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Addiction Studies (ADST) Courses


ADST 109 DRUGS: USE AND ABUSE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). An introductory course which deals with the basic medical, social, and psychopharmacological considerations related to the use of therapeutic and non-therapeutic (recreational) drugs.

ADST 255 INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD OF ADDICTIONS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Addictions, impact of drugs on society, treatment modalities, and career opportunities. PREREQ: ADST 109.

ADST 258 BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS FOR ADDICTIONS PROFESSIONALS (1-0-1)(S). Overview of blood-borne pathogens and high-risk behaviors.


ADST 444 ADDICTION AND THE FAMILY SYSTEM (3-0-3)(F,S). Examination of multigenerational impact of addiction (drugs, alcohol, work, religion, Internet, gambling, etc.) on the family system. In addition to dysfunctional roles developed to cope with addiction, class also compares and contrasts communication strategies and parenting styles of unhealthy and healthy family systems. Risk and protective factors, stages of change, and continuum of care from prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare are addressed. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

ADST 448 MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING (3-0-3)(F/S). Introduces students to the concepts and practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in health care settings, including behavioral health and primary care settings. Apply the core concepts of MI and practice of a Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI) for health behaviors. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

ADST 464 SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG PROBLEMS (3-0-3)(F). Screening and assessment tools/procedures, and interventions for substance abuse. Legal, social, ethical, and health implication. PREREQ: Upper-division undergraduate or graduate standing.

ADST 465 ASSESSMENT AND CASE MANAGEMENT OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG PROBLEMS (3-0-3)(S). Emphasis on case management techniques. Continued legal, social, ethical, and health implications. PREREQ: ADST 464.

ADST 468 GROUP PROCESS FOR ADDICTIONS PROFESSIONALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Introduction to group counseling provides basic knowledge of group process and practice. Covers theory behind types and stages of groups, facilitating a group, ethical and behavioral standards, confidentiality, and management of groups. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

ADST 469 ETHICS FOR ADDICTIONS PROFESSIONALS (2-0-2)(S). Ethical principles and practices of addictions counseling. Emphasis on confidentiality, reporting, and dual relationships. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

Addiction Studies Programs