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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.

Course schedule

Course Credits Fall Winter Spring Summer
Year 1
Coun 531 Foundations of Substance Abuse Counseling 3 X   X  
Coun 532 Assessment and Diagnosis of Substance Abuse 3   X    
Coun 533 Treatment of Substance Abuse I 3     X  
Year 2
Coun 534 Treatment of Substance Abuse II 3    
Coun 535 Dual Diagnosis: An Overview of Co-Occuring Disorders 3
X

Coun 536 Addictions Counseling Capstone 3  
 
Year 1 or 2
Coun 507 Addiction Pharmacology 1 X   X  

 

Course Descriptions

COUN 531 Foundations of Substance Abuse Counseling (3 credits)

Provides an overview of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of substance use disorders. Emphasizes the developmental course of addictions and the relationship of addictive behavior to common psychological disorders. Models and theories of addictive behavior that counselors need to treat clients with addictive and co-occurring disorders are reviewed.

Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual and theoretical understanding of addictions and related behavior
  • Understand the varied theories of addiction, including historical concepts as related to current thinking and theories
  • Understand and identify biological, psychological, social, familial & spiritual impacts of addictions
  • Integrate concepts and theories related to addictions into the roles and responsibilities of professional counselors
  • Explain and define the relationship between addictive behavior, addictions, and mental and emotional disorders and functioning

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. The elements of the bio-psychosocial assessment process, including basic interviewing and motivational interviewing skills, will be reviewed, as well as standardized screening and assessment instruments for chemical dependency.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the elements of a bio-psychosocial assessment and basic interviewing skills
  • Knowledge of standardized screening and assessment instruments for chemical dependency
  • Knowledge and skills of motivational interviewing
  • Ability to formulate a DSM V substance use disorder diagnosis based on a bio-psychosocial assessment
  • Ability to determine an appropriate level of treatment based on a patient placement criteria

COUN 533 Treatment of Substance Abuse I (3 credits)

Focuses on the development of the knowledge and skills of treatment planning and implementation of individualized treatment for psychoactive substance use disorders. Students will review the various modalities of substance use disorder treatment along with the efficacy and indications of each modality.

Participants will be able 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’s specific needs.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans utilizing research-based treatment approaches.

COUN 534 Treatment of Substance Abuse II (3 credits)

Focuses on the knowledge and skills of substance use disorder treatment for diverse client populations. Includes HIV/infectious diseases and how to complete a risk assessment. Examines the ethical and professional issues involved in addictions counseling. Focuses on practical skills including documentation, treatment planning, and clinical interventions.

Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in providing substance abuse treatment to diverse populations, families and couples, adolescents and other special populations, and corrections clients 
  • Understand HIV/Infectious diseases and how to complete a risk assessment
  • Describe and apply the ethical and legal responsibilities of the addictions counselor
  • Learn about opportunities for continuing professional development and fulfill appropriate and relevant requirements for such development
  • Increase practical application of skills including documentation, treatment planning, and clinical interventions

COUN 535 Dual Diagnosis: An Overview of Co-Occurring Disorders (3 credits)

Focuses on helping individuals who suffer from co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders by examining state of the art treatment approaches and the public policy and program management challenges that exist in responding to this complex population.

COUN 536 Addictions Counseling Capstone (3 credits)

Merges theoretical components of addiction treatment with practical applications. Students practice counseling skills through role plays of client issues. Practice domains include individual and group counseling skills, counseling diverse populations, and working with co-occurring disorders. 

Participants will: 

  • Increase development of a working 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 substance abusing individuals
  • Increase effectiveness of group counseling skills
  • Increase understanding of the components of group counseling

COUN 507 Addiction Pharmacology (1 credit)

Examines the neurochemistry and pharmacology of addictions. Provides an overview of the biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of substance use disorders. Addictive behaviors are presented as part of a continuum of mental and emotional disorders.

Participants will: 

  • Learn basic concepts of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
  • Examine how drugs get to the brain, how they affect the reward/reinforcement pathway, and the ways in which they affect the brain
  • Learn about basic brain functioning in such a way as to better understand the behavior and thinking of clients who may abuse or be dependent upon alcohol and/or other drugs
  • Increase understanding of biological and psychological impacts of addictions
  • Identify what drugs look like, how drugs are used