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Dependency And Addictions

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This course addresses addiction concepts and counseling practices. Topics include an overview of dependency theories, major substances of abuse, assessment, diagnosis, treatment modalities, special topics, and working with diverse populations.



This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Impact of Substance Abuse and Addiction

    • Identify and describe the impact of substance abuse and addiction on the individual.
    • Identify and describe the impact of substance abuse and addiction on the family.
    • Identify and describe the biological and pharmacological effects of substances.

    Intervention and Treatment: Settings, Planning, and Strategies

    • Differentiate between treatments at in-patient versus out-patient settings.
    • Compare and contrast clinical treatment strategies, including individual, group, and family methods.
    • Discuss the history and the importance of 12-step programs in the treatment of substance abuse and dependency.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of alternatives to the 12-step model of treatment.

    Relapse Prevention and Follow-Up

    • Identify and discuss obstacles to maintaining recovery.
    • Evaluate special relapse-related issues for a dual-diagnosis client.
    • Define the counselor’s role in assisting the client with necessary referrals and maintaining recovery.
    • Evaluate the components and effectiveness of various relapse prevention approaches.

    Working With Diverse Populations

    • Distinguish the special needs of diverse groups, various ethnicities, and special populations in the prevention, assessment, intervention, treatment, and relapse prevention of substance abuse and addiction.
    • Describe the role of health care providers, business, schools, and organizations in the prevention, assessment, intervention, treatment, and relapse prevention of substance abuse and addiction.
    • Understand effective strategies to support client advocacy and influence public policy that affect the practice of substance abuse counseling.
    • Analyze the ethical and legal issues in substance abuse counseling.

    Process of Addiction: Etiology, Stages, Models, and Risk Factors

    • Examine the historical use of substances throughout humankind and how this impacts attitudes and approaches to addiction and treatment today.
    • Analyze the etiological theories of substance abuse.
    • Define and differentiate between substance use, misuse, abuse, dependency disorders, and addiction.
    • Recognize the similarities and differences between alcohol or drug addictions and other forms of nondrug addictions and dependencies.

    Assessment and Diagnosis

    • Identify standard screening and assessment instruments for substance-use disorders and process addictions.
    • Identify the DSM-IV-TR classifications related to substance abuse and dependency and discuss the limitations of the DSM-IV-TR classification system.
    • Describe the range of DSM-IV-TR disorders that commonly co-occur with substance abuse and dependence.
    • Discuss the effects of co-occurring disorders on the assessment and treatment of substance abuse and dependence.
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