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Why You Should Care about the Genetics of Addiction: Implications for Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment

1.5 CE Hour
Substance Abuse

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The field of genetics is rapidly advancing, and personalized medicine promises to change the way we approach prevention, intervention, and treatment. What does this mean for the field of addiction? In this talk, Dr. Dick will provide an update on what we know about the genetics of addiction, how new advances are having an impact on our ability to prevent and intervene in substance use disorders, and how you can apply this knowledge now to help individuals and families.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe how genetic influences impact substance use disorders
  • Explain the current state of gene identification and precision medicine
  • Identify characteristics that indicate genetic risk
  • Apply knowledge about genetically influenced risk pathways to prevention/intervention efforts
Substance Abuse

This program has been approved for 1.5 CE clock hours in Diagnosis by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.

Addiction Counselors

This course has been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, is responsible for all aspects of the programing. Counselor Skill Group: Counseling Services.


1.5 Credit – Click here to review Accreditation

Full Details: Learner Notification

Social Workers, #1766, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2022 – 03/31/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 Diagnosis, Clinical continuing education credits.
ASWB ACE credit is not available in NY and NJ.

CE Policy and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
Dr. Danielle Dick

Danielle M. Dick, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Commonwealth Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Human and Molecular Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2001 from Indiana University and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics. She was on the faculty at Washington University, St. Louis from 2003 – 2007 before joining VCU. Her research involves studying how genetic predispositions interact with environmental factors to contribute to patterns of substance use/misuse and related behavioral disorders across development. She is the founder and current Director of the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute ( at VCU. She launched and co-directs the Spit for Science project (, which has enrolled over 12,000 college students in order to study substance use and emotional health outcomes in emerging adults. She has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) or site PI on 13 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, and Co-Investigator on another 9 NIH grants, with grant funding totaling >25 million dollars. She is the previous recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, and an NIAAA K02 mid-career award. She has >325 peer-reviewed publications, and has won numerous awards, including the Behavior Genetics Association Fuller & Scott Award for Outstanding Young Investigator in 2006, the Fulker Award for best paper published in the journal Behavior Genetics in 2007, the Research Society on Alcoholism Young Investigator Award in 2010, the World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics Richard Todd Award in Child Psychiatry in 2011, the World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics Theodore Reich Young Investigator Award in 2012, the inaugural Indiana University Department of Psychology Young Alumni award in 2013, and the Association of Recovery Schools Award for Outstanding Contribution to Recovery Research in an Education Setting in 2018.

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