Developmental Aspects of Psychology and Addiction
This course provides an understanding of the etiology of addiction and clinical implications to effectively understand chemically dependent behavior.
What you can learn.
- Address the current genetic and environmental research in the development of substance use disorders
- Explore the biological, developmental, psychological, and social factors that lead to vulnerability to addictions
- Examine various treatment approaches from a developmental perspective that relates biology and behavior
About this course:This course provides students with a basic level of understanding of the etiology of addiction and clinical implications derived from the application of psychology to chemically dependent behavior. To understand its complicated nature as a disease, the course focuses on current genetic and environmental research in the development of substance use disorders. Specific topics to be covered include the biological, developmental, psychological, environmental, and social factors that lead to vulnerability to addictions; symptoms of addictive disorders; and prevalence across the life span among target populations, including adolescents, seniors, families, and those with trauma exposure. We also examine various treatment approaches from a developmental perspective, including translational approaches to treatment that bridge biology and behavior.
Summer 2021 Schedule
Remote instruction courses are taught online in real-time with regularly scheduled class meetings held via Zoom. Course materials can be accessed any time through an online learning platform.
Required course in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate. Restricted course; call (310) 825-7093 for permission to enroll. Web enrollments automatically generate a "Permission to Enroll" request.
Enrollment deadline: June 29, 2021. Visitors not permitted.