Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Use Clients in Early Recovery Part 1

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In this educational course you will cover tools for counselors helps to treat individuals who have symptoms of depression and substance use conditions. Part 1 of this course will cover screening, assessment, treatment, counseling, cultural competence, and continuing care. Information learned from this course can be used by program administrators and treatment providers to integrate in treatment targeting individuals in early recovery.

Learning Objectives

1.  Understanding of background issues such as the nature and extent of depressive symptoms in clients receiving substance abuse treatment, an introduction to counseling approaches, issues related to the setting in which you work, cultural concerns, and your role and responsibilities.
2. Gain knowledge of screening and assessment techniques and knowing when to refer.
3.  How to create client centered treatment plans and provide individualized care.
4.  Understanding of the treatment process and continuity of care for clinicians.
5. An overview of decision trees that will assist clinicians at key points in working with individuals with depressive symptoms (e.g., when to refer and when to use a variety of differing counseling approaches).


  • Professional Care Providers
  • Program Planners, Administrators, & Project Managers



AuthorCenter for Substance Abuse Treatment. Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients During Early Recovery. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 48. HHS Publication No.(SMA) 13-4353. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2008.


Exam written by: Tamika Lett, PhD Human Services, NCAC II, CSAC, CCTP, QMHP A/C