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Yale University

Addiction Treatment: Clinical Skills for Healthcare Providers

Yale University via Coursera


This course is designed with a singular goal: to improve the care you provide to your patients with substance use disorders. By delving into a model case performed by actors, seven Yale instructors from various fields provide techniques to screen your patients for substance use disorder risk, diagnose patients to gauge the severity of their use, directly manage treatment plans, refer out to treatment services, and navigate the various conditions that may limit your patient’s access to treatment. You will ultimately be prepared to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to a large population of patients living with addiction— a chronic, often relapsing-remitting disease, but a treatable one.

This course is supported in part by SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of financial assistance awards from grant #1H79FG000023 totaling $249,900 and grant #3H79TI081968-02S1 from SAMHSA totaling $1,354,651 with 100 percent funded by SAMHSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Note: The content in this course is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.


  • “How can I show compassion toward patients with substance use disorders?”
  • “How do I know if my patient has a substance use disorder?”
  • "How do I recommend treatment options?”
  • “What medications help patients manage their substance use disorders?”
  • “What psychosocial or behavioral therapies are available for patients with substance use disorders?”
  • "What societal factors impact successful recovery?”

Taught by

Ellen Edens


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