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Helping Clients Make Decisions about Hepatitis

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Credit Value: 2
Exam Questions: 20
Passing Grade: 15 correct
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Course Description: This course is based upon material published in the Treatment Improvement Protocol by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and is available as an open access article.

In determining eligibility for treatment of viral hepatitis, medical care providers consider the timing of hepatitis treatment, treatment contraindications, the presence of more urgent problems, the likelihood of patients’ adhering to hepatitis treatment, and the likelihood of treatment success. Medical care providers, clients, and counselors should work together to consider the advisability of antiviral treatment. There is growing consensus that people who have injected or still inject drugs can be successfully treated for hepatitis. Steps to help clients whether to begin antiviral treatment are to be discussed in the following chapter. Once a client makes a decision about hepatitis treatment, the counselor should support that decision and offer to reconsider in the future if circumstances change. Clients from special populations might require additional education or advocacy. Their unique needs must be considered in antiviral treatment planning.

This course on viral hepatitis is designed for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, and substance abuse counselors, who do clinical work.  This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of helping hepatitis patients make a decision for their course of treatment. The course material includes a brief literature review.  It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.  

Authors:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding patients making medical decisions about hepatitis treatment. Specifically, a professional will:

  • Describe the counselor’s role in helping clients make medical decisions about hepatitis treatment.

  • Identify factors to consider about hepatitis treatment.

  • Recognize barriers to hepatitis treatment for special populations.

Citation:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (2011). Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People with Substance Use Disorders. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA11-4656/TIP53.pdf

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Credits: 2 Exam Fee: $20.00 Format: Online
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