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Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency

Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency (15 CE UNIT HOURS)

Started Oct 21, 2020

$150 Enroll

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Course Description


Substance abuse presents a significant cost to individuals and society in a variety of areas including lost work productivity, crime, and health care. This course will discuss substances of abuse, societal implications, and evaluation and treatment of individuals affected by substance use disorders.

This course is sponsored by Alliant International University, which has been approved by the American Psychological Association to provide CE.

APA-approved CE is accepted by the California BOP and BBS.


There are no required texts for this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course:

  • Is work at your own pace with no start or end dates. Anyone can register at any time.
  • Awards continuing education hours upon successful completion


Course Instructor

Jennifer Foster, PsyD

Jennifer Foster, PsyD

Jennifer Foster, Psy.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Fresno Clinical PsyD Program at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) of Alliant International University. Dr. Foster currently teaches foundational clinical courses including observation and interviewing, psychopathology, theories, and ethics, as well as chemical dependency and treatment. In addition, she assists with training and program development at the W. Gary Cannon Psychological Services Center at Alliant Intentional University, Fresno and is a licensed psychologist. Her clinical interests include complex trauma, characterological disorders, women’s psychology, and substance abuse issues. In addition, Dr. Foster presents trainings and professional lectures on various topics including chemical dependency, mental health treatment in juvenile detention facilities, objectification of women, and culturally responsive mentorship in psychology.

Stephanie Houk, MA

Stephanie Houk, MA

Stephanie Houk, M.A., is a Clinical Psychology PsyD Student at Alliant International University, Fresno. She teaches labs for first-year graduate students on various topics including foundational clinical skills and assessment. As a psychological trainee, she leads DBT group therapy, conducts Anger Management assessments, and facilitates CBT groups within the juvenile justice system and adult theft diversion programs. In addition, she works with clients who present with various mood labilities related to substance use disorders, personality disorders, and complex trauma. She also provides bilingual (English/Spanish) mental health services to the Spanish-speaking community. Her areas of interest include the intersectional dynamics influencing the psychological well-being of sexual minority Latinx women.

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Course Date:

Open Enrollment



Course Type:

Asynchronous Web Lectures      15 CE Unit Hours