Syllabus
Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions

Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions

DAAC-1319

Spring 2013
01/14/2013 - 05/12/2013

Course Information

Section 002
Lecture
W 3:00PM - 5:40PM
CYP1 1108
Denral Morrison
denral.morrison@austincc.edu

Office Hours

  • W
    2:30 - 3:00
    Other times available by appointment.

Course Requirements

 

Course Syllabus

DAAC 1319 Introduction to Alcohol and Other Addictions

Spring 2013

Instructor : Denny Morrison, MA, LCDC

Office: CYP 1104

Phone: 512-525-9074

Email: denral.morrison@austincc.edu

Office Hours : Wed: 2:30 – 3:00 and 5:45 – 6:30. Other times available by appointment.

Course Data : Synonym 34349, section 002. CYP 1108 W 3:00 – 5:40.

Course Description : Causes and consequences of addiction as they relate to the individual, family, community, and society are discussed. Response alternatives regarding intervention, treatment, education, and prevention are reviewed. Competencies and requirements for licensure in Texas are explained. Addiction issues related to diverse populations are presented.

Required Textbook: Drugs, Behavior and Modern Society. 7 th edition, 2012 Charles Levinthal.

Instructional Methodology:

This course will be a combination of lecture, videos, discussion and group activities. The reading assignments are noted on the course outline and for full class participation, it is essential that you have the assignments completed before class.

Course Rationale : This course is designed to help students gain a general knowledge of alcohol and other drugs in the context of individual and cultural use. The course will cover the basic pharmacology of various substances, the prevalence of use in American culture, and issues related to prevention and treatment of addiction. This course serves as a prerequisite for many of the courses in the Addictions Counseling degree plan. One aspect of the course is also preparing students for the work force which includes (but not limited to) timeliness, written and oral presentation skills, and meeting deadlines. Hence, course requirements are designed to provide opportunities to enhance those skills.

 

 

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course students will:

•  Discuss the drug classification system

•  Describe and discuss the psychological, sociological, and physiological effects of mood altering substances and behaviors

•  Discuss services and treatment alternatives for the psychological, sociological, and physical effects of mood altering substance behaviors

•  State various models which explain the etiology of addiction

•  Discuss issues related to drug regulations and enforcement in the U.S.

•  Describe the goal of drug intervention, education, and prevention strategies.

•  Identify the requirements for licensure and certification in Texas and the 12 Core Functions of the addiction counselor

•  Define ethical standards governing the field of the addiction counselor including professionalism and confidentiality

•  Identify diversity issues related to addiction services

•  Describe the continuum of care as related to alcohol and other drug abuse

Grading : The final grade in the course will be determined by the accumulation of points earned on the following measures:

Attendance: Attendance and participation are an essential part of this course. Attendance is taken in each class and two points are earned for each class attended on time and stayed until the end and for which you are an active participant. 16 classes x 4 points = 64 points. I will waive 3 absences from the course but more than five absences may necessitate withdrawal. I do not distinguish between excused/unexcused absences. While you are welcome to share with me the nature of your absence, it is not necessary to do so.

Academic Advising Session – In an effort to improve students’ use of academic advising, 20 points will be given for students who provide a copy of an updated advising sheet or degree plan by the start of the next registration period.  The advising sheet/degree plan must be signed by a faculty or college advisor (Human Services students, this means Drs’ Beaman, Thompson, or Coccia).  If you have not been advised and you are a Human Services student, please go to Dr. Thompson, Beaman or Coccia, if you are a General Human Services student, Dr. Beaman if you are a Therapeutic Recreation or Deaf Services major, or Coccia if you are an Addictions major.

 

Projects:

Support Group Attendance (20 points): You will be expected to attend 2 support group meetings (they can be at different support groups, or the same group) and after attending both the meetings write a 1-page paper (double-spaced, typed, standard margins, 12-point font) summarizing your reactions to the meetings. (Go to the 2 meetings and then write one paper.) Be prepared to share your reactions with the class. If you have never attended an AA meeting, you are encouraged to select open AA meetings for this project. If, however, you are “a friend of Bill W.,” then please select one of the other support groups available. The same holds true for other groups: if you are a member of a support group, then please attend a different support organization. This assignment is designed to help you expand your understanding of support groups and 12-step organizations. Part of the project is also learning how to find local meetings, so you will be expected to use available resources (friends, classmates, web search, newspaper, phonebook, etc) to locate the meetings. We will discuss meeting etiquette in class. Check the course outline for due date . No late papers accepted.

Awareness Program (100 points). One aspect of this course covers education and prevention programs. You are to design an education program for a target population, and present your program to the class at the end of the semester. This project will require you to research a particular topic, such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and create an education program sharing what you learned with the “audience” of your choice. For example, perhaps your program on FAS will be given to a group of pregnant women. In that case, pretend the class is a group of pregnant women. How will you present the material?

We will spend time discussing this project during the semester, but keep in mind that it will require planning and should be worked on throughout the semester. The project will be graded both on the presentation, and on a 5-page research paper (double-spaced, typed, 12-point font, standard margins, using at least 6 appropriate academic citations and references) detailing the subject matter you studied. If you are unsure of how to do a research paper, please work with the library or learning lab for assistance. The paper will be a research paper on your subject, but your presentation should be given with the audience you have in mind. Please be sure you do not “tell your story” for your presentation. This assignment will be graded on content (thoroughness, relevance), and professional preparation. The combined total of this project is 100 points. Failure to do either section is an automatic deduction of 50 points. You must be prepared to present your program on the date you select through a random drawing. Once you select your presentation date, it is your responsibility to be prepared on that date or find another student to change with you. Only documented illnesses will be considered a reason to change your presentation date at the last minute. Check the course outline for due date. No late papers accepted. 

Readings

 

Drugs, Behavior and Modern Society. 7 th edition, 2012 Charles Levinthal. 

Course Subjects

Introductions and Overview

Definitions 

Brain Information 

Stimulants

Narcotics 

Hallucinogens

Marijuana and Alcohol 

 

Depressants, Inhalants, OTC and Prescription drugs , Drugs for treating disorders Nicotine, Caffeine and Steroids

Prevention and Intervention 

Treatment issues 

Licensure discussion 

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

 

Discuss the drug classification system

•  Describe and discuss the psychological, sociological, and physiological effects of mood altering substances and behaviors

•  Discuss services and treatment alternatives for the psychological, sociological, and physical effects of mood altering substance behaviors

•  State various models which explain the etiology of addiction

•  Discuss issues related to drug regulations and enforcement in the U.S.

•  Describe the goal of drug intervention, education, and prevention strategies.

•  Identify the requirements for licensure and certification in Texas and the 12 Core Functions of the addiction counselor

•  Define ethical standards governing the field of the addiction counselor including professionalism and confidentiality

•  Identify diversity issues related to addiction services

•  Describe the continuum of care as related to alcohol and other drug abuse