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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for AD 103 Effective Fall 2021

Course Number:
AD 103
Course Title:
Women and Addiction
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Course Description

Investigates patterns of alcohol and drug use by women and non-binary populations in our society. Explores models of treatment and recovery specific to the biology and gender identity of women. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Describe gender-specific treatment options, interventions and processes for women and non-binary populations.
  2. Articulate strategies for incorporating trauma and wellness-informed services including medication-assisted treatment into the counseling process specific to women and non-binary populations.
  3. Articulate strategies for working through countertransference when working with women and non-binary populations.
  4. Use cultural humility when working with women and non-binary populations.

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 women’s needs and barriers to addiction treatment through essay examinations.


Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. Genetic and environmental influences on women’s addiction.

2. Physiological effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on females.

3. Women’s 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,

older women

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