Substance Use Disorder: The Essentials of Diagnosis



Join Corey Pitts, MA, LCMHC, LCAS in an informative/collaborative webinar in efforts to gain insight in reducing jargon surrounding the use of diagnosis and diagnostic criteria within the realm of substance use diagnosing! Portions of DSM 5 will be unpacked, specifically, consideration and discussion of CNS Depressants, CNS Stimulants, Perception Distorting Drugs, Narcotics, as well as Nicotine. This discussion will provide insight into the categories of a substance use disorder, differentiating between use disorder, abuse, and dependence (among other areas), as well as ways in which to apply such knowledge through the use of case conceptualizations. 


  • Dispel jargon surrounding diagnostic criteria associated with substance use disorder diagnostic criteria, presenting symptoms, etc. 
  • Discuss the proper assessment techniques in conjunction with the substance use disorder criterion.
  • Collaborate surrounding application, viewing certain case studies to encapsulate typology.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by
ASWB # 1706, NAADAC # 139138 & NBCC # 6703
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board Sponsor # 50-29024
CE Broker Tracking # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 8
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
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      Substance Use Disorder: The Essentials of Diagnosis

Corey Pitts is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), as well as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) who currently works for UNC Health Care’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Corey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir Rhyne University. Corey’s areas of interest stem from not only co-occurring disorders but
also from complexities of substance abuse difficulties, as well as how these impact communities. His expertise stems particularly from Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), where he provided individual & group counseling for a caseload of 50+ clients, as well as psych assessment, case management, and relapse prevention strategies. Corey’s
treatment modalities stem from assortments of counseling theory. Although Corey considers himself to be an eclectic counselor, he tends to have strength in the utilization of Jungian Psychoanalysis, Glasser’s Reality Therapy/Choice Theory, and Motivational Interviewing.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 6:30-8:30 PM EST.

5:30-7:30 Central Time