Courses Catalogue

Substance Use And Addictions Counseling

COURSE CODE: DGC 2102
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Guidance and Counselling, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

Counselling for Addictions is a course that provides an overview of the theories and models, prevalent and contributing factors, psychological and social issues associated with substance and behavioral addictions, such as alcohol, drug use disorders and gambling disorder. Special emphasis is placed on assisting students to acquire the core functions of an addiction counsellor, including screening, intake, assessment, client education, treatment planning and case management. This is an introductory course to addiction counselling. 

COURSE AIM

It is designed to provide students with the generic knowledge, principles and skills that they can use to help people with a substance or behavioral addiction in today’s rapidly changing world.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course, students should be able to:-

  • Identify the major models of substance use disorders and gambling disorder.
  • Explain the use of relevant diagnostic instruments to identify substance and behavioral addictions.
  • Discuss treatment trends and relevant ethical concepts and concerns.
  • Explain the use of Stages of Change and key intervention models in the management of addiction population.
  • Explain assessment and interventions and support required for families with addiction issues.
  • Explain the common dual diagnosis associated with addiction condition, and its management.
  • Develop case formulation skills by using the biological, psychological and social perspectives.
  • Employ intervention skills and techniques by using the Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing strategies.

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