Explore alcohol and other drug dependencies through multidisciplinary lectures, discussions, films, exercises, and readings
Understand the complicated nature of dependencies as a disease and different substances of abuse
Comprehend the current genetic and environmental research in the development of substance use disorders
Identify symptoms of addictive disorders and various behavioral and medication-assisted intervention strategies
Evaluate the prevalence of dependencies across the life span among adolescents, seniors, families, and those exposed to trauma
About this course:
This course provides students with a basic level of understanding of addiction from a historical, cultural, psychological, and neurobiological perspective. This course examines alcohol and other drug dependencies through a multidisciplinary approach with lectures, discussions, film, exercises, and readings. To understand its complicated nature as a disease, the course will focus on different substances of abuse and the 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; prevalence across the life span among target populations, including adolescents, seniors, families, and those with trauma exposure; and various treatment approaches, including both behavioral and medication-assisted intervention strategies.
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.
Visitors not permitted. Enrollment deadline: September 30, 2021. Materials required.