ASA 110 - Introduction to Chemical Dependency Studies
This course provides an introduction to the physical, psychological, social, familial and legal aspects of chemical abuse. The chemistry, physiology, psychopharmacology, theories and stages of addiction will be introduced and explored. Relevant history, problems of special populations of addicted clients and contributions of 12 Step Programs will be reviewed. Assessment, treatment planning, professional ethics, theory and skills building are integral to the course.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Incorporate general concepts regarding addiction.
2. Correlate diagnostic criteria for addiction (DSMIVR) into diagnosis, planning and intervention for clients (real or hypothetical).
3. Demonstrate comprehension of the physical effects of alcoholism, on major body systems.
4. Discern the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) criteria for appropriate client placement on the continuum of care for addicted clients.
5. Integrate all general concepts, e.g. learning objectives into appropriate planning of client care.
6. Demonstrate understanding of Harm Reduction through application of knowledge of Buprenorphine and Methadone Maintenance Programs.
7. Integrate basic concepts of ethical considerations relative to chemical dependency including the special needs of mentally ill chemical abusers (MICA).
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