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    Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  Dec 17, 2017
2017-2018 SGPP Catalog and Handbook
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ADS554 Psychopharmacology and Psychophysiology in Addiction Disorders (2 cr.)

This course examines the types and actions of substances of abuse, including street drugs, prescribed medications, over-the-counter compounds, herbs and other supplements, and toxic materials. Emphasis is placed on integrating counseling skills with pharmacotherapy while addressing the needs of clients from a variety of cultural and sub-cultural groups. The neurobiological components of abuse and addiction are examined and synthesized with social and psychological variables and risk factors. The effects of abuse and addiction on neuroanatomy and neurophysiology are analyzed to incorporate into treatment planning and program development.

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

  1. Critically evaluate the psychopharmacological and psychophysiological literature.
  2. Synthesize counseling theory and techniques with pharmacological information and practices.
  3. Distinguish and describe the effects of various substances of abuse on the physical, emotional, mental, and social aspects of the individual.
  4. Formulate an individualized and realistic treatment plan by analyzing and evaluating the physiological, social and cultural, and psychological factors placing individuals at risk to abuse substances.

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