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About the Course:

This 2 hour long beginning to intermediate level online, self-study, recorded webinar for social work and other clinical professionals covers Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Disorder prevention interventions. Campbell and Coleman discuss screenings and brief interventions which can be made quickly to counter and improve SUD and MH symptoms. Additionally, they discuss how to decide when and whom to refer to further treatment. The latest information on prevalence of SUDs and MH disorders is the basis for this 2 hour webinar.

CE Information This is a 2.0 CE course for NYS SWers and LMHCs. Cost is $35 and includes CE credit. For all other social workers, please see **Notes below.

Register for this course here

Refunds will be given in exceptional circumstances only within a month of registration. Previous payments will be honored only within the calendar year of registration.

Target audience: Social workers and other clinical professionals who face ethical dilemmas in their work with clients.
Content level: Beginning to intermediate


About the Authors:


Richard Coleman, LMSW

Richard Coleman, LMSW is currently in practice in upstate New York. He has over 50 years experience working in mental health settings as a clinician and author, and 20 years experience in direct practice with Substance Use Disorders. He is an engaging and dynamic clinician. Read his bio here.

Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D.

Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D.  is currently in private practice in New York City and in upstate NY. She is the Continuing Education Director of the non-profit organization Best Practice Trainers, Inc. (BPTI), which has a research and training mission. She has 40 years’ experience working in mental health settings as a clinician, teacher, and author, and over 20 years’ experience in direct practice with Substance Use Disorders. She is a thoughtful and thought-provoking writer. Read her bio here.

 Course Goals and Objectives. .  .

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

 1. Explain how screenings, brief interventions and referrals to treatment can reduce risk or harm for a person.
2. List 3 screening instruments which can be used to identify alcohol misuse, drug misuse, or mental disorders such as anxiety, depression or suicidality.
3. Explain one reason why Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral (SBIRT) strategies which can identify alcohol or drug misuse early are important.
4.  Explain one reason why Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral (SBIRT) strategies which can intervene early with depression or suicidality are important.



Course completion requirements

To earn CE credit, participants must log in, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete an online course evaluation and a posttest with at least 75% accuracy. Anyone who does not pass the posttest with 75% accuracy can get a second chance using the training materials. Further attempts will require authorization by the CE Director. Certificates of completion are available immediately upon successful completion of the course. Course credit cannot be given retroactively. No partial credit can be given for any partially completed course. 


DISABILITIES and technical difficulties: For disabilities and/or technical difficulties, please contact Ruth at 845-255-5022 or email Ruth at for assistance. Contacting may also be able to give assistance.
GRIEVANCES: BPTI maintains responsibility for this course. Course questions, comments and complaints can be directed to the Continuing Education Director by email at or by phone at 845-255-5022. BPTI Grievance Policy can be found here Course credit through any organization cannot be given retroactively.

Contact information:  If you have any questions about the course, please contact me, Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D. at (845)255-5022,  or through the e-mail at or through the postal service at Best Practice Trainers, Inc., P.O. Box 1042, New Paltz, NY 12561.

NYS CASACs: see the CASACs tab for specifics about earning CEs for this course.

NYS Social Workers: BPTI is a recognized CE provider for NYS SWers (provider # SW-0519) and LMHCs  (MHC-0124) and has provider level approval to offer CEs to NYS SWers and LMHCs.  Registrants should note that only 1/3 of contact hours needed  for NY LCSWs and LMSWs can come from non-interactive web coursework.
NJ and All Other Social Workers:  An application for the ASWB ACE approval of Screenings, Brief Interventions, Referrals and Beyond! as an individual course in March 2022. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.  See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.