Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
AD 109
Course Title:
Criminality and Addiction
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Course Description

Examines the relationship between substance abuse issues and criminal behavior. Includes assessment of risk for criminal behavior and the likelihood of reoffending and evidenced based treatment protocols relevant to the addicted criminally involved person with special emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of specific assessment protocols and treatment strategies to addicts with criminal histories.
2. Utilize knowledge of criminality to respond to resistance and other obstacles related to motivation and treatment engagement.
3. Employ knowledge of cultural and peer group norms to help facilitate recovery with the addicted criminally involved person.

Course Activities and Design

This is primarily a lecture course. Students will be asked to create a treatment proposal for a specific €œclient€ provided via a case study by the instructor.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. An assessment process that will extract information from lectures, readings and other multimedia presentations via a test of a basic understanding of the targeted concepts.
2. A project that requires the student to synthesize the course material into an appropriate referral for a fictional criminally involved person who presents with a substance use concern.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1) History of criminality and incarceration in America.
2) Over representation of minorities in the criminal justice system.
3) The incarcerated experience including sexual crimes in prison.
4) Genders differences and criminality.
5) Evidenced Based Practices
6) Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Justice
7) Trauma Informed Services
8) Wellness Informed Services
9) Risk/Need Assessments
10) Key Principles of Interventions working with Criminal Justice Clients
11) Social Obstacles and Supports €“ including Peer Mentors
12) Criminal backgrounds and Housing and Employment and Re-entry