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Minor in Addiction STudies

Course Descriptions

COUN 240 Introduction to Addiction Studies. 3 hrs.

Overview of core concepts related to substance use and substance use disorders. Topics include the history of drug use/addiction, effects on societal members, pharmacology of common psychoactive drugs, theories of addiction, treatment approaches, mutual support, recovery and relapse.

COUN 250 Addiction Screening & Assessment (PR or CONC: COUNS 240) 3 hrs.

Skills, techniques and tools necessary for preliminary and in-depth evaluation for the presence of substance use disorders. Emphasis on establishing rapport, interviewing skills, diagnostic criteria, recognition of common co-occurring disorders, treatment planning and clinical writing.

COUN 340 Addiction Counseling Techniques (PR: COUN 240) 3 hrs.

Theory and skills necessary to support the change process for people with substance use disorders. Emphasis on motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral strategies to support recovery, prevent relapse, and address behavioral addictions in both individual and group settings.

COUN 350 Families & Addiction (PR: COUN 240) 3 hrs.

Overview of the impact addiction has on the family unit and the process of family recovery. Emphasis on the family as a system, attachment, adaptation, enabling and enmeshment, and techniques to support family healing.

COUN 440 Addiction Studies Capstone (PR: COUN 240, COUN 250, COUN 340; PR or CONC: COUN 350) 3 hrs.

Integration of addiction studies coursework through study of ethics, selected population research, and community-based service learning, culminating in a research paper and oral presentation.


TOTAL: 15 credit hours