Lectures on Substance Use

Lectures on Substance Use

Includes a Live Event on 05/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

A series of four complimentary webinars focusing on substance use and misuse with speakers providing various perspectives on the topics. Participants can earn up to 1 continuing education (CE) credit per webinar.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

More information can be found at pcssNOW.org

James DiReda

Peer Support and Lived Experience in Substance Use Treatment and Recovery

Anna Maria College

Dr. James DiReda, LICSW, PhD holds a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University, and a Masters’ degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years of direct clinical experience and consulting in the field of addictions. He has served as an advocate, treatment provider, researcher, and educator, working with individuals and families, hospitals, corrections facilities, and treatment programs, and private organizations on addiction. Dr. DiReda is an Associate Professor in the School of Professional Studies at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA and a Partner at Lake Ave Recovery in Worcester, MA.  He is a person in long-term recovery (37 years), and has published books and articles on addiction, speaks publicly on the topic, and has presented at local and international professional conferences.


Peer Support and Lived Experience in Substance Use Treatment and Recovery 
05/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Through a combination of scholarly publications and personal experiences shared by the presenter, attendees of this webinar will learn about peer support for individuals with substance use disorders. The webinar will provide a description of peer support, its value and utility, and its role in the continuum of care and treatment of substance use disorders and the Recovery process. Learning Objectives: · Define peer support and lived experience · Describe the role of peer support in substance use treatment and recovery · Recognize how to engage peer support specialists and individuals with lived experience as part of an interprofessional team · Describe how to incorporate peer support into social work education

Participants may earn 1 continuing education clock hour per lecture. The lectures are appropriate for generalist or clinical social work practice. The target audience is social work educators and practitioners, but the content may also be of interest to students. To earn one CE certificate per lecture, participants must:

·       Review all the course material (total time is approximately 1 hour per lecture)

·       Correctly answer a minimum of 80% of the assessment questions

·       Complete the electronic evaluation form

·       Verify their identity through an online acknowledgement form

After meeting these minimum requirements, participants can select a CE certificate to print that will list the participant name, course name, number of CEs, and the date of completion.

CSWE (ACE Approval #1163) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/23/2021-1/23/2024. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Scheduled Access/Interaction

All content for this course is asynchronous, so participants can complete the course on their own time and at their own pace. There is no scheduled access/interaction with course speakers. If you would like to communicate with a speaker or CSWE staff about this course, please e-mail learningacademy@cswe.org. CSWE operates regular business hours (9:00 am-5:00 pm) Monday-Friday.

Accommodations for a Disability

If you require accommodations to complete this course due to a disability, please e-mail learningacademy@cswe.org and provide a written explanation of the type of accommodation you require. 

Procedures for Complaints and Grievances

Please follow the below outlined procedures to issue a complaint or grievance regarding any matter related to CSWE's continuing education program:

1.      Complaints or grievances must be submitted in writing to CSWE via mail at 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 OR via e-mail to CEsatAPM@cswe.org.

2.      Complaints will be reviewed by the CE Program Manager and responded to in writing within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint.

3.      Individuals issuing a complaint/grievance may request to have a phone hearing with the CE Program Manager in the event that they disagree with CSWE's written response. 

A record of all written complaints/grievances and CSWE's written responses are retained and reported to the Association of Social Work Board's Approved Continuing Education Program.


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