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Course 414 - Counseling Alcoholics

Course 414 - Counseling Alcoholics (3 credits ) Provides a complete road map for assessing, diagnosing, and treating alcoholism. Topics include recognizing alcohol problems in clients, understanding the critical concepts of the treatment of alcoholism, the 12-step approach, relapse prevention, and recognizing primary or secondary psychiatric disorders in clients who are chemically dependent.

Professor:  Diane Thomas

 

Week One

    Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • To introduce the content and purpose of this course.
  • To introduce the instructor and other students who are involved in this course.

  • To introduce to the "treatment" professional how to recognize alcohol problems in his or her clients.

  • To learn the various criteria used to diagnose both alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse.

 

Week Two

    Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • Recognize the widespread adverse effects of alcohol in our families and communities
  • Understand the difference between type one and type two alcoholism

  • Introduce the student to the psychopathology related to addictions

  • Learn that addiction is a brain disease

  • Explore the benefits of utilizing God, our higher power, in treatment

 

Week Three

    Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • Understand the importance of treatment planning as an effective part of healing.
  • Learn the important components of a treatment plan.

  • Become aware of the treatment planning tools available to drug and alcohol counselors.

 

Week Four

    Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • Become aware of the different goals treatment professional can utilize to help those recovery
  • Understand the importance of being honest in treatment

  • Learn about habits and the behavior chain relative to alcoholism

  • Recognize the importance of group interventions

 

Week Five

    Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • Learn the importance of the 12-steps for treatment of alcoholism.
  • Understand that participation in Alcoholics Anonymous is associated with positive outcomes in the treatment of alcoholism

  • Go in-depth with steps one through five.

 

Week Six

    Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • Learn how to work with the patient who is depressed, and pain, angry, suicidal, and homicidal
  • Become familiar with various personality disorders

  • Learn about anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, impulse control disorders and the psychotic patient.

 

Week Seven

    Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • Understand the high rates of patients presenting with both psychiatric disorders and chemical dependency
  • Learn how to work with the patient who is depressed, and pain, angry, suicidal, and homicidal

  • Become familiar with various personality disorders

  • Learn about anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, impulse control disorders and the psychotic patient.

 

Week Eight

    Learning Objectives for this Session:

  • Learn to recognize when a patient should be discharged from treatment.
  • Understand the discharge criteria.

  • Become aware of the difference between a lapse and relapse.

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of relapse.

  • Learn about the importance of a recovery community for sobriety.
  • Understand your role in this recovery community.

  • Become familiar with codependency and its role in addictions and recovery.

  • Gain knowledge of the promises Alcoholics Anonymous makes for those who work their recovery.

 

 

Estimated Course Materials & Tuition:

Digital Media Fee $50.00

Tuition $450.00

Required Textbook: Perkinson, R. R. (2002). Treating alcoholism: Helping your clients find the road to recovery. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Suggested Textbooks: American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, DC: Author Perkinson, R. R. & Jongsma, A.E. (1998). The chemical dependence treatment planner. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Total Cost of Course: (Does not include the cost of buying textbooks)

 


$500.00