Screening and Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System (Updated)

$40.00 | CE Hours:8.00 | Intermediate

IAODAPCA CE Credit for Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, CODP I or II or III, PCGC II, CCJP I or II, CAAP I, CRSS I or II, CPRS I or II, MAATP I or II, RDDP, CFPP II, CVSS II

Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors: Approved for 4 hours in the Alcohol/ Drug Category, 2 hours in the Ethics Category, and 2 hours in the Co-occurring Category.

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CE Course Description

The number of people entering the criminal justice system has significantly increased in the past several decades.  This CE course examines a wide range of evidence-based practices for screening and assessment of people in the justice system who have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (CODs).

Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  (2019, June).  Screening and Assessment of Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System.  HHS Publication No. PEP19-SCREEN-CODJS.  Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

References / Contributions by:

  1. Abreu, D., Parker, T.W., Noether, C.D., Steadman, H.J., Case, B. (2017). Revising the paradigm for jail diversion for people with mental and substance use disorders: Intercept 0. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 35(5-6).
  2. Boccaccini, M. T., Rufino, K. A., Jackson, R. L., & Murrie, D. C. (2013). Personality Assessment Inventory scores as predictors of misconduct among sex offenders civilly committed as sexually violent predators. Psychological Assessment, 25(4), 1390.
  3. Boothroyd, R. A., Peters, R. H., Armstrong, M. I., Rynearson-Moody, S., & Caudy, M. (2015). The psychometric properties of the simple screening instrument for substance abuse. Evaluation & the Health Professions.

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CE Course Objectives

  1. Describe which treatment approaches have been the most successful among non-offender and offender samples.
  2. Differentiate between screening and assessment.
  3. Identify four characteristics that carry elevated risk for CODs.
  4. List three key issues related to screening and assessment of CODs in the justice system.
  5. Name three common reasons for non-detection of CODs in the justice system.
  6. Provide an important predictor of treatment outcomes that can also be readily examined during screening in the justice system.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Key Issues in Screening and Assessment of Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System

a.  Prevalence and Significance of Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System

b.  Defining Co-occurring Disorders

c.  Importance of Screening and Assessment for Co-occurring Disorders in Justice Settings

d.  Opportunities for Screening and Assessment

e.  Defining Screening and Assessment

f.  Developing a Comprehensive Screening and Assessment Approach

g.  Key Information To Address in Screening and Assessment for Co-occurring Disorders

h.  Enhancing the Accuracy of Information in Screening and Assessment

i.  Special Clinical Issues in Screening and Assessment for Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System

2.  Instruments for Screening and Assessing Co-occurring Disorders

a.  Key Issues in Selecting Screening and Assessment Instruments

b.  Comparing Screening Instruments

c.  Recommended Screening Instruments

d.  Recommended Instruments for Assessment and Diagnosis of Co-occurring Disorders

e.  Screening Instruments for Substance Use Disorders

f.  Screening Instruments for Mental Disorders

g.  Screening Instruments for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders

h.  Screening and Assessment Instruments for Suicide Risk

i.  Screening and Diagnostic Instruments for Trauma and PTSD

j.  Screening Instruments for Motivation and Readiness for Treatment

k.  Assessment Instruments for Substance Use and Treatment Matching Approaches

l.  Assessment Instruments for Mental Disorders

m.  Assessment and Diagnostic Instruments for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders

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  • 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.
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  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
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  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
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Added On: 06/01/2019

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