Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference in Substance Abuse Specific Training and General Skill Building training?

  • Substance abuse specific training is education which directly addresses content focused upon alcohol and other drugs and the substance abusing population and is provided for substance abuse professionals by one whose expertise is in the field of alcohol and other drugs. It also includes any training that covers the required specialty topics necessary for credentialing and renewal (i.e., HIV/AIDS, Ethics, Nicotine Dependence, Psychopathology, Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches, Substance Abuse Issues in Older Adults, and Substance Abuse Issues Affecting Veterans).
  • General Skill Building training is any training provided to enhance the professional skills of the participants and is provided by a competent professional in the area of the training.

What do the different abbreviations mean and what does each category cover?

  • SS – Substance Abuse Specific
  • GSB – General Skill Building
  • HIV/AIDS –includes blood borne pathogens, STDs and TB.
  • ETHICS –ethics and cultural diversity / competency.
  • ND – Nicotine Dependence
  • PSY – Psychopathology – co-occurring disorders
  • EBT – Evidence-based treatment – examples are MI, ASAM, LOCAS, CBT, DBT, DSM, person centered planning, and intensive outpatient treatment
  • SUDE (formerly SAOA) – Substance Use Disorders and the Elderly
  • SUDE (formerly SAV) – Substance Use Disorders and Veterans
  • CSS – Clinical Supervision Specific