PSY 517 Alcohol and Chemical Substance Abuse

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PSY 517 Alcohol and Chemical Substance Abuse

3 Semester Units

Based on major counseling theories, Alcohol and Chemical Substance Abuse focuses on practical treatment techniques used by professionals working in the field of substance abuse and addiction. Utilizing a case study approach, the course will examine basic concepts of substance abuse, addiction counseling, and intervention from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Each theory is examined based on its strengths and limitations, with consideration given to multicultural and ethical issues.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the importance of counseling theories and how they have been under-utilized in substance abuse counseling.
  • Compare and contrast the various models of addiction and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Analyze current and future criteria for diagnosing substance use disorders.
  • Assess the implications of multicultural issues when working with addicted families.
  • Identify strengths, limitations, and ethical issues related to relapse prevention.


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