This course will challenge popular perceptions and mythology commonly associated with addiction and addiction culture and its impact on individuals, family, community, society, and economic activity in the context of disadvantaged target populations. Assessment and intervention strategies and treatment options will be introduced.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the history, philosophy, and trends in addiction counselling.
- Discuss the histories of the following substances: alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, opioids, amphetamines, hallucinogens, tobacco and caffeine.
- Describe accepted models and theories of addiction and accept prevention and treatment strategies.
- Describe the various assessment instruments and structured clinical interview techniques available.
- Discuss the societal costs of use, abuse, and dependency.
- Describe the ethical and legal considerations related to the role of the addiction support worker.
- Describe the roles, functions, and settings of addiction and community support worker, as well as the relationship between addiction counsellors and other mental health professionals.
- Understand the factors that increase the likelihood for a person, community, or group to be at risk for substance.
- Describe how abusive substances affect the brain and central nervous system.
- Describe the effects that must be considered in detoxification, treatment and aftercare planning.
Students must complete an intake with recruitment team.
Throughout the year
Student will be assessed by daily attendance, assignments, and completion of in class activities.
To successfully complete this course, students must:
- Pass the final exam
- Attend a minimum of 80% of the scheduled classes
- Achieve a minimum overall score of 50%