COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
HMS 251 - SUBSTANCE
ABUSE I (3 CR.)
skills, and insight for working in drug and alcohol abuse programs.
Emphasizes personal growth and client growth measures in helping relationships.
Stresses various methods of individual and group techniques for helping
the substance abuser. Lecture 3 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
To investigate substance
abuse and its relationship to total quality of life and introduce students
to new terms, to diagnoses, and to treatment approaches. Additionally,
this course is intended as the introductory course preparing the student
for the Virginia State Certified Substance Abuse Counselor examination.
ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES
English, reading, and
The student will be
able, by means of written, oral, and/or practical applications to identify
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE
The history of alcohol
and its use, including political/legislative efforts.
pertaining to use of alcohol and other drugs.
The physiological, psychological,
and pharmacological implications of consumption of mood altering chemicals.
Specific criteria used
in diagnosing chemical abuse/dependency.
The concept of chemical
dependency as a disease, and form an independent opinion of same.
Research efforts in the
field of genetic determinants to chemical dependency.
Problems unique to minorities
and chemical abuse/dependency.
Similarities and differences
in male and female chemical abuse/dependency.
Different treatment modalities
currently available to the chemically dependent person.
Cross Addiction/Dual Addiction
- the "Back Door" to Alcoholism.
The Concept of Dual Diagnosis.
EXTRA TOPICS (OPTIONAL)
Alcohol the chemical
Myths of substance abuse
Predisposing factors to
Stages of addiction
History of substance abuse
Interpersonal skills for
getting the addict into treatment
Intervention - the concept
and the application
Working in groups
Introduction to twelve-step
Nervous systems and basic