Prevention of Substance Use in Early Childhood

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This education course covers National Institutes of Health’s Prevention of Substance Use in Early Childhood. Substance use and addiction are preventable disorders that interfere with normal healthy functioning, contributing to physical and behavioral health problems, injuries, lost income and productivity, and family dysfunction. There has been significant research which has found that intervention in adolescents is effective, but prevention of substance abuse can occur earlier in childhood.  There are many benefits to early intervention, including prevention of manifesting of other negative outcomes. This training covers education and tools to use in early childhood prevention of substance use. This education covers the Treatment Planning and Case management skills of the Eight Counselor Skill Groups ascribed by NAADAC and NCC AP.


Learning ObjectivesUpon completion of this education course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of why early childhood is important to substance use prevention;
  2. Understand research based strategies for prevention;
  3. Identify assessment tools to use;
  4. Identify risk and protective factors in working with children.




AuthorNIDA. 2020, June 3. Table of Contents. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-substance-abuse-prevention-early-childhood/table-contents

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