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What Case Managers/Counselors Should Know about Students w/ Substance Addiction

Why this is important: Case managers are often in the position to be the eyes and ears for other social service and counseling resources that may be needed to help a student struggling with addiction. This course will provide information about common forms of addictions and the dangers to be aware of (notably, touching surfaces and people who may pass chemicals through your skin), as well as what to do in order to facilitate a referral.




This micro-learning course offers research-based, practical advice for case managers to address substance abuse and addiction with the students they work with. This program will review the common signs of addiction they may encounter and how to adopt a stance of assistance and support rather than becoming an extension of monitoring or law enforcement. Guidance on how to talk to someone with a potential addiction problem will be offered in terms of dos and don’ts, as well as examples of successful referrals and common pitfalls case managers may fall into when trying to help.


Case managers will be able to:

  • Identify common signs of addiction for alcohol and THC
  • Understand the importance of your role in helping and knowing where the limits are within your scope of practice
  • Understand ways to bring up concerns without becoming threatening or lecturing the students they are working with
  • Use the on-call and support system to keep in contact with administrators and supervisors
  • Apply counseling skills such as active listening, summarizing and paraphrasing to help encourage students to seek help


This course can also be purchased as part of the Mental Health Bundle.


Please note, these trainings are designed for counselors working on a college campus providing crisis support and guidance to students. They are often referred to as non-clinical counselors or counselors who work under FERPA rather than state confidently laws.

What Case Managers/Counselors Should Know about Students w/ Substance Addiction

Coming late winter/early spring 2023
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