Behavioral Health Among College Students

$10.00 | CE Hours:2.00 | Intermediate

Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors: Approved for 2 hours in the Mental Health Category.

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CE Course Description

Alcohol, illicit drug, and tobacco use is more common among young adults than in any other age group.  This CE course aims to increase awareness of the wide range of issues faced by young adults enrolled in colleges due to underage and excessive alcohol use, use of tobacco products, illicit drug use (including the increasing prevalence of the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications for nonmedical purposes), and mental health issues.

Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Behavioral Health Among College Students Information & Resource Kit.  HHS Publication No. (SMA) 19-5052.  Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2019.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Associate the age of first becoming drunk with the risks later in adulthood.

2.  Compare male and female college students’ drinking behaviors.

3.  Identify two approaches that have shown promise in addressing students who have a problem with alcohol.

4.  List three perceived benefits of smoking at parties.

5.  Name the most common way college students obtain alcohol.

6.  Summarize the main feature of a responsible beverage service program.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Alcohol Use, Misuse, and Underage Drinking

a.  Widespread and Excessive Drinking

b.  Consequences of College Drinking

c.  Expectations and Beliefs

d.  The Culture of College Drinking

e.  Transitional Stress

f.  The Amethyst Initiative

g.  Preventing Underage Drinking at College and Universities

2.  Alcohol Access, Availability, and Norms

a.  Forms of Alcohol Availability

b.  Access to Alcohol

c.  Campus Policies to Reduce Access to Alcohol

d.  Opposition to Campus Alcohol Control Measures

e.  Partnering to Reduce Student Access to Alcohol

f.  Changing Social Norms

g.  Targeting Students at High Risk for Alcohol Use

3.  Illicit Drug Use and Nonmedical Use of Medications

a.  Prevalence and Patterns of Use

b.  Misuse of Medications

c.  Combining Medications with Alcohol

d.  Bringing Prevention to Your Campus

4.  Tobacco Use

a.  Prevalence and Patterns fo Use

b.  Smoke Exposure and Smoke-free Settings

5.  Mental Health Issues

a.  Substance Misuse Connection

b.  Seeking Help

c.  Access Issues

d.  Identifying Problems

e.  Meeting Demand

f.  Suicide

g.  Crisis Management

h.  Components of Quality Programs

6.  Selected Web-based Prevention Resources

7.  PowerPoint Slides and Notes: Behavioral Health Among College Students



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 2.00 'General' continuing education credits.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


CAADE Approval

This course is CAADE approved.


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Added On: 2019-02-04

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