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Florida Certification Board

This course meets the 2 hour requirement for Vicarious Trauma/Self-Care

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Mentoring involves providing guidance, support, and encouragement to a less experienced individual through one-on-one interactions and shared experiences. In the context of professional development or personal growth, a mentor helps to foster a mentee’s skills and confidence, offering insights and advice that pave the way for achievement and success. Effective mentoring relationships are built on trust, mutual respect, and a genuine interest in the growth and development of the mentee.

This course is approved by the Florida Certification Board for those seeking a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist credential.  It meets the 6-hour requirement for the Mentoring Domain.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Advocating for substance abuse clients involves addressing the multifaceted challenges of stigma, social injustice, and discrimination that can hinder recovery and access to treatment. This advocacy is essential for protecting the rights of individuals affected by factors such as race, culture, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and disability. Effective strategies include educating the public to reduce stigma, promoting policies that ensure equitable treatment access, and empowering clients through self-advocacy skills. Advocates play a crucial role in influencing and negotiating with policymakers and stakeholders to support these changes.

This course is approved by the Florida Certification Board for those seeking a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist credential.  It meets the 4-hour requirement for the Advocacy Domain.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach designed to facilitate and engage intrinsic motivation within the client in order to change behavior. The course curriculum explores this approach which will enable CRPS professionals to practice and refine techniques that encourage clients to articulate personal goals and explore their motivations for recovery. This course is vital for those in peer support roles, as it strengthens their ability to support clients’ journey toward sustained recovery.

This course is approved by the Florida Certification Board for those seeking a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist credential.  It meets the 4 hour requirement for the Motivational Interviewing Domain.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

It is crucial for mental health and substance abuse professionals to be well-trained in contraband awareness and search procedures to ensure the safety of the patients and staff and the integrity of the program.  This course will enhance professionals in understanding and the management of contraband within their facilities. The program covers a comprehensive range of topics, including identifying various types of contraband, effective and ethical search techniques, and strategies for preventing contraband introduction.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This comprehensive course is designed to equip recovery residence staff with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively manage and operate a facility in line with FARR certification requirements. The curriculum covers a wide range of critical topics, from crisis prevention and intervention strategies, including verbal de-escalation and aggression control, to suicide prevention and response. Participants will receive training in fire safety regulations, CPR, and first aid, as well as advanced naloxone use for opioid-related emergencies. The course also delves into disaster planning and response, universal infection control practices, and proper food handling techniques to ensure a safe and healthy living environment. Additionally, the program includes sessions on group dynamics, mentoring, and leadership to foster a supportive community within the residence. To address safety and compliance, the course offers detailed insights into recognizing and responding to safety risks, customer service to improve community relations, understanding various substances, and managing prescription medications securely. Lastly, it provides thorough guidance on drug and alcohol testing policies and methods, ensuring that staff can effectively maintain a drug-free environment. This training is essential for anyone involved in managing or operating recovery residences, aiming to enhance their professionalism and the quality of care provided.

This course is approved by the Florida Certification Board for those seeking a Certified Addiction Professional credential.  It meets the 20-hour requirement for the Maintaining the Physical Residence Domain.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This course is designed for professionals working in recovery residences and similar settings, focusing on essential skills and knowledge needed for effective client management and support. Participants will explore client rights and confidentiality laws to ensure respectful and legal treatment of residents. The course includes training on behavioral health screening tools and medication management, enhancing the ability to provide informed and safe care. Attendees will learn to identify signs and symptoms of intoxication and withdrawal, crucial for timely and appropriate interventions. The curriculum also covers interviewing techniques to improve communication and assessment skills, health indicators that staff should monitor, and understanding various care levels. This will enable staff to determine the best “fit” for residents within the recovery community, ensuring that each individual’s specific needs are met in a supportive peer environment. This course is essential for those looking to deepen their expertise in handling complex situations in recovery settings while maintaining high standards of care and ethics.

This course is approved by the Florida Certification Board for those seeking a Certified Recovery Residence Administrator credential.  It meets the 10 hour requirement for the Resident Secreening and Adminstration Domain.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This course provides an in-depth exploration of addiction, its multifaceted nature, and the effective management of recovery processes. Participants will start by defining addiction and dissecting its physiological, psychological, and social dimensions to better understand how it affects individuals. The curriculum includes a detailed examination of various types of addictive substances and behaviors, with a focus on their impacts on the brain and body. Additionally, the course will cover the identification of common co-occurring mental health disorders and emphasize the importance of integrated treatment plans for individuals with dual diagnoses.

This course is approved by the Florida Certification Board for those seeking a Certified Addiction Professional credential.  It meets the 30 hour requirement for the Resident Recovery SupportDomain

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This essential course is designed for professionals in the recovery residence sector, aiming to enhance their understanding and compliance with Federal and State laws, as well as other governing regulations that impact their operations. Participants will delve into the crucial areas of ethics and professional conduct to ensure they meet the highest standards of service. The curriculum covers resident and client rights, emphasizing the importance of cultural competence both personally and organizationally. It addresses complex boundary issues, the imperatives of confidentiality, and the necessity of meticulous documentation practices. Additionally, the course offers training in effective networking and public relations strategies to foster positive community engagement. Marketing sessions will focus on ethical marketing practices that respect the sensitivity of the target audience. Lastly, participants will develop their emotional and social intelligence, which are crucial skills for managing interpersonal relationships and understanding social dynamics within their facilities. This comprehensive training is ideal for enhancing the professional capabilities of staff and ensuring their practices align with legal, ethical, and operational standards.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course for those seeking a Certified Addiction Professional credential.  It meets the 20-hour requirement for the Legal, Professional, and Ethical Responsibilities Domain.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Our comprehensive course covers the intricate landscape of federal and state fair housing laws, local and state codes, and regulations, ensuring a deep understanding of NARR Quality Standards for Recovery Residences. Participants will delve into criminal background screening procedures, grasp reimbursable services and payer types, and gain basic accounting and bookkeeping proficiency. Sharpen your business acumen with essential skills in writing policies and procedures, risk management, and ethical business practices. Learn the nuances of general record keeping and documentation, and explore the critical role of naloxone use in saving lives.

This course is approved by the Florida Certification Board for those seeking a Certified Recovery Residence Administrator (CRRA) credential. It meets the 20 hour requirement for the Recovery Residence Operations and Adminstration Domain.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Professional readiness in the field of mental health and social services encompasses a multifaceted approach that integrates ethics, assessments, intervention, care coordination, cultural humility, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, HIV awareness, and domestic violence prevention. Ethical conduct serves as the foundation of practice, ensuring the protection of clients’ rights, confidentiality, and dignity. Comprehensive assessments enable practitioners to understand clients’ needs, strengths, and challenges, guiding the development of tailored interventions and care plans. Effective intervention strategies address diverse cultural backgrounds, acknowledging the importance of cultural humility in fostering trust and rapport. Compliance with ADA regulations ensures accessibility and inclusivity for individuals with disabilities. Awareness of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence is crucial for early detection, prevention, and providing appropriate support and resources to affected individuals and communities. Overall, professional readiness in these areas enables practitioners to deliver ethical, culturally sensitive, and effective services that promote holistic well-being and social justice.

This course is approved by the Florida Certification Board for those seeking a Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional credential. It meets the 20-hour requirement for the Professional Readiness Domain.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

The course on readiness to practice in substance abuse treatment provides a comprehensive overview of essential skills and knowledge for effective clinical practice. We will explore diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders, including the latest updates from diagnostic manuals such as the DSM-5, as well as placement criteria for determining appropriate levels of care for clients.

This course is approved by the Florida Certification Board for those seeking a Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional credential.  It meets the 20-hour requirement for the Application to Practice Domain.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Clinical supervision in substance abuse treatment plays a pivotal role in ensuring the quality, effectiveness, and ethical integrity of counseling services provided to individuals struggling with addiction. Supervision involves the ongoing guidance, support, and oversight provided by experienced and qualified supervisors to substance abuse counselors, therapists, and other mental health professionals. Through clinical supervision, counselors receive feedback, consultation, and mentorship to enhance their clinical skills, knowledge of evidence-based practices, and adherence to ethical guidelines. Supervisors help counselors navigate complex cases, develop treatment plans, and address challenges encountered in working with clients with substance use disorders. Clinical supervision promotes professional growth, self-awareness, and accountability among counselors, ultimately improving the delivery of services and outcomes for individuals in recovery.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course for those seeking a Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional credential.  It meets the 16 hour requirement for the Clinical Supervision Domain.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Addiction is characterized by the inability to abstain consistently, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 45-hour requirement for the Understanding Addiction Domain for the initial application for MCAP credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Street drugs are dangerous and plentiful. There is no way to know how strong they are or what else might be in them, but their use remains popular despite the risks.

Given the recent proliferation of new street drugs, it is imperative to remain vigilant and informed about the hazards of substance abuse.

This course will explore Krokodil, Flakka, Bath Salts, Xylazine, Slavia, Spice and others.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Leadership potential and development are integral components of organizational growth and success. Identifying individuals with leadership potential involves assessing not only their skills and expertise but also their ability to inspire, motivate, and guide others toward achieving common goals. Development initiatives aim to cultivate and enhance these leadership qualities, nurturing future leaders who can drive innovation, manage change, and foster a culture of collaboration and excellence within the organization.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Ethical standards both prescribe and prohibit specific behaviors on the part of the professional. The responsibility for ethical practice and identifying ethical breaches rests with the addiction counselor.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 4-hour requirement for the Ethical and Professional Responsibilities Domain for the initial application for the CBHT credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Documentation and patient confidentiality are paramount for behavioral health technicians in maintaining the integrity of client records and upholding ethical standards. These professionals must accurately and comprehensively document all interactions, assessments, interventions, and treatment plans in client records to ensure continuity of care and facilitate collaboration among interdisciplinary teams. Additionally, behavioral health techs must adhere to strict confidentiality protocols to safeguard sensitive patient information and maintain trust and privacy. This includes obtaining informed consent for disclosure of information, securely storing and transmitting client records, and only sharing information on a need-to-know basis within legal and ethical boundaries. Upholding these standards not only protects the rights and dignity of clients but also ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and promotes the integrity and professionalism of the behavioral health field.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 4-hour requirement for the Documentation and Patient Confidentiality Domain for the initial application for the CBHT credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Maintaining both client and personal safety is a fundamental responsibility for behavioral health technicians. These professionals must adhere to rigorous protocols and guidelines to ensure a secure environment for clients while also safeguarding themselves from potential risks. Implementing thorough risk assessments, de-escalation techniques, and crisis intervention strategies are essential tools for managing challenging situations effectively. Additionally, practicing active listening, empathy, and clear communication can help establish trust and rapport with clients, contributing to a safer therapeutic environment. Prioritizing ongoing training and self-care is also crucial for behavioral health techs to mitigate burnout and maintain their own well-being, thereby enhancing their ability to provide high-quality care while upholding safety standards.

This course is approved by the Florida Certification Board for those seeking a Certified Behavioral Technician credential. It meets the 4 hour requirement for the Maintaining Client and Personal Safety Domain.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Clinical competence is paramount for behavioral health technicians as they play a crucial role in supporting individuals struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. Possessing a solid foundation of clinical skills enables these professionals to effectively implement treatment plans, provide appropriate interventions, and ensure the safety and well-being of clients. With competence comes the ability to accurately assess client needs, recognize signs of distress, and respond with empathy and professionalism. Additionally, clinical competence fosters trust and confidence among clients and interdisciplinary teams, ultimately enhancing the quality of care and promoting positive outcomes in behavioral health settings.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 8-hour requirement for the Clinical Competence Domain for the initial application for CBHT credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 70-hour requirement for the Application To Practice Professional Readiness Domain for the initial application for CAC credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 25-hour requirement for the Application To Practice Professional Readiness Domain for the initial application for CAP credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Addiction is characterized by the inability to abstain consistently, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 80-hour requirement for the Understanding Addiction Treatment Knowledge Domain for the initial application for CAP credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Addiction is characterized by the inability to abstain consistently, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 70-hour requirement for the Counseling Domain for the initial application for CAC credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Ethical standards both prescribe and prohibit specific behaviors on the part of the professional.  The responsibility for ethical practice and identifying ethical breaches rests with the addiction counselor.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 30-hour requirement for the Ethical and Professional Responsibilities Domain for the initial application for the CAC and CAP credentials. . Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Documentation in the clinical record is an integral part of delivering substance abuse treatment services.  Documentation organizes and evaluates clinical work by demonstrating that the services delivered are effective and efficient.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 10-hour requirement for the Documentation Domain for the initial application for the CAC credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Documentation in the clinical record is an integral part of delivering substance abuse treatment services.  Documentation organizes and evaluates clinical work by demonstrating that the services delivered are effective and efficient.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 15-hour requirement for the Documentation Domain for the initial application for the CAP credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Counselors are often called upon to provide education about the disease of addiction, its causes and its consequences to clients, their family members and the community at large.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 10-hour requirement for the Client, Family, and Community Education Domain for the initial application for the CAC credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Counselors are often called upon to provide education about the disease of addiction, its causes, and its consequences to clients, their family members, and the community at large.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 15-hour requirement for the Client, Family, and Community Education Domain for the initial application for the CAP credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Case management offers the client a single point of contact with the health and social services systems. Throughout case management models, in the substance abuse field and elsewhere, there is an overriding belief that clients must take the lead in identifying needed resources. This understanding forms the context for the professional’s work, which focuses on identifying psychosocial issues and anticipating helping the client obtain resources. Case management also embodies the strengths perspective, based on the belief that individuals possess abilities and inner resources that allow them to cope effectively with the challenges of living.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 10-hour requirement for the Case Management and Referral Domain for the initial application for the CAC credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Case management offers the client a single point of contact with the health and social services systems. Throughout case management models, in the substance abuse field and elsewhere, there is an overriding belief that clients must take the lead in identifying needed resources. This understanding forms the context for the professional’s work, which focuses on identifying psychosocial issues and anticipating helping the client obtain resources. Case management also embodies the strengths perspective, based on the belief that individuals possess abilities and inner resources that allow them to cope effectively with the challenges of living.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 15-hour requirement for the Case Management and Referral Domain for the initial application for the CAP credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals (American Counseling Association).”  Counseling is a collaborative process aimed at the betterment of an individual based on their goals.

Counselors develop a therapeutic relationship with clients, families, and concerned others in order to facilitate self-exploration, disclosure, problem-solving, and behavioral change.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 30-hour requirement for the Counseling Domain for initial application for CAC and CAP credentials. Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

 

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment planning involves creating personalized recovery plans tailored to address individual needs and goals. It begins with a thorough assessment, leading to establishing treatment goals focused on reducing substance use, improving health, and enhancing coping skills. Treatment may include a range of interventions, such as therapy, medication, and support services. Regular monitoring and adjustments ensure the plan remains effective, aiming to empower individuals to achieve lasting recovery and well-being.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 15-hour requirement for the Treatment Planning Domain for the initial application for CAC and CAP credentials.  Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Effectively evaluating an individual’s alcohol and drug misuse is pivotal in preventing or intervening early in addiction. Recognizing early warning signs among those susceptible to developing severe drinking or drug-related issues can prompt a shift away from harmful habits. For others, thorough screening and more comprehensive assessments are essential in determining the appropriate course of action toward treatment and recovery.

The Florida Certification Board approves this course and meets the 25-hour requirement for the Clinical Evaluation Domain for initial application for CAC and CAP credentials.  Please see the Florida Certification Board for full details on these credentials, including formal education, other content-specific training domains required, work experience, supervision, and required exams.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Addiction has long been recognized as a chronic disease. However, most addiction treatment has used acute care interventions rather than a disease management approach. For many people seeking recovery, this has created seemingly endless acute treatment episodes. Recognizing this, the substance abuse treatment field is undergoing a shift from an acute care model of treatment to a chronic care approach, known as recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC).

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This course explores animal-assisted psychotherapy (AAP) theory and practice, focusing primarily on therapy dogs due to their prevalent role in volunteer and professional settings. The historical, theoretical, and practical dimensions of AAP are described so learners gain a foundational understanding of attachment theory, biophilia theory, and human-animal relational theory as they pertain to AAP. The course critically examines the efficacy of AAP through research, outlines challenges, and presents clinical applications across various psychological approaches. It also covers the selection and characteristics of successful therapy dogs, therapy dog registration, and the importance of pursuing advanced training for practitioners interested in integrating AAP into their practice.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This course examines end-of-life care in a hospital and home setting, how these services are offered, specialized programs, and issues surrounding end-of-life care.

The course also describes the effect a palliative care consultation service has on the terminally ill and their families.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Sensitivity in the workplace is paramount for fostering a supportive and inclusive environment. It entails being attuned to the needs, feelings, and perspectives of colleagues, recognizing and respecting their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Sensitivity cultivates empathy, encouraging individuals to communicate effectively, listen actively, and respond thoughtfully to others’ concerns. It involves refraining from language or actions that may inadvertently cause harm or discomfort, while also being open to feedback and willing to learn from mistakes. By prioritizing sensitivity, organizations can nurture a culture of mutual respect, collaboration, and psychological safety, ultimately enhancing employee well-being and productivity.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Healthcare providers use laboratory test results to diagnose disease, determine prognosis, and monitor a patient’s treatment or health status. Current practice shows an increased trend for medical decisions based on simple tests performed at the point of care.

This course will explore the key aspects of CLIA-testing, the oversight, safety, confidentiality, and testing environment.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

When someone is scammed or “catfished,” they are often embarrassed and feel vulnerable and may not reach out to others for support when needed. This course will explore the psychology behind those most vulnerable, those who prey on others, and working with clients who were taken advantage of.

Anyone can be a victim of being scammed regardless of age, education, or socioeconomic position

 

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This course identifies strategies for mental health providers to support LGBTQIA+ clients in therapy. It defines the LGBTQIA+ acronym and describes common LGBTQIA+ terminology. Issues impacting the well-being of sexually minoritized clients are detailed, including discrimination and stigma, mental health disparities, and unique stressors such as internalized homophobia. Supportive clinical practices with LGBTQIA+ are illustrated, such as creating an affirming therapeutic environment and building a therapeutic alliance. Strategies for navigating supportive family conversations are detailed.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Vital signs are important indicators of overall health. This course reviews etiologies for abnormal vital signs and discusses an algorithmic approach to assessing abnormal heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and temperature.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Understanding the significance of relapse prevention, identifying common risk factors, and implementing effective strategies are essential steps in helping a client achieve long-term recovery.

This course will explore what addiction and relapse are, the stages of each, how to develop a relapse prevention plan and how to identify triggers.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

The importance of cybersecurity in the modern world cannot be understated. Confidentiality of records has always been critical to the population we serve.

This course will explore the necessity of digital security in mental health and substance abuse services and how you can support safer systems.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Fall prevention remains a considerable challenge across the care continuum.  Every year in the United States, hundreds of thousands of patients fall in hospitals and patient care settings, with 30-50 percent resulting in injury.   This course will explore those most vulnerable to falls and how we can work to prevent injuries.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Social media can be a great thing. It helps you keep in contact with friends and family across the globe, you can find out about events going on in your area, and you are frequently “in the know” when things happen in your workplace or with a colleague. Occasionally, this real-time, sometimes unfiltered information has led to social media mistakes that lead to hasty firings and individuals who instantly regret their tweets and posts.

This course will explore the effective use of social media, including the pitfalls of using social media, online image, confidentiality, and workplace expectations.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This course embarks on a thorough exploration of informed consent within the realms of mental health and substance abuse treatment. It delves deeply into the intricacies of this procedure, considering the ethical foundations, legal requirements, obstacles, and practical consequences that influence the practice of informed consent. By incorporating historical perspectives, ethical frameworks, and practical case studies, this training aims to shed light on the multifaceted aspect of informed consent in mental health and substance abuse treatment. This approach fosters a nuanced comprehension of its essential role in maintaining ethical standards and enhancing patient care.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Effective collaboration supports teamwork and effective treatment. Part of building rapport with clients is communicating and interacting effectively with people across cultures who have varying beliefs and schedules.

In this course, we discuss what cultural competence is, explain why it matters and provide some helpful tips for improving your cultural competence.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Healthcare professionals appreciate the possibility and diversity of ethical issues, but it’s easy to think they’ll never happen to you.

Despite their potentially serious consequences, ethical issues are common, and without preparation and reflection, many might be violated unwittingly and with good intentions.

In this course, you’ll learn how to identify and approach various frequently encountered counseling ethical issues and how a counseling ethics code can be your moral compass.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Approved by the Florida Board of CSW, MFT, MHC

This course meets the requirements for the initial application to become an LCSW, LMFT, or LMHC through the Florida Board of CSW, MFT, MHC.

The Florida Board of CSW, MFT, MHC requires that you take part in an interactive way during this course for it to meet the requirements for initial licensure. To meet this requirement, we offer a 30-minute interactive Zoom chat to discuss sections and case studies. The times are listed on the Dashboard tab on the right side of the screen.  We offer one a week.

We will email you and the board processor your certificate upon completion.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) refer to disorders that typically manifest from birth and have a detrimental impact on an individual’s physical, intellectual, and emotional development.

It’s not uncommon for an individual to be misdiagnosed with a mental illness before receiving a diagnosis for a developmental disorder.  This course will explore the various types of developmental disabilities and how to differentiate these from mental illnesses.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body, such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease.

This course will explore how the different forms of tuberculosis, the signs and symptoms of the disease, how it is diagnosed, and infection control procedures.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This course meets the requirements for the 3-hour Florida Laws and Rules Update required every third biennium for license renewal. It is not the 8-hour initial licensure course. Please see below for the 8-hour Laws and Rules course.

The course is developed by extrapolating Florida Statutes that pertain to the counseling profession. The course utilizes law, changes in statutes, examples, and case studies.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Water-based activities are widely enjoyed and have a positive impact on our lives, whether it be spending time at the beach, lake, or river, visiting public pools or water parks, or enjoying residential pools and spas. However, it’s important to acknowledge that water can also pose potential risks and hazards.

This course will explore the necessary steps to attempt to prevent water emergencies, water safety, and how to respond if something does go wrong.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This course will enhance the knowledge of healthcare professionals regarding seizure disorders and promote early diagnoses and effective treatments.  Clients with substance abuse issues are at an increased risk for seizures.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Methadone is used for the treatment of opioid use disorder.  It may be used as maintenance therapy or in shorter periods for detoxification to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms. Its use for the treatment of addiction is usually strictly regulated. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Office of Treatment Improvement (OTI) provides guidance on the federal regulations governing the provision of methadone treatment for opioid addiction. According to SAMHSA, all staff who work in an opioid treatment program (OTP) that provides methadone must receive training on methadone.  This course will explore the following:

  • The pharmacology of methadone and other opioid agonist medications.
  • The principles of addiction treatment and the role of methadone in treating opioid addiction.
  • The ethical and legal considerations related to the provision of methadone treatment.
  • The potential side effects of methadone and how to manage them
  • The importance of maintaining the confidentiality and respecting the privacy of patients receiving methadone treatment.
  • The proper handling and storage of methadone and other controlled substances.
This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Determining the nature and intensity of opioid withdrawal symptoms in a detoxing patient is crucial for healthcare providers to assess the risks and make informed decisions during the detoxification process. This is where the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (C.O.W.S.) plays a vital role in addiction treatment and monitoring a patient’s physical well-being during opioid withdrawal management. This course will not explore the C.O.W.S system.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

The Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment Alcohol Scale Revised (CIWA-AR) is an instrument medical professionals use to assess and diagnose the severity of alcohol withdrawal.  The CIWA-AR is one of the most common assessment methods for alcohol withdrawal.  This course will briefly overview the scale, questions, and validity.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Social media can profoundly impact our relationships, communication, self-esteem, privacy, careers, governments, and beliefs.

This course will explore various social media websites and mobile applications. We will identify trends and statistics. We will delve into the behavioral and emotional pulls that entice users to begin and continue with these activities. We will explore social media’s positive and negative impacts on mental health.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This course will explore the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 exploring specifically those with alcohol and drug issues, both as a disability and with other disabilities in need of substance abuse treatment.

This course will award 2 continuing education hours.  Please see the board approval box for course approvals.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Universal precautions involve an approach to infection control to protect workers from HIV, HBV, and other bloodborne pathogens in human blood and certain other body fluids, regardless of a patient’s infection status.

This course will explore the four primary universal precautions, proper handwashing, personal protective equipment and proper cough etiquette.

 

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

The laws and regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder records were written out of great concern about the potential use of substance use disorder information against individuals, causing individuals with substance use disorders not to seek treatment.

A risk-managed approach to documentation is a best practice to protect both the client and the professional.

This course will explore 42 CFR part 2, HIPAA, and documentation of substance abuse therapy.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Every year, lives are lost because of the spread of infections in hospitals and outpatient healthcare facilities. Healthcare workers can take steps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. These steps are part of infection control. Proper handwashing, universal precautions, and knowledge can all help to lead the way to prevent the spread of infections.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

A conflict of interest is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that a secondary interest will unduly influence professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest. Common areas where conflicts of interest can occur in mental health and substance abuse treatment include pharmaceuticals, accepting gifts of various kinds, including meals and drug samples that alter treatment behavior, having a financial interest in a medical product company whose products they prescribe, use, or recommend, and self-referrals.

This course will explore these areas and discuss avoiding conflicts of interest.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Severe anxiety can arise after trauma or injury or under persistent stress or extreme change. This course will explore how to distinguish between everyday worry and an anxiety disorder, signs, symptoms, and risk factors.  We will also discuss treatment approaches and how you can help.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Mental health providers engage with highly confidential health information.  Litigation causes threats to confidentiality that can hinder the therapeutic process, cause potential damage to your client, depending on what you write in the record, and can threaten your practice. This course will provide mental health professionals with a better understanding of legal terms, suggestions for handling requests for confidential information, and guidance with documentation.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

This course will explore the Baker Act for involuntary mental illness assessment and treatment.

The term ‘Baker Act’ is formally known as the Mental Health Act of 1971 and is a Florida Statute, but it became the default name for any involuntary hold laws in the United States.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

More than two-thirds of U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical treatments, and more are considering bills to do the same. The use of cannabis as medicine has not been rigorously tested due to production and governmental restrictions, resulting in limited clinical research on the safety and efficacy of using cannabis to treat diseases. Medical marijuana doesn’t always “feel” like a medical treatment or medicine.

This course will explore medical marijuana. We will look at the various ways this treatment is treated differently than other prescribed medications and why. We will also explore how the mental health and addiction fields have changed over the years with issues such as this.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Children are suffering from an epidemic of child abuse and neglect. The issue is larger than ever in the wake of the quarantines from the COVID-19 pandemic. This course will explore statistics of child abuse in Florida. We will explore the types of abuse and the signs and symptoms associated with each. The course will review the requirements, timeline, and procedures for reporting child abuse. Prevention strategies will be presented.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has been the industry standard for diagnosing mental health disorders since 1952.  The fifth revision of the Manual was published in May 2013.  The text revision was published in March 2022.  This course will provide an overview of the organization, changes, and transitions from the previous edition and controversies regarding the changes.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Psychedelic drugs are not new. Scientists at pharmaceutical companies have been studying them since the early 1900s.  Indigenous communities around the world have used psilocybin and other consciousness-changing compounds for healing for thousands of years.  In the last five years, a handful of high-quality, albeit small, studies have suggested tremendous benefits from the psychedelic psilocybin for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. This course will explore their history, use, risks, and potential.

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one’s attention to the present moment without evaluating whether one’s thoughts and feelings are good or bad. It is a skill developed through meditation or other training.

This course will explore the history and origins of mindfulness, the difference between mindfulness, meditation, and flow, the benefits for the client and therapist, and how it can be used in therapy.

 

This course is offered online. Internet connection required.