Thursdays 5:30 p.m. -8:20 p.m.
Analyze dynamics, attitudes, and opposing viewpoints related to substance abuse and its treatment.
Learn about assessment and diagnosis of substance abuse dynamics.
Construct the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
Analyze common reasons why people use mood altering chemicals.
Learn about ambivalence, resistance, relapse, and commitment to change within the context of substance abuse treatment.
Critically reflect on issues and attitudes concerning substance abuse treatment.
Become familiar with community-based treatment supports.
Students will demonstrate in class discussion and in writing, the following qualities:
All papers and assignments must be turned in the day they are due. No exceptions. If you have an emergency and cannot make it to class, please email me your assignment the same day it is due. Any late papers will be lowered one letter grade for each day turned in late, and any late homework assignments will not be accepted. Please observe that your assignments are worth a considerable amount of points and skipping even one assignment will most likely significantly lower your grade. Please begin planning your semester schedule accordingly.
Attendance and participation are important components of the course. Class attendance is mandatory and NO absences are allowed. Students are expected to attend all classes unless extenuating circumstances exist. All absences must be explained to the instructor of the course. ANY unexcused absences as determined by the instructor may result in full final grade level reductions at the discretion of the instructor of the course. Students missing 2 class periods will receive an automatic grade of F and will be required to retake the course prior to completion of degree or program requirements. If you must be absent from class, please inform the instructor prior to the absence, and in the event of an emergency, please contact the instructor as soon as feasible.
The class is conducted in a discussion format and all students are expected to participate in class discussions and activities. As students will play a major role in their own learning they are expected to read the assigned materials and should be prepared to comment on the readings in class. Students are also expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. This includes:
Other Class Policies
CELL PHONES: The inappropriate use of these devices can be quite disturbing. Either turn these devices off or set to “ring” silently. If there is a compelling need, use these devices as unobtrusively as possible. If you are expecting an urgent call, keep your phone handy, not buried. Take all calls outside of the classroom. NO TEXTING DURING CLASS TIME.