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Substance Use Among Individuals With Mild Or Borderline Intellectual Disability

About the Course

The prevalence rates of substance use (SU) among individuals with mild to borderline intellectual disability (MBID) range from nearly non-existent to highly prevalent. This could be due to changes in methodology between various studies. Even though SU has become increasingly popular among people with MBID, addiction medicine has mostly overlooked the topic. This course focuses on addressing the prevalence, assessment, and treatment of substance use (SU) among children, adolescents, and adults with mild to borderline intellectual disability (MBID). This is accomplished by using the research articles on the material tab.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, “A Systematic Review of Substance Use (Disorder) in Individuals with Mild to Borderline Intellectual Disability” created by Dr. Neomi van Duijvenbode and Dr. Joanne E.L. VanDerNagel and “Substance use among individuals with mild intellectual disability or borderline intellectual functioning in residential care: Examining the relationship between drinking motives and substance use” created by Dr. Esmée P. Schijven et al.

Publication Date:

Eur Addict Res 2019;25:263–282; J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2019;32:871–878.

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Dr. Esmée P. Schijven

Dr. Schijven is associated with the Research and Development, Pluryn, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She has published 9 articles in peer reviewed journals All of her publications focus on substance abuse treatment for those with intellectual disabilities..

Dr. Robert Didden

Dr. Robert Didden, a certified mental health care psychologist, focuses as a researcher on young people and adults with a mild intellectual disability and severe behavioral and psychological problems. His scientific and clinical interests are in risk factors, diagnosis and treatment, aggressive behavior, addiction problems, trauma, and personality problems. His work has been published in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Neomi van Duijvenbode

Dr. Neomi van Duijvenbode is a science practitioner who bridges the gap between research and practice. She earned her PhD in 'The neuropsychology of addiction disorders in people with MID' at Radboud University. She has published more than 40 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Joanne E.L. VanDerNagel

Dr. Neomi van Duijvenbode is a science practitioner who bridges the gap between research and practice. She earned her PhD in 'The neuropsychology of addiction disorders in people with MID' at Radboud University. She has published more than 40 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

Danny Wamsley, LCASA

Danny Wamsley is a licensed addiction specialist with a clinical certification with the National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD). Danny currently works in manage care as a DSS liaison. His primary goal is to provide consultation to social workers who are involved with child-protective services and In-Home Services. Danny also has 10+ years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with intellectual disability and substance use. Danny’s professional interests include addictions/recovery, intellectual disability, foster care, military, trauma, and domestic violence.

Recommended For:

Addiction professionals, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for beginners.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Examine the relationship between substance use in individuals with MID‐BIF and their motives for substance use.
  2. Describe the prevalence, assessment, and treatment of SU(D) among children, adolescents, and adults with MBID.
  3. Identify risk factors associated with developing SUD and Identify the barriers individuals with MBID often experience with SUD treatment.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103191
2.5 CE credit hours
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