This course is an entry level introduction to substance abuse counseling, based on theory, research and application. Thus, it is structured to provide the student with a broad array of information drawn from theoretical formulations, research findings and practical/clinical application. The goal for this class is to facilitate your learning by introducing you to such concepts as pharmacological issues and terminology, models of addiction, theories on etiology, diagnosis and assessment, and numerous evidence-based treatment strategies.
The emphasis of the course will also be on clinical application, exploring interventions such as motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, developmental models of addiction, experiential activities, family-based interventions and 12-step self-help groups. Clinical application will be taught via small lecture, case studies, video and role play. Usually, for any given topic, conceptual and theoretical information will be presented first, followed by application via case studies, video and triadic practice. I encourage students to be actively engaged in the learning process, and participation in mutual help groups, triads, abstinence contracts, video analysis, etc. is expected.