CCP 635: Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment

This course will provide an orientation to the key concepts of substance abuse assessment, counseling and treatment. It will detail both legal and illegal drug use, its effect on the body, cultural, social and economic issues, diagnostic criteria for substance abuse and dependence, and psychopharmacological and therapeutic interventions. This course will also explore underlying reasons for substance use and the impact on relationships and overall well being. Special attention will be given to the current ethical and professional issues in the practice of substance abuse counseling and treatment.