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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for AD 101 Effective Fall 2021

Course Number:
AD 101
Course Title:
Addiction
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:

Course Description

Provides a basic overview of addiction. Considers the contribution of early childhood trauma on the developing brain and its influence on addictive behaviors, the signs and symptoms of addiction, the continuum of addictive behaviors, treatment, prevention, recovery and relapse. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Maintain a professional practice of incorporating the evolving nature of addiction science.
  2. Identify the career pathways and certifications related to providing addiction specific services in the states of Oregon and Washington.
  3. Describe the essentials of interpersonal neurobiology as it relates to trauma and the development of addictive behaviors.
  4. Describe the continuum of available treatment services including harm reduction strategies, detoxification, medication assisted treatment and abstinence based approaches.

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. Document attendance at four prescribed recovery based groups, including at least

three 12 step meetings.     

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

A) Will include a 3 hour module on Gambling Addiction to meet the ACCBO requirement for CADC I education.

B) Describe the cost and psychological effects of addiction upon family & community. 

C) Define addiction and the "loss of control" phenomena and the neurochemical underpinnings of this phenomena.

D) Explain the effect early childhood trauma has on the developing brain and how this increases the propensity for addiction.

F) List common psychological defenses utilized by those who are addicted.

H) Describe recovery and relapse from a "12 Step"/"Stages of Change"/”Motivational Interviewing” perspective.

I) Distinguish between the different levels and components of treatment

J) Recognize both the risk and resiliency factors in relationship to prevention.

INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY MODE: This course has been approved for classroom, hybrid

and distance modalities.