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The Hidden Challenge: Strategies to Address Substance Use Disorders in Your Clinical Practice

Presented by Thomas E. Freese PhD

Presenter Bio

Thomas E. Freese, PhD, Clinical Psychology is Director of the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP), Director of Training and Dissemination in the Division of Addiction Psychiatre, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has conducted trainings on a wide variety of topics related to clinical interventions for substance use disorder, medicines for addiction treatment, and culturally responsive care. Dr. Freese has been a featured presenter at conferences and meetings across the US and internationally.

This presentation will provide an overview of current drug trends nationally and in California. Dr. Freese will offer a review of psychological and physical effects of substance use including alcohol, opioids, and stimulants and offer information on emerging drug trends and practical suggestions for addressing substance use disorders in the context of your clinical practice. This will include strategies for having collaborative conversations with clients about substance use, identifying when substance use might be a problem, addressing problematic substance use in your clinical care, and knowing when and how to make a referral to a specialist. The presentation will emphasize that medical and behavioral health providers already employ that can be utilized for addressing substance use in people in your care.


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 important drug trends in California
  2. Describe 2 simple screening procedures into clinical practice
  3. Identify 3 physical/psychological effects of substance use than can impact your interactions with patients
  4. Describe strategies to address SUD with clients as part of clinical care

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.
Instructional Methodology
On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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