Mental Health Competency 3: Substance Use Awareness

Mental Health Competency 3: Substance Use Awareness

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  • Introductory

  • Mental Health Literacy

  • 1hr

  • $15

Substance use and its connection to mental health is a critically important topic. In Mental Health Competency 3: Substance Use Awareness, you will gain insight into some of the most commonly used types of substances, risk and protective factors for substance use, and practical ways you can help someone find support that can lead to recovery. Based on up-to-date statistics from governing bodies and relevant scholarly articles, this module provides a deeper understanding of substance use disorders and various treatment options. The instructional design is learner-focused and approachable to nearly all individuals with an interest in improving their competency in substance use awareness.

NOTE: We recommend completing Mental Health Competency 1 before taking any other Mental Health Ally Series module.


Learning Objectives

  • Relate three substances that are commonly used, and the various risk factors that contribute to the development of substance use disorders.
  • Summarize skills that can be used when responding to someone who may have a substance use disorder. The summary must cover communication skills, using the stages of change as a guide, and the various treatment options and forms of support available.

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Mental Health Literacy

1 Hour

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Yes- Module 3 of 8 Modules for the Mental Health Ally Certification

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1 Module, 2 Live Intro and Outro videos, Knowledge check, 3 Animated videos

10 Companion videos on key mental health topics, 6 Text resources

3 Guest speaker sessions detailing lived experience testimonials

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