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Course Descriptions

Counseling Psychology Department

Course Descriptions

COU SB515—
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND TREATMENT

(3 credits)

This course introduces students to contemporary theory and research regarding the epidemiology, etiology, and treatment of substance abuse. Students will become familiar with relevant law and ethical issues that are specific to the assessment and treatment of substance abusers (i.e., HIPAA, CFR 42). Various screening and assessment tools and interviewing skills, including motivational interviewing, are reviewed to help students assess the severity of addiction and develop appropriate treatment plans. Treatment settings and interventions commonly used with substance abuse clients are also reviewed. Dual diagnoses are discussed. Topics also include often-neglected populations such as the elderly, women and children, as well as socio-cultural and spiritual considerations in assessment and treatment. Open only to students in the master’s program in Counseling Psychology or Forensic & Counseling Psychology.

Prerequisite/co-requisite: COU PY522.

Updated 7/18/12

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