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    Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  Feb 21, 2018
2017-2018 SGPP Catalog and Handbook
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ADS551 Historical and Contemporary Foundations of Addiction Theories (2 cr.)

This course explores various contemporary and historic theories that account for the etiology of addiction to psychoactive substances. Emphasis is on psychological, biological, and sociocultural theories of drug addiction. Topics include the role of family and society, roles/responsibilities of the therapist, addiction as a disease, the 12-Step Framework, abstinence, and harm reduction.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Compare and contrast competing models and theories of addiction and addiction treatment.
  2. Analyze individual and family contributions to the development, maintenance, and treatment of substance abuse and addiction from a historical and contemporary perspective.
  3. Evaluate current research and data regarding the effectiveness of prevailing models of treatment.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to differentiate and work within the 12 Core Functions of Addictions Counseling.

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