Registration is now open for Classes2Go “Substance Abuse in the Deaf Community” led by Deb Guthmann February 12 – March 24, 2018

This is an asynchronous, online class that is pre-approved for RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf)  and NBCC(National  Board for Certified Counselors) CEUs. You are not required to be online at any specific time but you will have weekly deadlines to turn in work.  The anticipated time commitment, for this six-week course, is a minimum of five (5) hours per week. .

Participants who successfully complete this course will earn 30 hours of continuing education (counselors) or 3.0 CEUS (interpreters). Eligible participants must complete the full program to receive credit for completing the course. Course Description: This course is for professionals working with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing in various settings. The course will assist participants to understand various aspects of substance use dependency and how it impacts individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, their family, and others around them.

This class will review prevalence information, what signs/symptoms to look for, substance abuse terminology; various approaches and models used for assessment and treatment of substance use disorders; barriers that deaf/ hard of hearing individuals face and unique characteristics of the population.

Materials will also include information on clinical approaches, relapse prevention, aftercare and self-help, that is part of the recovery process for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. At the end of the six-week course, participants will be able to: • demonstrate knowledge of general principles related to substance abuse and dependence, including etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. • identify and describe current data and terminology on the incidence of drug and alcohol abuse in the United States for hearing and deaf/hard of hearing individuals. • recognize barriers to treatment and current research that has been done • review assessment and treatment approaches and how they can be applied with clients who have a wide range of cognitive and communication needs. • become familiar with a variety of innovative assessment, clinical approaches and materials to use when working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, and • become familiar with web based resources.

Target Participants: This course is designed for professionals who work in disability services who do not have specific training for working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH), as well as those who need a refresher in working with this population. Additional professionals whom may be interested include: counselors, administrators, instructors, and other support services professionals.


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