Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault (3 hours)

Robert Shearer


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A 3 hour course which provides information and insight for addiction professionals on the relationship between substance abuse and sexual assault, the cycle of sexual assault, post-traumatic stress, and substance abuse. In addition, it covers “date-rape” drugs, legal aspects, pharmacology, prevalence, and treatment implications for substance abuse counselors.


By participating in this internet based course the trainee will:

1. Understand substance abuse and sexual assault typologies
2. Understand the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault
3. Understand the cycle of sexual assault, substance abuse, and PTSD
4. Understand DFSA
5. Understand “date-rape” drugs
6. Understand the legal aspects of DFSA
7. Identify selected drugs and their pharmacology and street terms
8. Understand the prevalence and reporting of DFSA
9. Understand surreptitious drugging
10. Understand the recreational use/misuse of drugs
11. Identify the treatment implications of substance abuse and sexual assault

Your Course Instructor:
Robert Shearer, PhD

Dr. Robert A. Shearer is a retired professor of criminal justice in the College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University. He has been teaching, training, consulting, and conducting research in the fields of criminal justice, human behavior, and addictions for over thirty-six years. He is the author of over sixty professional and refereed articles in criminal justice and behavior. He is also the author of Interviewing: Theories, Techniques, and Practices, 5th edition published by Prentice Hall. Dr. Shearer has also created over a dozen measurement, research, and assessment instruments in criminal justice and addictions including Law Enforcement Strategies Scale (LSS), Correctional Strategies Scale (CSS), Probation Strategies Scale (PSS), Correctional Treatment Resistance Scale (CTRS), the Comprehensive Substance Abuse Counseling Orientation Inventory (CSACOI), and the Substance Abuse Consequences Scale (SACS).

He has been a psychotherapist in private practice and served as a consultant to dozens of local, state, and national agencies. He has taught courses in interviewing, human behavior, substance abuse counseling, drugs and crime, and correctional counseling. He is currently developing an Interrogation Tactics Scale that measures levels of approval of coercion in interrogations with suspected offenders.

He has been the president of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counseling and editor of the Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling. Recently, Dr. Shearer completed a survey of the beliefs of over 300 substance abuse counselors in a large correctional system in the southwestern U.S. He is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma.

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CD ROM, Hard Copy, Internet