This course is designed for students specializing in the field of chemical dependency treatment, and will focus on the special issues, problems and treatment dilemmas in the field of alcoholism and substance abuse counseling. A significant portion of class time will be devoted to ethical decision making and clarifying healthy professional boundaries. Through lecture, assigned readings, group presentations and class discussions, students will develop an increased awareness and understanding of the multiplicity of problems potentially coexisting with the presenting substance problem.
This course is intended to provide students with the basic skills necessary to counsel individuals and families with substance abuse problems. Through lecture and assigned readings, students will be educated on the different models of treatment that are currently being followed, as well as specific techniques for effective intervention at all levels of care. Basic tools for assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and behavior change strategies will be discussed.
This course is designed to increase knowledge of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. The disease concept of alcoholism will be explained, as well as the physiological, psychological, and sociological impact of alcohol on the individual. Consequences of alcohol abuse on the family and society will be examined.
This senior project course is designed to provide students with supervised work experience in human services agencies. In addition, students participate in a weekly class that combines the principle of small group dynamics with the acquired skills, knowledge and experience that students have obtained from their field experience. Students produce a final project and a portfolio to document learning. Students should consult the Practicum Pre-requisites listed in the Human Services program description section in the college catalog.