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Many clients receiving conventional evidence- based treatment for mental or substance use disorders may also try various nonmainstream, or complementary, health approaches to treat their disorders or to relieve symptoms; some may do so without professional guidance. Clients may also independently turn to complementary products or practices to address co-occurring medical issues such as pain or to achieve personal health and wellness goals such as weight loss. At the same time, an increasing number of medical facilities and behavioral health programs are including complementary health approaches in their menu of services.

Complementary therapies vary in their safety, cost, and evidence of effectiveness. Clients may spend a great deal of time and money on products and services without knowing whether or how they work. In addition, clients may be unaware that some complementary therapies can have side effects or adversely interact with medications


1. The term complementary health approaches encompasses a group of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine.

  • True
  • False

2. Generally speaking complementary therapies have been evaluated as extensively and rigorously as practices in conventional medicine:

  • True
  • False

3. Ayurvedic medicine is described as:

  • A system of medical practices based on the theory that any substance that can produce disease symptoms in a healthy person can cure those symptoms in a sick person
  • An alternative medical system that proposes that a healing power in the body establishes, maintains, and restores health.
  • A system of traditional Indian medicine that aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit.
  • None of the above

Course Description:

This 2 CE home study course explores barriers to accessing substance use disorder and mental health treatment services in rural communities and the benefits of telehealth for accessing these communities. This course discusses topics to assist practitioners with implementing telehealth technologies as a means to increase access to services and discusses the challenges of implementing telehealth services in rural communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe common barriers for those in rural settings in seeking mental health treatment.
  • Discuss the challenges in implementing teleheatlh services in rural communities.
  • Explain challenges facing providers with using telehealth services.
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