Course Description

Course Description

“Faith-based Organizations (FBOs) and communities have a long tradition of supporting individuals and families affected by substance use disorders. The following are just some examples of how FBOs contribute to SUD prevention, education, and recovery efforts: participate in prevention efforts by providing education; host or increase access to intervention and recovery support programs; create awareness and decrease stigma through open dialogue and collaborations; provide community outreach services, SUD resources, and individual and family guidance; and provide spiritual and faith-based leadership to their members and communities in times of need.” (Opioid Use Disorder Toolkit). This course provides information and resources for faith leaders and faith community organizations to consider when developing a strategic response to the opioid crisis.

Course Modality: This is an independent home-study course. Students will take the course according to their own timeline. 

Course Completion: To receive the course certificate, each student is required to agree to Student Learning Contract, read all text-based materials, view any media posted, complete and pass course examination, and complete and submit course evaluation. 

Senior Instructor

Diane Sherman, PhD

Dr. Diane Sherman, Ph.D., a substance abuse profession since 1975, beginning her career while serving in the U.S. Army for in the capacity of Behavioral Science Specialist.  She holds the national advanced credential of Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II, and E-Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Diane earned her Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Capella University in 2007. Since 2008 she has taught and supervised students who are in pursuit of the certified addiction counselor credential. She is a national, regional and state presenter offering topics relevant to addiction professional, clinical, and ethical practices and clinical supervision. In 2015 was honored to receive the Georgia School of Addiction Studies, Bruce Hoopes Pioneer Award in Addiction Treatment, a personally meaningful award, for excellence in the addiction profession.

Course curriculum