Current Trends in Drugs and Alcohol: Use, Abuse and Addiction

Presented and developed by Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC

This course is for everyone--even those who have a specialization in chemical dependency.

Are you aware that Instagram is the latest location for drug buys and connections?  That more than 350 illicit synthetic drugs are currently in circulation?  That today's average first-time heroin user is most likely to be a 23 year old white woman?  That 3 percent of high school students report using heroin regularly and they started using heroin because they could not obtain prescription painkiller?  Or that prescription drug abuse and addiction is the fastest growing epidemic in chemical dependency?  If you are not aware of these current trends, you may be missing an important aspect of treatment for your clients.

Whether you have a certification in chemical dependency counseling or not, you will benefit from the information available in this workshop.  Although this course covers current trends in drug and alcohol use, it focuses on what is happening on the streets and in the homes of Washington state.

This interactive course covers the main drug categories and their effect on the brain and body over time; the latest reports of illicit drugs and their use; the drugs seen in Washington state communities; the treatment available; and the personal dynamics and progression of use, abuse and addiction.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Cascadia Training is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider #: 6575.)   and by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State Approved Clock Hour Offering Workshop.

Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC

Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington and began her career in social service as a Resource and Education Counselor working with the seriously mental ill.

Randi obtained a Washington State Certification in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Chemical Dependency Professional Certification.  She then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Counseling from Antioch University, Seattle.  

In 2010 through 2013, Randi was the Director of The Soldiers Project Washington, a non-profit organization providing no cost, no report mental health counseling to current and former military members, their families and concerned others.  

In addition to specializing in treatment of suicidality, Randi provides counseling to those dealing with substance abuse, gambling and military trauma.

Randi also provides trainings for Washington State Behavioral Health Conference, Evergreen Council on Program Gambling, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, various employment assistance programs, and individual health agencies.  Randi also specializes in developing Suicide Prevention Programs for Native American communities as well as various youth mental health programs.

Ms Jensen is the author of Just Because You're Suicidal Doesn't Mean You're Crazy: The Psychobiology of Suicide, a book about overcoming chronic suicidality through peer support.  She is currently writing her second book called, How to Talk to Kids about Suicide: A book for all ages" as well as collecting stories of triumph for her book, "Just Because I Tried to Kill Myself Doesn't Mean I want to Die: Lessons Learned in Recovery from Suicidality. 

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