Free NAADAC Webinar

A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on May 7, 2015

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This free webinar will present the five current generations in the United States to participants. In addition, it will analyze the other aspects of culture from the generational perspective. Each generation, for instance, views race, sexual identity, spirituality, family, and substance use differently. A prime example within the realm of substance use is generational differences in view on marijuana. Each of the five generations will be defined, general characteristics will be explored, and the applicability to the addiction professional will be explained.    

Learning Objectives
  • Identify each of the five current generations in the United States.
  • Explain the impact of generational identification on other aspects of culture.
  • Describe how generational differences impact views on substance use, including marijuana.

Education is FREE to all professionals

Earn 2 Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

To earn a CE Certificate for viewing this webinar, you must view the webinar in its entirety, pass the CE quiz, and complete the online survey evaluation.

  1. Upon completing the webinar, you will have access to the CE quiz within the course you are taking. Find the CE quiz in the NAADAC Education Center and click “purchase.” NAADAC members will be prompted to register for the CE quiz for free, while non-members will be prompted to pay a $25 processing fee to access the quiz.
  2. A score of 80% or higher is required to pass the CE quiz and access your CE certificate. You have 10 opportunities to pass the quiz. If you are unable to pass the quiz in the allocated number of tries, then you must retake the course.
  3. Upon passing the CE quiz, you will be required to complete the survey evaluation for the course. Once that is completed, your CE certificate will be immediately available in your account in the NAADAC Education Center to download and print. All certificates will be stored in the NAADAC Education Center under your profile name. Click here for detailed step-by-step instructions on how to access your CE quiz and download your CE certificate.
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This webinar is NOT eligible for ASWB ACE CE hours or NASW CE hours.


Ryan Paul Carruthers is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP), and Certified Professional Counselor (CPC) in the State of Nebraska, and is certified as a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) by the Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). He holds a Master of Human Relations (MHR) from the University of Oklahoma and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Counseling Studies through Capella University. Ryan is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and also works as an adjunct professor at both Metropolitan Community College and College of Saint Mary's. Ryan provides continuing education classes to other substance abuse counselors and mental health practitioners in the State of Nebraska and has previously been a Certified QPR Suicide Prevention Trainer. He is also a Certified SMART Recovery facilitator, hosting Omaha's first SMART Recovery meeting at Abintra, and recently began serving as the SMART Recovery Regional Coordinator for the State of Nebraska. Ryan has created Abintra’s programs for the Education Courses, Outpatient Program, Intensive Outpatient Program, and Adolescent/Family Education Course. At the end of the 2007-08 school year, Ryan was awarded Millard Public School’s “Expanding Horizons” Award for “Making a difference by enhancing students learning of curriculum through practical experience in the school environment.”

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.

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