- Course Number:
- AD 103
- Course Title:
- Women and Addiction
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Course DescriptionInvestigates patterns of alcohol and drug use and abuse by women in our society. Explores models of treatment and recovery specific to the needs of women and the relationship of substance abuse to social issues. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
A broad range of topics will be considered, including the unique physiological effects of alcohol,tobacco and other drugs on women, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), health, psychological andsocial issues facing women, womens needs in treatment and recovery, relationship and parenting issues,family violence, domestic violence, and special populations of addicted women.
Intended Outcomes for the course
At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Recognize and understand the female experience in society and how substance use, abuse and addiction impacts their lives in order
to provide appropriate responses.
2. Understand the need for and the delivery of gender-specific interventions in order to effectively serve the needs of females.
3. Begin a lifelong process of Identifying and exploring personal barriers and challenges which may block/hinder his or her ability to work effectively with girls and women.
4. Recognize and apply effective treatment, case management and referral services for addicted women.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
1. Apply information on women and addiction to tasks such as interviewing a staff member at
an alcohol and drug treatment center specializing in treatment services for women.
2. Document attendance at a minimum of two self-help meetings, including
one Overeaters Anonymous meeting.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of community resources for women.
4. Integrate knowledge of womens needs and barriers to addiction treatment through essay examinations.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
1. Genetic and environmental influences on womens addiction.
2. Physiological effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on females.
3. Womens health care needs
4. Sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV and Hepatitis C) and
infectious diseases (including Tuberculosis)
5. Pregnancy and addicted women
6. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
7. Parenting and addicted women
8. Eating disorders; Overeaters Anonymous
9. Adoption and Safe Families Act
10. Adults molested as children
11. Family violence/domestic violence
12. Nicotine addiction treatment
13. Outreach to women
14. Comprehensive treatment and linkages
15. Agency resources
16. Special populations such as: lesbians, women with disabilities,
17. Self help resources
18. Child Abuse Reporting and 42 CFR Part 11 Federal Confidentiality Law
19. Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Including scope of practice for an addictions counselor)
20. Trauma Informed Services
21. Evidenced Based Practices
22. Interpersonal Neurobiology
23. History of Addiction and Addiction Treatment for Women
24. Harm Reduction Model