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Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior Graduate Certificate

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior graduate certificate is designed for professionals who want to increase their knowledge of substance abuse, addiction, and compulsive behaviors. This graduate certificate is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the counseling professions.

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Five Required Courses

 

 

20 quarter credits

COUN5258
Group Therapy and Treatment of Substance-Related and Addictive Behaviors

In this course, learners explore group counseling as an important aspect of addictions treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention. Learners develop a personal model of group treatment for substance-related and addictive disorders that is informed by counseling and group theories; ethical, legal, and cultural considerations; and group development models.  For MS in Addiction Studies, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MSW, MSW—​Advanced Standing, and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior graduate certificate learners only.

4 quarter credits
COUN5260
Theories of Addiction Treatment

Learners in this course investigate the nature of addiction problems, studying various theories and models of addiction to evaluate the validity and efficacy of associated treatment approaches. Learners also utilize critical thinking skills in the application of theory to therapeutic work with specific populations.  For MS in Addiction Studies, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MSW, MSW—​Advanced Standing, and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior graduate certificate learners only.

4 quarter credits
COUN5261
Interventions for Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Learners in this course investigate current treatment interventions for substance-related and addictive disorders. In addition, learners evaluate diagnoses for substance-related and addictive disorders and apply appropriate treatment. Topics include inpatient and outpatient treatment options, self-help groups, the use of alternative treatment modalities, and continuum of care including community resources, relapse prevention, and recovery planning.  For MS in Addiction Studies, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MSW, MSW—​Advanced Standing, and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior graduate certificate learners only.

4 quarter credits
COUN5264
Contemporary Issues in the Treatment of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

In this course, learners gain and apply the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career as an addictions counselor. Learners analyze the history of addiction treatment as well as approaches to treatment and examine case management, including continuum of care. Learners also develop an understanding of ethical considerations, special populations, and general terminology for the field of addiction treatment.​  For MS in Addiction Studies, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MSW, MSW—​Advanced Standing, and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior graduate certificate learners only.

4 quarter credits

In addition, choose one from the following courses:

COUN5108 *
Foundations of Addiction and Addictive Behavior

This course provides learners with fundamental knowledge of addiction from its historical roots through contemporary issues. Learners examine theory and research that guides treatment for substance use disorders and related addictive behaviors, including the diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring mental health issues. In addition, learners review empirically supported interventions for individuals, families, groups, and diverse populations, as well as emerging issues in the field based upon current research. For MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior graduate certificate, MSW, and MSW—Advanced Standing learners only. Prerequisite(s): COUN5223 or COUN5260 or SWK5013.

4 quarter credits
COUN5266
Family Systems and Psychoeducation in Addiction

Learners in this course apply the lens of systemic thinking to examine how addiction impacts family systems. Learners assess the role of psychoeducation in treating and preventing addiction with individuals and families as well as other complex facets of addiction that include the role of family dynamics, the relationship between professional systems, models of recovery, and pathology. Learners also develop psychoeducation-informed family group therapy lesson plans.  ​For MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MS in School Counseling degree program and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior, Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services, Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services, and Systemic Couple and Family Therapy graduate certificate learners only. 

4 quarter credits
COUN5268
Psychopharmacology and Medication Management

Learners in this course examine the neurobiological, behavioral, psychological, and physical effects of psychoactive substances on individuals and analyze the classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medication. Learners also apply principles of psychopharmacology to the clinical practice of counselors and therapists, including consultation and interfacing with the medical community and other systems of care.  ​For MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MS in School Counseling degree program and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior, Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services, Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services, and Systemic Couple and Family Therapy graduate certificate learners only. 

4 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

20 quarter credits