On-Demand CE Training

ODL 241: Assessing and Treating Substance Use Disorders and Stigma

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Created on 06/20/2023

Target Audience:

This course is targeted for social workers, case managers, nurses, and counselors.


Substance use is a growing problem in the United States and around the world.  Substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors are often exhibited with co-occurring health and mental health disorders and may include polysubstance use patterns.  Often, clients who need help because of substance use disorders do not recognize the problem and are reluctant to seek treatment services.  As helping professionals, it is imperative to know how to identify and assess clients and their families for substance use disorder and ensure they receive the appropriate level of evidence-based therapeutic intervention. Presented by Rhonda DiNovo, LMSW, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, College of Social Work, this workshop will examine the ethical standards and evidence-based practices involved in assessing and treating individuals and families with substance use disorders and the addictive and co-occurring disorders that so often accompany them.  

Course Objectives:

By the end of the session – the participant will be able to:

  • Discover the recovery-oriented systems of care that include an integrated continuum of service levels from health promotion to prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery for diverse populations
  • Summarize current, relevant information on assessment, therapeutic intervention, and recovery services for individuals and their families who suffer with substance use disorders and addictive and co-occurring disorders 
  • Apply a variety of screening and assessment tools to accurately diagnose substance use disorders
  • Examine treatment and recovery strengths and challenges to develop SMART treatment goals  
  • Identify ethical standards for working with diverse individuals, families, and groups impacted by substance use disorder


Rhonda DiNovo, LMSW, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina College of Social Work

Rhonda DiNovo serves as Clinical Assistant Professor, MSW Program Coordinator, and Coordinator of the Graduate Drug and Addictions Studies Certificate Program in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina.   She teaches students important theoretical and practical approaches in interdisciplinary health and mental health, as well as principles and practices of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy.   DiNovo also serves as Field Supervisor and Director of the West Columbia Outreach Program, a police social work outreach service offered through the West Columbia Police Department that provides brief screening, assessment and referral to treatment services and community resources to those in mental health and substance use crises.  Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member in the College of Social Work, Rhonda served three years as Director of Substance Abuse Prevention and Education for USC and eight years as Prevention Specialist for adolescents and their families at LRADAC.


Social Workers
ASWB ACE – 3 Ethics and 2 Clinical CE Credits
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work – 5 Contact Hours
Case Managers
CCMC – 5 Contact Hours
California Board of Registered Nursing – 5 Contact Hours
3 Ethics and 2 Contact Hours or 5 Contact Hours*
NBCC ACEP – 5 Contact Hours
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners – 5 Contact Hours

* Some states do not require/accept ethics hours for counselors, for those cases contact hours will be awarded.

Please make sure to check with your own state board to ensure the transferability of CE credit for an asynchronous course. Some state boards may place restrictions regarding the modality of training required for ethics credits to be awarded. If this training indicates ethics credits are available, please verify that your state allows them to be earned through an on-demand course format.