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BS in Addiction Counseling (60 credits)

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply critical thinking skills in expanding self-awareness, social awareness, personal growth, and life choices. Identify history, theory, and trends in applied psychology their impact on ones life and the lives of others.
  • Develop coherent philosophy, knowledge base, and skills related to multicultural counseling at an individual and societal level. Demonstrate ability to interpret and apply results of basic applied statistical procedures.
  • Develop an understanding of the biological, social, cognitive and psychosocial domains of human development across the life span. Identify history, theory, and trends in counseling and their application to a helping relationship.
  • Demonstrate mastery of a personal model of helping that is relevant in a multicultural and global context, and one based on personal awareness and knowledge of current theoretical approaches. Apply appropriate counseling strategies for working with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate mastery over relevant basic helping skills that are effective in a multicultural and global context. Integrate theoretical and experiential learning to form a personal model of helping in the context of current psychological theories.
  • Observe and describe group process variables. Interpret the dynamics of a group process. Identify basic principles and procedures of behavior analysis and their application to everyday life. Apply knowledge of principles of behavior in designing, assessing, and evaluating behavior change procedures in applied settings.
  • Obtain an enhanced understanding of multicultural values and beliefs and their influence on counseling and psychological processes. Analyze the nature, dynamics, and role of helper in bringing about social change. Explore local, national, world events and think critically about their relationship to daily lives of individuals, Microsystems, organizations, localities, and macro systems.
  • Learn the concepts and application for addiction screening, assessment, treatment planning, case management, crisis intervention, and working with diverse populations completing a full client file from intake to aftercare which will be reviewed by site supervisor. Show capacity for curriculum development in psych educational group demonstration. Understand the ethics and legal requirements of addiction professionals.
  • To learn the range of substance abuse treatment services and client placement criteria. Develop an understanding of therapist responsibility, competence and confidentiality as they relate to ethical issues. Integrate knowledge of key ethical principles into a multicultural context. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and design psychological research. To examine your own cultural beliefs, racial/ethnic heritage, as well as your attitudes, values, and biases in an effort to enhance your appreciation of how these variables influence counseling and psychological processes.
  • To have a basic understanding of the routes of drug administration, absorption, and metabolism. To understand the neuro-behavioral mechanisms of different medications and how this affects behavior. To learn methods of evaluation and intervention of substance abuse problems. To demonstrate the ability to assess substance abuse disorders using the DSM-IV TR. To review a variety of treatment models including medical models, personality models, and mind-body models. Evaluate the incidence and prevalence of substance abuse and dependency in differing populations.

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