Lesson 1 Summary

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In this first lesson, we have focused on self-awareness as a foundation to consider substance use. Recognizing that you come to this course with a wealth of knowledge, this lesson was aimed at helping you to articulate that knowledge and identify its source. Self-reflexivity in practice requires that you continue to examine your beliefs and values against your experience and empirical knowledge. In this first lesson, we introduced some core themes of this course that included the linkage of your competencies to those identified by the CCSA, the model of evidence-based practice, and the concept of stigma with respect to substance use. These concepts provide a foundation for the next lesson on the etiology of substance use and substance use disorders, which looks at the biological etiology; for Lesson 3 which focuses on psychological contributors; and for Lesson 4 which examines the social risk and protective factors.

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