and prevent substance use disorders in Oregon.

Slade Thackery

Slade holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University in Writing and a master’s degree from George Fox University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Slade is a mental health professional/educator. Slade's work focuses on pre-adolescent and adolescent development with specific interests in emotional intelligence and social justice. 

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