Course Number & Name:  PSY 251 Counseling and Treatment of Addictions

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in PSY 101
Concurrent Courses:

Course Description:  This course provides an introduction to the individual, group, and family treatment of alcohol and drug dependency.  The theoretical and historical basis and the implications of a variety of treatment methods are considered including 12-step self-help programs, therapeutic communities, detoxification, rehabilitation, outpatient care, half-way houses, methadone, and employee and student assistance.  Treatment planning by objectives and stages is stressed.  Special topics of concern such as engagement, mandated treatment, enabling, and the treatment relationship are surveyed.  This course is approved for 42 educational hours toward New Jersey’s Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification or recertification.

<!–Course Goals:  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. identify and explain basic concepts of counseling;
  2. identify, explain, and/or demonstrate how various counseling skills are used;
  3. identify, describe, and/or demonstrate how crisis intervention is used;
  4. identify and explain various components of addiction-focused counseling;
  5. identify, define, and/or demonstrate various skills relevant to group counseling;
  6. identify, define, and/or explain the purpose of family counseling; and
  7. identify, explain, and/or demonstrate how cognitive behavioral therapy is used.


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