ASA 226 Group Skills for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (3 credits)

The emphasis of this course is on group facilitator preparation and training. It presents a variety of theoretical approaches to group techniques applicable to individuals with substance use disorders as well as those experiencing adult child syndrome. The knowledge base will include stages of group development with special emphasis on the skills required of a group facilitator for each developmental stage. Students will practice group techniques and skills through experiential exercises including client screening, interventions, and group techniques designed for or modified for specific populations. Discussions will include managing group processes such as norm development, dealing with reluctance and resistance, support groups and the use of addiction medications. Prerequisite: HUM 150, ASA 159 and ASA 269, or permission of instructor.