Methamphetamine and It's Impact on Brain and Behavior: Best Practices for Delivering Effective Treatment: SELF-PACED ONLINE COURSE

3 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025

Presenter: Beth A. Rutkowski, MPH

The purpose of this online training is to provide participants with information about methamphetamine and its impact on the user's brain, body, and behavior. The mental health and physical health consequences of methamphetamine use will be presented, including the cognitive impact of methamphetamine use. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how to implement effective behavioral treatment interventions with people who use methamphetamine, and the necessary adaptations needed to engage and retain people in care. Specific topics will include: (1) the scope of methamphetamine use from a local, regional, and national perspective; (2) methamphetamine and the brain and its impact on cognition; (3) methamphetamine and psychosis/psychiatric co-morbidity; (4) short- and long-term health consequences; (5) the methamphetamine-HIV link; (6) effective, evidence-based behavioral treatments for people with a stimulant use disorder; and (7) methamphetamine treatment outcomes.



  1. 1.       Describe the patterns and trends of methamphetamine use, both locally and nationally.
  2. 2.       List at least three short-term and three long-term effects of methamphetamine use.
  3. 3.       Describe the cognitive impact of methamphetamine use.
  4. 4.       Summarize at least two specific behavioral interventions that have been proven effective in treating people with a stimulant use disorder.


Funding for this training was made possible, in part, by the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, HHS Region 9, cooperative agreement 1H79 TI080211-02 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To learn more about the Pacific Southwest ATTC visit their website at

Continuing Education Units: 4 CEU

This training is approved for CEUs by the following professional organizations:


  • National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
  • International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)


  • Nevada Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug, & Gambling Counselors
  • Nevada State Board of Nursing
  • Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors
  • State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers
  • Nevada Certification Board (for CHW, PRSS & Prevention)

Presentation materials are not for reproduction or distribution without specific written authorization. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in our courses are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of CASAT. Additional handouts, if available, are available by request.


Date Sun, Jan 3 12:00 am GMT-7 (America/Boise)
End Date Wed, Dec 31 12:00 am GMT-7 (America/Boise)
Registration Start Date Thu, Jul 29 12:00 am GMT-6 (America/Boise)
Event Time Zone MDT
Cut Off Date Wed, Dec 31 12:00 am GMT-7 (America/Boise)
Individual Price $80
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