On Demand Online Courses

On-demand online courses are self-paced, static courses that can be completed at any time through our asynchronous online learning platform. CCSME members (including staff at member organizations) can access these courses for free using their member coupon code at checkout.

Introduction to Psychosis-Informed Mental Health Care (On-Demand)

Presenter: Rebecca Jaynes, LCPC | The Psychosis-Informed Care training is for anyone in the mental health field who would like to learn how to assess early psychosis in their practice and incorporate psychosis-informed care into other treatment models.

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Moral Injury in Behavioral Healthcare: Ethics in the Big Picture (on-demand)

Trainer: Rosalie Genova, LCPC, CCS
Learn what the psychosocial phenomenon of moral injury is, and how you may encounter and address it as a behavioral health professional.
1.5 contact hours

Storytelling 101 for Behavioral Health and Recovery

This course will introduce participants to the art and science of storytelling, with a focus on crafting and sharing narratives to uplift people addressing mental health challenges and use disorders.

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Self-care as an ethical practice (On-demand)

Presenter: Kelli Fox, LCSW, CCS, LADC
Self-care is important to help counselors maintain their personal wellness to be able to practice to the full standards of their field. In this course, you will learn about how engaging in self-care can be a strategy to maintain strong ethical practices as a counselor.

Religion, Spirituality and Ethics for Counseling Professionals

Presenter: John Yasenchak, Ed.D, LCPC, LADC This course explores what spirituality and religion are, how …

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Technological Addictions: Focus on Gambling, Gaming, and Cybersex

Presenter: Dr. Petros Levounis

As technology becomes integrated into every facet of modern life, technological addictions are becoming increasingly prevalent. This session will inform healthcare professionals about the addictive potential of technology and help them view these addictions as legitimate psychiatric conditions worthy of medical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.

Neurobiology of Addiction

Presenter: Petros Levounis, MD

This course describes the fundamental model of the neurobiology of addiction, including the addition of newer concepts such as motivational circuitry and anti-reward pathways. (1.5 contact hours)

Invitation to Change Approach: Integrating CRAFT, MI and ACT

Presenter: Nicole Kosanke, PhD

The Invitation to Change approach draws from the most effective behavioral strategies and concepts found in 3 evidence-based treatments: CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). In this brief introduction to Invitation to Change, you will learn how this approach brings together science and kindness.


The Brain’s Basis of Serious Psychiatric, Stress and Substance Use Disorders

Presented by Carl Salzman, MD | This course provides a review of both normal and abnormal brain function and examines the relationships between brain dysfunction, psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) for Practitioners

As follow up to the Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis course, this course offers a deeper look at how practitioners can utilize CBTp to help their clients.

Preventing and addressing nicotine, prescription and illicit drug use among adolescents with and without ADHD

This course reviews the use of SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment) to discuss substance use with adolescents with a focus on stimulant use, including nicotine, prescription psychostimulants and illicit stimulants.

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Neurobiology and the Intersection of Substance Use and Mental Health

Presenter: Petros Levounis, MD, MA

This course will review the current research on the intersection of substance use and mental health, starting with a review of research on the neurobiology of substance use disorder, followed by substance specific trainings and a look at specific case examples. 6 contact hours

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Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Behavioral Health

Presenter: Frederic Reamer, PhD

This on-demand online course will explore cutting-edge ethical issues arising out of behavioral health professionals’ growing use of digital technology, electronic interventions and communications, and social media to deliver services and communicate with clients.

Working with Methamphetamine-Involved Persons in Justice Systems

Presenter: Helen Harberts, MA, JD

Court, treatment, and case outcomes improve if supervision, treatment, counsel, social services, health staff, and Court personnel know what to look for, what to expect, and how to deal with challenges associated with methamphetamine use.

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Prescription Monitoring Program, the CDC Chronic Pain Guidelines and the Opioid Crisis

Curt Cyr, Ph.D., R.Ph

This course reviews the current state of the opioid epidemic, what the state Prescription Monitoring Program is, and what are the current CDC guidelines for treatment of chronic pain.

Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorder: Maximizing Evidence-Based Practice

Learn how to maximize the use of evidence-based practices for the treatment of stimulant use disorder, including discussion of contingency management, CBT, community reinforcement, motivational interviewing, and physical activity.

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Stigma, Drugs and Policy: How Language Drives Change

Presenter: John Kelly, PhD, ABPP | Stigma associated with substance use and addiction remains one of the biggest barriers to treatment. This course examines factors involved in stigma and discrimination, and offers evidence-based strategies on how to overcome them.

Indigenous Culture: Foundations for Educators and Health Professionals

This foundations course will connect the origination of the Wabanaki people, their traditional belief system, and the impact of language on their world view. Experiences of living and passed Native people are shared.

Ethical Standards and Technology: What a-‘bot’-us?

This course will briefly review the history of digital ethics standards in counseling and will look at our relationships to technology. It will also explore the impact of post-human technological philosophy on our professional ethics, centering on the importance of remembering to ask, “What Does It Mean to Be a Person”?

Transgender and Gender Expansive Adults: Supportive Medical Treatment

Learn about the role of medical providers working with transgender and gender expansive adults to provide gender affirming medical treatment.

Transgender and Gender Expansive Adults: Health Disparities and Support

This course provides an overview of the role and expectations for behavioral health clinicians with regard to treatment and social and medical transition planning for adults.

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)

Geared toward providers working with people who experience psychosis, participants in this course will learn about the spirit and structure of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis.

Family Planning for Women with Opioid Use Disorder

This course describes the complexities of family planning decision making, with a focus on specific factors that influence family planning for women with opioid use disorder (OUD).

Co-Occurring Disorders: What you need to know & Prescribing tips

In this video course, Dr. Leah Bauer discusses evidence-based strategies to diagnose and treat co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders.  This course is relevant for both providers and prescribers.

Toolkit for Residential Skill Development

This is a free toolkit for supervisors in residential settings to discuss with staff soft skills for working with clients. Topics include trauma, communication, boundaries and co-occurring disorders.

Transgender and Gender Expansive Adults: Foundations for Behavioral Health and Medical Tx

A refresher and foundation for affirming language, terminology, and best practices to use when working with Transgender and Gender Expansive individuals, with a focus on medical and behavioral health settings.

Resources and Tips for Person-Centered Planning and Practice

Free Mini-Course (.25 contact hours)  This brief course will provide basic information on what person-centered planning is and how you can begin to integrate it in your practice.

Strategies to decrease opioid prescribing and OUD in pregnant women

In this course, you will learn patterns of opioid prescribing in women, consequences of over-prescribing in women, and methods to prevent Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in women, including during pregnancy.

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Stimulant Use and Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

Learn the current data on stimulant use by patients on medication for opioid use disorder, what are the clinical concerns related to use of stimulants, and current evidence-based treatments for stimulant use.

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Understanding Chronic Pain

This course will introduce participants to models and concepts used at the Living Life Well Pain Rehabilitation Program at the Pain Center at Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland. These models and concepts point to the need for robust, community-wide, and multidisciplinary responses to help our neighbors, friends, and family members suffering with chronic pain.

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Polypharmacy, Opioids and Benzodiazepines

What is polypharmacy, and what are the impacts of polypharmacy on patient care and quality of life? This course will address this and review management strategies for polypharmacy, especially involving opioids and benzodiazepines.

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Elevating Evidence-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

This course will explore how stigma undermines evidence-based practice to address opioid use disorder, treatment and recovery. It will examine the factors that contribute to the opioid epidemic as well as what can be done to help communities move forward more effectively.

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Skill Development for Work in Residential Settings

Free Course: This course will give participants concrete, practical concepts to bring to their work in residential settings, including an overview of trauma and observable behaviors associated with trauma, the link between trauma, substance use and co-occurring disorders, and examples of positive communication skills to use with dysregulated clients.

Gabapentinoids in Chronic Pain: Nuts, Bolts and Pearls

Review the utility of gabapentin and pregabalin for the treatment of pain, and compare and contrast the clinical use of these agents, with a focus on dosing, tolerability, monitoring, and patient education.

Treatment of Minors in Maine: Consent, Confidentiality and Control

This course will provide an overview of the basis for valid consent by a minor; providers’ ability to accept or decline a minor’s consent; a minor’s right to consent to treatment and to control confidentiality; exceptions to confidentiality; and managing parents’ expectation of access to their child’s PHI when the minor’s consent permitted treatment.

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Stimulant Use Disorders: Epidemiology, Clinical Challenges, and Treatments

This course  reviews clinical challenges presented by stimulant users and current protocols for addressing acute medical/psychiatric conditions. Evidence-based behavioral/psychosocial strategies along with pharmacotherapies currently considered promising will be covered.

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What Does Treatment and Recovery from SUDs Look Like Today?

This course provides an overview of what treatment services have looked like and what they are today. It highlights effective approaches and where we need to head to support recovery.

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Rapid Access: The Addiction Resource Center 10-Year View

A retrospective review explores how a Maine substance treatment program was able to dramatically increase their access to addiction treatment through process improvement.

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Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)

How to Help Family Members Affected by a Loved One’s Substance Use
This course discusses the main principles of CRAFT and some accessible resources for clinicians and patients alike.

Primary Prevention and Building Resilience

This course provides an overview of the foundation science of substance use prevention.

Making Pain Management Less Painful

Non-Opioid Psychotropic Medications in the Treatment of Chronic Pain
This course reviews evidence-based non-opioid medications in the treatment of chronic pain, highlighting dosing and adjustment considerations, comparing and contrasting various medications, and providing an appropriate treatment regimen.

Motivational Interviewing: What It Is and What It Is Not

This online primer provides an overview to the evidence-based clinical method of communication, Motivational Interviewing (MI). This course explores what defines MI and its underlying spirit, structure, and principles.

Change Attitudes, Change Actions, and Champion Recovery

This course explores the impact of stigma on people in and seeking recovery from substance use disorder, and identifies concrete ways to adopt language and take actions to align with and support the development of recovery-oriented language, recovery-oriented care, and recovery capital in ourselves, our organizations, and our communities.

Assessing Risks and Mitigation When Prescribing Opioids

This course reviews strategies such as risk assessment tools and protocols when prescribing opioids that support patient/client safety and mitigate risk.

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Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance-Related Conditions and Disorders

*Course temporarily unavailable – Feb 2022* This course provides fundamental knowledge about co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Opioids and the Brain: What Can Go Wrong!

What happens to the brain when opioids are introduced? Where does the euphoria come from and why does it become something else over time? This brief, self-directed online course addresses these questions and more.

The Emergency Department’s Role in Stemming the Tide of Opioid Misuse

The Emergency Department (ED) can be an entry point for treatment, a safety net, or in some cases, a place to obtain drugs. This brief, self-directed online course explores how the ED can be part of the solution.

Pharmacists: Vital Members of the Healthcare Team

This brief, self-directed online course explores the contributions of the pharmacist and the supporting evidence and impact the pharmacist has on patient care.

Opioids: A Problem of Epidemic Proportions

This brief, self-directed online course describes the opioids taken in overdose, discusses the evolution of the opioid epidemic, reviews statistics, and discusses the presentation and management of opioid overdose.

Recovery Perspectives

In this web-based course, you will see people with their own experiences of recovery from co-occurring conditions discuss among themselves — and with service providers — the issues that are of most concern to them when they ask for help.

Ethics in a Digital World

This brief, self-directed online course explores cutting-edge ethical issues arising out of practitioners’ and clients’ growing use of digital technology, electronic interventions and communications, and social media.