This course is geared for professionals at the basic, intermediate, advanced and clinical levels. This brief continuing education online workshop is a practical presentation of why and how to screen for the presence of Substance Use Disorders in clinical practice. It offers a clear rationale of why screening for Substance Use Disorders is important in clinical practice and practical methods for implementing a standard screening procedure that is quick, inexpensive, and accurate. The presentation discusses the commonly used screening methods with an explanation of the value and shortcomings of each method. A variety of screening instruments are discussed, all of them in the public domain.

This course consists of a recorded lecture and interactive quizzes.

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Determine situations in which to screen for substance use disorders in clinical practice
  • Recognize how to implement a standard screening procedure that is quick and accurate
  • Analyze the pros and cons of several different screening methods, all of which are in the public domain

Theodore M. Godlaski, M.Div., CADC is a retired Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Social Work at the University of Kentucky. He spent 23 years doing treatment, program administration, and clinical supervision before coming to the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research in 1993. In August of 2002 he moved from the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research to the College of Social Work in order to devote more time to teaching. He retired from the College of Social Work in 2019. He is former Chairperson of the National Ethics Committee for the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and worked on the revision of their code of ethics. He also served as a member of the Kentucky Certification Board of Chemical Dependency Counselors and a member of its Complaint Committee. He was also a senior area editor for the journal Substance Use and Misuse (formerly International Journal on the Addictions). He has been involved in treatment outcome and treatment effectiveness research as well as research to develop a treatment approach specifically for rural substance abusers.

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, ACE Approval #1377, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The UK College of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 9/29/2019 - 9/29/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits.

This course is also approved for 1.5 continuing education hours by the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology, the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, go here

To receive credit for this course, you must view/complete the entire course, pass the related post-test, and submit a completed course evaluation. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. Your certificate will become available for an automatic download once all of the requirements are complete.

Online courses cannot be cancelled and refunds are not available.

Course Originally Released on: 8/23/2014

If you have any questions regarding this course, need assistance registering for it, or experience any technical difficulties with completing it, please contact Miranda Huffman at or at (859) 257-2895.



Credit Categories


Estimated Learning Time:

1h  30m


Online Course
Due Date05/19/2020
Module 1 Course Material and Video
Lesson 1 Course Material - Screening for Substance Use Disorders
Lesson 2 Screening for Substance Use Disorders
Module 2 Course Quiz
Lesson 1 Quiz
Module 3 Course Feedback
Lesson 1 Feedback