List of Courses

ASA 159 Chemical Dependencies (3 credits)

This course provides a study of the epidemiological, etiological (genetic factors, nature of addiction) effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and abuse, including: pharmacological, physiological and psychological dimensions of chemical dependency. Emphasis will be placed on the bio-psycho-social model of addiction as it is utilized in chemical dependency intervention, counseling and treatment. An overview of the history of chemical use and abuse will be presented. Basic concepts of toxicology testing and screening will be reviewed.

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.

ASA 227 Overview of Addiction Services (3 credits)

This course includes an overview of chemical dependency services including: prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. The history and theories related to addiction will be discussed. Specific therapy models and approaches including faith based treatment approaches, medication assisted treatment, and non-traditional treatment methods will be presented. Prerequisites: HUM 150 and ASA 159, or permission of instructor.

ASA 229 Addictions and Family Systems Treatment Programs (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of substance abuse disorders on the family system. The unit of study is the family. Topics include: family system theories, models of family assessment, the intervention process, co-dependency treatment, and family dynamics (i.e. family roles, rules). The influence of a counselor's personal and professional development (i.e. growing up in a family system affected by a substance use disorder) on the counselor's professional conduct will be emphasized. Relapse prevention topics are explored, especially how it impacts the family unit. Prerequisites: HUM 150 and ASA 159, or permission of instructor.

ASA 268 Clinical Skills for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (3 credits)

This course provides instruction and practice in diagnostic criteria, assessment, evaluation, and treatment planning. Various assessment instruments and diagnostic tools for alcoholism and substance abuse treatment will be reviewed with an emphasis on Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved screening and assessment instruments. Knowledge regarding the cooperative process of treatment planning, components of a treatment plan, documentation, essential elements of client records and new technologies for producing client records will be covered. Prerequisite: HUM 150 and ASA 159, or permission of instructor.

ASA 269 Individual Counseling Skills for Chemical Dependency Counselors (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide entry level chemical dependency counselors the basic concepts of substance abuse and addictions counseling, including: terms, models, and ethical issues; substance classifications, effects and associated dangers; assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning; theoretical approaches, including: motivational interviewing; cognitive behavioral therapy; relapse prevention; and family systems theory. Counseling individuals about the use of addiction medications and vocational related issues will also be explored. Prerequisites: HUM 150 and ASA 159, or permission of instructor.

ASA 270 Counselor Spirituality and Wellness (3 credits)

This course is about the use of spirituality in the field of Human Services, particularly as it relates to wellness. It will introduce students to the difference between spirituality and religion; spiritual assessment, spiritual genogram; death and dying; spirituality, and human services work. The importance of counselor wellness, including: compassion fatigue, burnout, recognition of symptoms, prevention and recover strategies, role of clinical supervision, and counselor impairment. The history, philosophy, principles and practices of mutual aid groups will also be discussed. Prerequisites: HUM 150 and ASA 159, or permission of instructor.

ASA 271 Cultural Competence and Special Populations (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with information regarding special populations with the goal of increasing their ability to understand, communicate, and effectively interact with people across diverse cultures. The course will examine needs and issues related to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) prevention and treatment. Special population is defined, but not limited to: race; minority/protected status; ethnicity; gender; age; religion; sexual orientation, co-occurring disorders; veterans; domestic violence; disabilities; etc. Students will develop skills necessary to effectively counsel individuals in the populations discussed in this course. Prerequisites: HUM 150 and ASA 159, or permission of instructor.