Brief Intervention - ASSIST

$9.00 | CE Hours:3.00 | Intermediate

Due to the age of the material, this course will be discontinued from our library on 03/25/2020.

CEU Course Description

This CE course explains the theoretical basis and evidence for the effectiveness of brief interventions and to assist primary health care workers in conducting a simple brief intervention for clients whose substance use is putting them at risk.  Topics described in this course include: the rationale for brief intervention in primary care; a model of behavior change; the components of brief interventions that work; examples of ASSIST-linked brief interventions; and principles of motivational interviewing and essential skills.  Additional information include how to: link the ASSIST screening procedure with a brief intervention; give feedback to clients; conduct brief intervention for people at moderate risk; help clients who inject drugs; address multiple substance use; and give longer or recurrent intervention.

Course Objectives

1. Describe the rationale for providing brief intervention in primary care settings for patients whose substance use is putting them at risk.

2. Discuss the principles and essential skills of brief intervention and motivational interviewing.

3. Outline the components of Assist-linked brief interventions and provide examples.

4. Identify strategies to provide productive feedback to clients during the intervention process.

5. Review the stages of behavioral change for those considering alteration in substance use habits or in other lifestyle choices.

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
  • ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.

To see approvals for a different license type in your state, visit our state by state provider approval listings here.


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Added On: 2015-02-12

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