Graduate Course Descriptions

ADA 6060 or CECP 6340 or SWRK 6530 Causes of Substance Abuse*
This course will examine the three major theories that explain the causes of psychoactive substance use: the biological, psychological, and sociological. The historical responses of society to substance use such as strategies including control, prevention, intervention and treatment will be outlined and the research of various epidemiological patterns and social correlates of substance use will also be studied.

ADA 6110 Physical Aspects of Addictive Drugs
This course will have students examine the neurobiology of the addiction process, treatment of cognitive deficiencies and mental and medical health conditions that may mimic or co-exist with substance abuse disorders. Current literature will be utilized in order to address medical and pharmacological interventions and treatment.

ADA 6115 Applied Neuropsychopharmacology of Addictive Drugs
The intent of this course is to provide students will an advanced understanding of the physiological and behavioral processes involved in psychoactive substance use, misuse, and addiction. An emphasis will be placed on the major and minor classifications, biology and pharmacology of commonly abused legal and illegal psychoactive substances. The course will include the history of drug use, drug metabolism, dependence, withdrawal and practice and policy application for recovery, prevention and treatment.

ADA 6330 Diversity and Ethical Issues in Addictions
This course will examine the social, political, economic and cultural context in which substance abuse exist, including risk and resiliency factors of individuals and groups. Multicultural and ethical issues will be addressed in regards to strategies for prevention, treatment and recovery and students will be expected to participate in self-exploration of their beliefs, values and behaviors.

ADA 6340 or CECP 6360 or SWRK 6550 Recovery Oriented Systems of Care*
This course will examine the understanding that recovery from substance abuse and dependency is a process of change which occurs within a systemic model of care that includes prevention, intervention, treatment and management of substance abuse disorders. Students will have exposure to various substance abuse screening and assessment instruments, counseling strategies and treatment modalities in order to assess, treat, and refer to the appropriate service providers along the continuum of care.

ADA 6700 Professional Field Practicum
The field practicum component of the graduate certificate is designed to be a capstone learning experience during which students, with the guidance and assistance of those persons who are currently working in the substance abuse field, can apply the knowledge and information obtained in the academic setting to further develop and refine his/her skills. Since skills are acquired by the application of information, knowledge and many hours of practice, field practicum is required of all students in order to complete the graduate certificate in substance abuse. 

Students will enroll in an appropriate field practicum course for their disciplines. Students must complete 360 clock hours of field experience in one or more placement settings that are engaged in providing substance abuse services. Students who are in the specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse and a graduate degree program at the same time must carefully coordinate their field practicum with both their major and specialty advisors. All policies and procedures related to the field practicum are included in the program's field practicum manual available from the specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse office. Professional experience outside the academic program may not be used to waive the field practicum requirement. 

In addition to the above courses, students must take one of the following courses:

ADA 6400 Co-Occurring Disorders and Addictions 
The course will instruct students on how to screen for co-occurring disorders with various assessment tools, address each diagnosis in a comprehensive treatment approach, and assist them in developing skills to deliver supportive, appropriate treatment services for clients with more than one disorder.

ADA 6410 Addiction in Family Systems
This course will examine how substance use disorders affect family members, couples, and significant others as well as how they impact and influence the user. In addition, the models of diagnosis, assessment tools, and methods of intervention for these groups will be identified and discussed. Strategies and behaviors that family members, couples, and significant others must adopt in order to assist in sustaining recovery and healthy relationships will be outlined.

ADA 6420 Clinical Supervision of Addiction Services 
This course will prepare students to understand the various clinical supervision theories, roles and modalities in order to implement leadership in the counseling profession. Moreover, aspects of the supervisory alliance will be addressed as well as issues surrounding critical thinking, self-awareness, competency, and organizational and administrative skills.

 

* Clinical mental health counseling students in Western Michigan University's Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology are required to complete these two courses.