MINOR: Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Course Descriptions:

COUN 300 | Professional Ethics (3 credit hours)
This course introduces students to the profession of chemical dependency/addictions counseling with an emphasis on professional ethics and issues in alcohol and drug counseling. Students study the NAADAC ethical guidelines as well as histories and philosophies of ethical code development in related fields such as medicine, psychology, and social work. Students will also investigate how many ethical issues are practically resolved through interviews with professionals in the field of addiction. Various populations-at-risk are studied, and specific professional and ethical issues relating to these populations will be explored.

COUN 310 | Techniques of Counseling (3 credit hours)
This course will study the fundamental theories, principles, and techniques of counseling are presented as they apply to education, psychology, and social work practices. Practical experience in the use of numerous counseling techniques will also be provided and practiced in role play format.

COUN 320 | Assessment, Evaluation, and Casework Management (3 credit hours)
This course applies the theory and practice of current techniques utilized in alcohol and drug abuse casework. Special emphasis is placed on disorders relating to substance abuse/dependency diagnosis, treatment, and/or referral, including practice assessing and managing a sample case. Students will develop drug/alcohol assessment summaries, treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge plans. They will also write clinical case reviews of sample cases.

COUN 330 | Diversity Issues in Counseling (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on counseling issues that impact the socio-cultural, economic and educational factors in minority populations. Students learn traditional, as well as adapted, counseling techniques aimed specifically towards helping Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and other identified populations. Students practice intervention strategies in class sessions using identified issues.

COUN 390 | Group Work (3 credit hours)
Group Work focuses on the theories and dynamics of group counseling. A primary goal of the course is the development of specific skills that can enhance group leadership. Understanding the group process and group development, how to set up groups and choosing group members, and the different types of groups are covered. Students facilitate an experiential group process to practice the techniques presented.

COUN 410 | Addictions (3 credit hours)
This course surveys the physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of a variety of populations that are at-risk for addictions, compulsions, and dependence, particularly focusing on alcohol and drugs. The etiological, behavioral, cultural, and demographic conditions and belief systems of various addictions are explored.

COUN 420 | Medical and Treatment Issues in Chemical Dependency (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the medical and treatment trends and issues associated with alcohol/drug disorders, physical and mental disorders, generational use/abuse/dependence on alcohol and/or drugs, drug treatment theories, practices and programs, and unique or special populations.