Forensic Issues with Substance Use Disorders

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In this 2-hour workshop, attendees will learn some of the basics about forensic psychology in general and, in particular, how it applies to evaluation and testimony when substance use disorders are involved with adults and teenagers. Practical and ethical considerations will be presented, as well as differences between the provider’s role as a therapist vs. that of a forensic specialist.


  • Define the term “forensic” and how it applies to the counseling domain (and especially with substance use disorders).
  • Describe the difference between a forensic practice (both evaluation and testimony) and a therapeutic practice.
  • Recognize the difference between a forensic practice with juveniles vs adults.
  • Identify some of the practical and ethical pitfalls inherent in this domain and some ways to avoid them.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, & LMFT
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC, & NBCC
State Board Approval
TX-TCB 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 1000
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self

    • Lecture1.1
      Forensic Issues with Substance Use Disorders

    • Lecture2.1
      Forensic Issues with Substance Use Disorders
  • QUIZ 1

    • Quiz3.1
      Forensic Issues with Substance Use Disorders 15 questions
Stephen Mathis is a licensed psychologist and an internationally certified addictions counselor who has been working with adolescents, young and middle adults, and families/couples since 1983. He is one of the few clinicians who works on weekends and makes house calls. In addition to providing a variety of assessments (i.e., psychoeducational, forensic, cognitive, emotional, neurological, personological), individual psychotherapy (both “regularly scheduled” and intensive outpatient), and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges and training institutes, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, consults with various professionals and organizations, has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.), and is in the process of writing a book on addictions based on his development trauma model. True to the advice given to the patients he serves, Dr. Mathis adheres to a healthy lifestyle, an illicit substance-free existence, and a holistic dietary regimen, making the majority of his meals from scratch himself without using refined or artificial ingredients or simple carbohydrates. In his free time, Dr. Mathis is an avid collector of classic stringed instruments and amplifiers, as well as a being a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer.