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Social Work 617 Substance Abuse with Consideration of Other Addictive Disorders Stan Smith, Instructor 3 Units Academic Year 2012-2013 Instructor: Stan Smith, MSW RAS E-Mail: [email protected] Telephone: 818.632.6154 Course Meeting Time 4:10PM – 7:00PM Office Hours: By Appointment Course Location: MRF 229 I. C OURSE P REREQUISITES None II. C ATALOGUE D ESCRIPTION Exploration of nature and treatment of substance abuse and other addictive disorders as well as relevant treatment models for individuals, groups and families. III. C OURSE D ESCRIPTION Substance Dependence and Abuse is a widespread problem in all cultures, especially in the United States. It does not discriminate. Our understandings of substance use, dependence, abuse, and treatment are some of the most rapidly evolving and also controversial areas of knowledge in the mental health and medical fields. This course is designed to cover the key content necessary for developing a comprehensive understanding of a complex body of knowledge that is filled with certainties and uncertainties, science and speculation, dogma and theory, as well as opinion and silence. It will also provide students with a reflective grasp of a confusing body of knowledge. Topics covered include ethnocultural influences in addiction, sociocultural aspects of addiction, definitions of addiction, profiles in addiction, diagnoses and assessment ,substances of addiction, models of treatment, evidence-based practices, family work, group support and self-medication theories of addiction. This course also introduces the reader to an integrative model of treatment that infuses Stephanie Brown’s stage-driven approach to recovery with a psychoanalytic as well as an evidence-based sensibility. Addiction treatment is deepened when a non-directive, reflective, analytic perspective is coupled with the more traditional and sometimes confrontational approaches of recovery treatment. The combination of these clinical styles prevents relapse. Chemical dependency touches us all. This course is designed to have a personal, professional, educational and clinical impact. Serious content is delivered with discipline and rigor, creativity and imagination, brevity as well as elaboration. Hopefully students will develop a novel appreciation for a human desire that pleasures, confounds and destroys. Page 1 of 19
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IV. C OURSE O BJECTIVES The Substance Abuse with Consideration of Other Addictive Disorders course (SOWK 617) will: Objective # Objectives 1 Provide an overview of some of the key core components of the ever expanding field of substance dependence and abuse. Students will be encouraged to develop a comprehensive grasp of a complex body of knowledge that will serve as a foundational understanding for their future professional development. Students are also invited to explore their own emotional relationships with substances as a part of their learning process this semester.
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