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Addictions Counseling - Program Courses

Courses are designed to be taken in sequence. The Capstone class cannot be taken until the other classes have been successfully completed.

Core Courses

Course Credits Fall Winter Spring Summer
Coun 536 Addictions Counseling Capstone 3   X    
Coun 532 Assessment and Diagnosis of Substance Abuse 3   X    
Coun 531 Foundations of Substance Abuse Counseling 3 X   X  
Coun 533 Treatment of Substance Abuse I 3     X  
Coun 534 Treatment of Substance Abuse II 3       X

 

Capstone Elective Course

Course Credits Fall Winter Spring Summer
Coun 507 Addiction Pharmacology 1 X   X  
Coun 535 Dual Diagnosis 3 X


 

Course Descriptions

COUN 531 Foundations of Substance Abuse Counseling (3 credits)
Provides an overview of the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of substance abuse and dependency. Participants gain a basic understanding of the psychopharmacology of addictive substances, treatment modalities, and the role and responsibilities of the professional addiction counselor. Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of addiction as a chronic disease
  • Develop a basic understanding of the pharmacology of psychoactive substances
  • Identify major medical, psychological, social, and economic impacts of addiction
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the counselor in substance abuse treatment
  • Identify treatment modalities for substance abuse and dependency

COUN 532 Assessment and Diagnosis of Substance Abuse (3 credits)
Focuses on the development of the knowledge and skills of assessment and diagnosis of psychoactive substance use disorders. Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the elements of a biopsychosocial assessment
  • Gain knowledge of standardized screening and assessment instruments for chemical dependency
  • Gain knowledge and skills of motivational interviewing
  • Formulate a DSM-IV substance use disorder diagnosis based on a psychosocial assessment
  • Develop knowledge of and ability to apply the ASAM patient placement criteria to determine an appropriate level of care

COUN 533 Treatment of Substance Abuse I (3 credits)
Focuses on the development of the knowledge and skills of treatment planning and implementation. Review the various modalities of substance abuse treatment along with the efficacy and indications for use of each modality. Participants will be able to:

  • Develop the skill to establish treatment plans with clients that have measurable outcomes
  • Understand the range of treatment modalities and be able to construct and implement a treatment plan that is individualized to the client

COUN 534 Treatment of Substance Abuse II (3 credits)
Develops the knowledge and skills of substance abuse treatment for diverse client populations. Examines the ethical issues involved in addictions counseling and the responsibilities for continuing professional development for the addiction specialist. Focuses on both theoretical and practical skills. Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in providing substance abuse treatment to adolescents, women, and individuals with co-existing psychiatric disorders
  • Describe and apply the ethical and legal responsibilities of the addictions counselor
  • Carry out the requirements and opportunities for continuing professional development

COUN 535 Dual Diagnosis (3 credits)
Focus on the development of knowledge, skills, and theoretical frameworks applicable to the diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders. Learn an understanding of chemical dependency and mental health, and look at best-practice models of treatment. Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the clinical framework of concurrent treatment for dual diagnosis patients
  • Increase knowledge of mental health and chemical dependency in a co-occurring population
  • Understand the concepts of engagement and treatment framing as fundamental principles in dual diagnosis treatment
  • Improve skills in assessment, treatment planning, and treatment of dual clients
  • Increase knowledge of psychopharmacology
  • Apply principles of group work in treating dual clients

COUN 536 Addictions Counseling Capstone (3 credits)

Integrate previous coursework in the Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling Program in this practicum course that merges theoretical components of addiction treatment with practical application. Provide counseling services and/or observational learning activities with clients in a clinical training setting to increase skills with individual and group counseling skills, counseling diverse populations, and working with dual diagnosis.

  • Prepare for entry, credentialing, or career enhancement in addictions counseling
  • Increase skill and understanding of group and individual counseling techniques.
  • Increase understanding of similarities and differences between individual and group therapy.
  • Increase ability to apply counseling skills in the execution of a treatment plan.
  • Increase awareness of the therapeutic process in working with clients struggling with addiction.

    COUN 537 Current Issues in Addictions Counseling (Elective) (3 credits)
    An option is available for participants to earn credit by attending seminars in relevant programs in human services training and completing an addiction assignment. These are full day seminars focused on current issues and new developments in the treatment of addiction clients and co-occuring disorders. There is an emphasis on new knowledge from research and current trends in treatment. For a list of current trainings, see pdx.edu/ceed/human-services

    COUN 507 Addiction Pharmacology (Elective) (1 credit)
    Review basics of human physiology, principles of pharmacology; categories of drug abuse, and how they relate to the treatment of addiction. Examine how the process of addiction enters the neural pathways of the brain, involve the reward/reinforcement pathway, and consequential effects on brain chemistry.