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Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take in the Addiction Studies Certificate program at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Core Courses (50 units)

A study of patterns of addiction within various sub-groupings of society as well as society as a whole. Historical and contemporary issues related to understanding and responding to substance abuse problems will be covered in this introductory course. Basic research and statistical issues as they relate to addictions will be addressed. Societal perception of addiction and professional and social system responses to addiction will be reviewed, including prevention and the impact of addiction on society, groups, families, and individuals.

This course provides and over view of the core functions of the addiction professional as well as their related implications, with particular emphasis on treatment and social service protocol.

An integrated and experiential study of effective small group dynamics from both a psychological as well as a theological perspective. Students will become familiar with the stages in the development of small groups, gaining insights and skills to become effective small group members and leaders.

This course is a review of options and strategies for assessment of addictive behavior and the application of appropriate counseling models and theories. Family systems, their assessment and support, as well as life span development issues will be included. The patterns of addiction related to families, family systems, and couples will be studied. This course will also cover therapeutic theories and models as well as assessment and treatment issues with standard professional protocol in a variety of case management functions.

This course is an introductory course focusing on basic counseling issues, skills, and knowledge, progressing to various applied counseling skills and theories for substance abuse and addiction issues.

A survey of law, documentation, protocol, ethics, confidentiality, record keeping, outreach, education, administrative, and management issues related to program development and management. Personal and professional growth issues including stress management and education will be addressed.

This course is a survey of current models of education and intervention in substance abuse including, occupational services, managed care funding, and third party payment issues. It is designed to provide a practical understanding of how to help a client arrive at sobriety in both religious and secular programs. A wide variety of addictive problems will be investigated including denial, relapse and progression. Special populations, cultures, subcultures, victims, and groups, including ACAs and CAs will be covered.

This course examines the physiological effects and biopharmaceutics of alcohol and other drugs, especially as to tolerance, withdrawal and addiction patterns. Critical issues of pathology and medical treatment of addiction will be reviewed.

Under the supervision of both the agency personnel and addiction studies faculty, students experience hands-on volunteer experience in an agency practicing the 12 core functions of a substance abuse counselor. Primary focus of faculty supervision for the fall semester is on development of orientation, screening, and client education skills as well as mastering the intake process. Legal and ethical issues will be discussed in the context of case conferencing. All required coursework must be concurrent with or prerequisite to Practicum.

A continuation of agency volunteer experience under the supervision of both agency personnel and addiction studies faculty, students will practice the core functions of the substance abuse counselor. The primary focus of faculty supervision for the spring semester will be assessment, counseling, treatment planning, case management, crisis intervention, and referral. All required coursework must be concurrent with or prerequisite to practicum.

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