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HCS 504 Alcoholism & Sub Abuse: Specialized Interv in Crim Just Syst (A). Presents a survey on core knowledge about addictions to alcohol and other drugs and the responses of society and the criminal justice system. It presents an intervention and effectiveness focus addressing addictions to alcohol and other drugs. 3 Cr.

HCS 509 Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drugs (A). Introduces students to a variety of drug problems, including alcohol and tobacco, in contemporary society. Analyzes the diverse determinants (e.g., pharmacological, behavioral, social, economic, historic) of these problems. Discusses effective substance abuse prevention and treatment strategies. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

HCS 521 Group Counseling for Alcohol and Other Drugs (B). Prerequisites or corequisites: HCS 509. Introduces students to the basic foundations of group dynamics and group therapy in alcoholism counseling. Addresses the historical development of the group process movement in addition to stages of group therapy, techniques of group therapy, curative aspects of the group process, interpersonal learning and problems associated with group process. 3 Cr.

HCS 522 (B). Prerequisites/corequisites: HCS 509(may be taken concurrently). Introduces students to the elements of individualized treatment planning; provides in-depth coverage of client goal formulation and writing and evaluation of corresponding attainable client objectives. Also examines the motivational dynamics associated with the individualized treatment plan and client case management. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

HCS 523 Theories of Alcohol and Other Drugs (B). Prerequisites or corequisites: HcS 509. Reviews major contemporary theories on alcoholism and other addictions (disease model, psychoanalytic formulations, conditioning models, social learning analyses, family systems perspectives, socio-cultural viewpoints, transtheoretical model [stages of change] and harm reduction). Critically evaluates the concepts and research generated from each perspective. Analyzes the usefulness of each theory in the practice of substance abuse prevention and counseling. 3 Cr.

HCS 524 Counseling Diverse Populations for Alcohol and Other Drugs (B). Prerequisites or corequisites: HCS 509 (may be taken concurrently). Prepares students for working in a counseling setting with alcohol/substance abusers having multiple emotional and developmental disabilities, criminal justice clients and individuals from diverse population groups. 3 Cr.

HCS 535 Evaluation and Assessment of Alcohol and Other Drugs (B). Prequisites: HCS 509. Covers the theory and methodology of measurement, assessment and evaluation in alcohol and substance abuse and alcoholism and dependence. Studies the more widely researched and utilized methods of assessment: clinical interviews, structured interviews, and standardized instruments. Reviews instruments used in screening, diagnosis, treatment planning and neuropsychological evaluation. Also covers documentation, report writing and the ethics of assessment. Employs extensive use of clinical materials to illustrate uses and limitations of various techniques. 3 Cr.

HCS 537 Dual Diagnosis of Alcohol and Other Drugs (B). Explores the overlap between substance use disorders and mental health disorders, concepts and theories related to treatment, the mental health disorders most likely to be present in dual diagnosis, and assessment strategies and intervention approaches for working with clients who have dual disorders. 3 Cr. Spring.

HCS 539 Grief and Loss for Alcohol and Other Drugs (B). Provides an overview of the field of grief and loss, including its psychological impact, and social responses to a variety of losses. In addition, the course will examine grief and loss among substance abuse clients, both during active use and throughout the process of recovery. 3 Cr.

HCS 545 Psychopharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs (A). Prerequisites or corequisites: HcS 509 (may be taken concurrently). Studies the effects of alcohol, sedatives, stimulants, opiates, hallucinogens and other drugs, especially on the central nervous system, behavior and mood. Relates the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to intoxication, tolerance, withdrawal, abuse and dependence of each drug. Also explores the learning and motivational components of drug tolerance and addiction. 3 Cr.

HCS 555 Ethics in AOD (A). Prerequisite/corequisite: HCS 509 (may be taken concurrently). Students are introduced to content to assist them to develop a personal framework for ethical action and become more effective in addressing ethical issues in the field of alcohol and drug dependency counseling. Numerous ethical standards including OASAS and NAADAC codes of ethics are examined so that students thoroughly understand their ethical obligations as counselors. This course requires completion of a "Skill Demonstration Project". It is repeatable for up to 9 credits when skill demonstration projects vary. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

HCS 597 Internship Seminar for Alcohol and Other Drugs (A). Prerequisites: HCS 521; HCS 522; HCS 523; HCS 524; HCS 535, HCS 545 and instructor's permission. Designed to be taken concurrently with HCS 598. Allows students to process their experience in the field in a clinical group supervision format. Addresses issues which present themselves within the internship setting, including situations with clients, peers and supervisors. Covers ethics, confidentiality and diversity issues. (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading). 3 Cr.

HCS 598 Internship for Alcohol and Other Drugs (B). Course fee. Prerequisites: HCS 521; HCS 522; HCS 523; HCS 524; HCS 535, HCS 545 and program coordinator's permission. Enables students to apply their knowledge from course work in a variety of treatment settings with people in varying stages of alcohol and substance abuse and dependence. Allows students to gain experience in assessment, evaluation, treatment planning, referrals, counseling, therapeutic treatment and making referrals. Examines professional ethics in the practice setting. (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading). 1-12 Cr.

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