This academic course is designed to meet 45 Hours of Recovery-Oriented Care in Clinical Counseling for LPCC licensing in California.
Chemical Dependence for Clinical Counseling supports students to acquire the knowledge, and to develop the skills and professional dispositions, associated with recovery oriented care. During the course, students will learn the properties of commonly abused substances and current theories concerning the etiology of substance abuse; tools for assessment and screening of substance use and co-occurring disorders; evidence-based treatment approaches; population-based vulnerabilities and risk factors; the impact of ecosystemic risk and protective factors; and relapse prevention strategies. The impact of culture, values and worldview, as well as common ethical issues that arise during substance abuse counseling, will also be explored.
This course is designed for adult learners. It is offered in an online instructional format that is both instructor- and peer-driven. Students are expected to engage in up to four learning activities per course section.
Learning activities include:
1. Reading the assigned sections of the texts.
2. Viewing video lectures and/or PowerPoint presentations, when applicable.
3. Responding to two discussion questions.
4. Completing quizzes.
Course Learning Outcomes
· CLO1: Recognize and challenge personal values related to substance use.
· CLO2: Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical issues that commonly arise during the course of substance abuse counseling.
· CLO3: Demonstrate knowledge of the properties and impacts of frequently abused substances.
· CLO4: Describe theories and etiologies of addictive behaviors.
· CLO5: Identify standard screening and assessment instruments for substance use disorders.
· CLO6: Identify evidence-based practices for recovery-oriented treatment of substance use disorders.
· CLO7: Recognize the potential for substance use disorders to mimic and co-occur with other medical and psychological disorders.
· CLO8: Demonstrate ability to apply evidence-based assessment and screening for substance use.
· CLO9: Demonstrate ability to apply evidence-based, recovery-oriented treatment planning.
· CLO11: Demonstrate awareness of the influence of culture and worldview on substance use and substance abuse counseling.
· CLO12: Demonstrate awareness of the influence of ecosystemic factors on substance use and substance abuse counseling.
· CLO13: Demonstrate ability to apply evidence-based relapse prevention approaches.
Required Text Books:
Miller, Geri (2015). Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling (Fourth Edition). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.
Stevens, Patricia, Smith, Robert L. (2013). Substance Abuse Counseling: Theory and Practice (5th Edition). San Francisco, California: Pearson.
Diana M. Concannon, PsyD, PCI, is is a forensic psychologist, certified forensic examiner, and a professional certified investigator. She works extensively with individuals who have been exposed to violence, natural disasters, and other traumas, as well as with organizations, correctional institutions and forensic mental health facilities to assess threats of violence. She is a certified Rape Escape instructor and a certified Management of Aggressive Behavior instructor. She is the author of Kidnapping: An Investigator’s Guide to Profiling, Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Alliant International University, Associate Professor in the California School of Forensic Studies, and Interim Director of the online Master’s in Clinical Counseling program.