Drugs and Alcohol Use and Abuse – 3 Credits
This seminar examines drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and abuse in contemporary society.
The Psychology of Compulsion and Addiction – 3 Credits
This seminar presents the theoretical basis of problems of addictive and compulsive behavior such as substance abuse (alcohol and drugs), overeating, over-working, and compulsive gambling. A study of theories of personality development, therapies and treatment is included. Projects and observations based on problems of interest to students are shared in class and considered in the light of current professional theory and practice.
Counseling the Substance Abuser – 3 Credits
This course provides an in-depth understanding of the theories and practice of individual, family and group counseling of substance use disorders. Students will learn to recognize substance use disorders using the DSMV and identify risk factors for prevention and relapse. Students will cultivate techniques that enhance cultural competence and the principles of group and family counseling with individuals that have substance use disorders. During this seminar students will be introduced to the use of addiction medications for individuals with co-occurring disorders, for the suppression of withdrawal, and to relieve cravings.
The Effects of Addiction on Families and Society – 3 Credits
Addiction affects individuals, their family members, and the family dynamic; it also has serious social and economic consequences. Using a family system s approach, students will explore these numerous effects, while paying particular attention to the family unit's coping strategies with the addicted family member.
Group Dynamics in Chemical Dependency Counseling – 3 Credits
The future CASAC-T practitioner must possess an in-depth understanding of the theory of chemical dependency within a group counseling setting and then be able to put that knowledge into practice. Students will explore the dynamics of the group process from formation to termination, focusing on intervention in both early recovery and long-term treatment modalities.
Counseling in a Multicultural Context – 3 Credits
Cultural context can often play a significant role in today’s substance abuse counseling environment. This course is a cognitive and experimental study of social and psychological variables that influence the cross-cultural counseling dynamic in relation to substance disorders. The various multicultural theories are explored in aiding to create and implement effective treatment to meet the needs of a diverse population with substance disorders. Emphasis will be placed on the social identities of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, class, age, sexual orientation, and their influences on substance disorders. Students are expected to comprehensively evaluate their own values and beliefs according to their own cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment for Addiction – 3 Credits
This course examines the basic concepts relevant to understanding the process of Clinical Assessment/Evaluation and Treatment for addictive behaviors. The course offers an introduction to case management, treatment planning, goal setting with measurable objectives, time frames; activities, evaluation, relapse-prevention, and discharge planning.
Case Management for Substance Use Disorders – 3 Credits
Students in this course will examine concepts in case management of substance use disorders. Best practices in the field of human services will be examined with particular emphasis on working with those with substance abuse histories and current diagnoses. Strategies for effective communication and cultural competence will be explored. Collaboration with the client, devising treatment plans, and reviewing those plans for efficacy will be emphasized. The ecological systems theory will be highlighted as a means of providing quality services for clients.
Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling – 3 Credits
This course addresses Ethical Responsibilities for counseling professionals by presenting an overview of ethical thought, principles, and decision making. The course will provide sections on confi dentiality, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the OASAS requirement of two hours of Mandated Reporter training, and Counselor Wellness.
Total Credits: 27
Total OASAS Clock Hours: 405