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Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations-A Research-Based Guide

About the Course:

Findings show unequivocally that providing comprehensive drug abuse treatment to criminal offenders works, reducing both drug abuse and criminal recidivism. The substantial prison population in the United States is attributable in large part to drug-related offenses and is accompanied by high rates of recidivism. This article discusses treatment options for substance abuse in the criminal justice population.

This course is based on the reading-based online, Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations-A Research-Based Guide created by Bennett W. Fletcher, Ph.D. and Redonna K. Chandler, Ph.D. in 2014.

Publication Date:

April 2014

Course Material Authors

Bennett W. Fletcher, Ph.D.

Dr. Fletcher is a member of the core faculty at the Enhanced Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Substance Abuse at the University of Southern California. He also works at the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse. His work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Redonna K. Chandler, Ph.D.

Dr. Redonna K. Chandler has worked as the Chief of the Services Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, providing scientific leadership on research intended to improve the quality of drug abuse treatment and recovery services, with a special emphasis on the implementation of evidence-based interventions. Prior to joining NIDA, she worked for the Bureau of Prisons, implementing and evaluating substance abuse treatment programs for federally sentenced offenders.

Course Creator

Stephen H. Crane MA

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the prevalence of Substance Use Disorder in the prison population, list its ramifications.

  2. Identify methods of treatment specific to the unique nature of the population.

  3. Apply various modes of treatment specific to drug used, including pharmacotherapy.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

1 CE credit hour

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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

1 CE credit hour

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

1 CPD hour

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Course Material

References begin on page 34.

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Course Number 102449
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