The Chicago School’s Counseling Psychology, Treatment of Addiction Disorders concentration prepares graduates to help individuals overcome mental health challenges and emotional issues that prevent them from living life to the fullest.
Offered at our Chicago Campus, the concentration provides specific education in the area of assessment, intervention/prevention, and treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) and other behavioral addictions. The program prepares individuals to provide effective counseling psychology services for a wide range of addictions in community-based environments.
Counseling Psychology students in this concentration will gain an understanding and appreciation for how diverse populations and cultural issues impact those who need addiction treatment. They will also acquire the essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills necessary to work with diverse populations afflicted with a variety of emotional and psychological conditions.
Subjects such as historical development of substance abuse and addictions are explored from the following perspectives—cultural perspectives and uses, including subcultures; current stances on legalization; the “war on drugs;” and developing concerns from a growing list of addictive disorders, including sexual addictions, internet addictions, video gaming addictions, eating disorders, and shopping addictions.
The curriculum incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors and prepares graduates to sit for professional counselor licensure in Illinois and surrounding states.
Curriculum incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors, preparing students to sit for Professional Counselor licensure in Illinois (LPC and LCPC).
Program Time to Completion
2 years full time, 3 years part time
Biological Bases and Psychopharmacology of Addiction
Provides an orientation to the current biological theories of substance abuse as well as other addictions, such as gambling, shopping, sex and food. The course reviews genetics, neurobiology, reward mechanisms, and the effects on the brain, as well as developmental issues. In addition the course will present the following:
- A comprehensive review of commonly abused legal and illegal drugs
- The effects on the body and mind including, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, FES/FAS, dementia, and pregnancy
- A review of the current medical, pharmacological, and alternative physical treatments (acupuncture, herbs).
There is a special focus on women, children, adolescents, and MISA populations.
Historical and Legal Developments in Addictions Disorders
Course is designed to increase the student's understanding of the historical development of substance abuse and addictions from the following perspectives: origin and progression of legislation, cultural perspectives and uses including subcultures, current stances on legalization, the "war on drugs," and the most current developing concerns from the growing list of addictive disorders (e.g. sexual addictions, internet addictions, video gaming addictions, eating disorders, and shopping addictions). Considerations for how these disorders apply to special populations such as people of color, GLBT persons, ethnic-multicultural populations, the economically disadvantaged, the oppressed, veterans, women, children and adolescents, and HIV-positive clients are discussed. Also included in this course is a review of the ethical guidelines for addiction counselors and knowledge of related agencies, such as IODAPCA, SAMHSA, NIAAA, and CSAT.
Evaluation and Treatment of Addictions
Provides in depth examination of the assessment and treatment of addictive disorders. This includes understanding diagnostic criteria, reviews of tools and measurements for assessment, drug testing, ASAM criteria, and knowledge and skills regarding current treatment models (Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, 12-Step), as well as the types of programs and resources available for treatment care planning. There is a special focus on women, children, adolescents, dual diagnosis populations, and treatment in the criminal justice system. Role play, cased-based learning, and practice exercise are utilized in order to maximize skill development in this course.
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