Behavioral & Addictions Counseling

Courses

BACS 532 Ethical Issues in Addictions Counseling 4.0 Credits

This course discusses the philosophical, legal, and moral responsibilities of Addictions Counselors. Students examine and discuss a wide array of ethical issues and moral dilemmas and will work to establish knowledge and skills to perform ethical decision-making using an ethical decision making model.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 534 Approaches to Substance Use Disorders 3.0 Credits

This course explores the bio-psycho-social impact of substance use disorders on individuals and their families. Students learn about the continuum of substance use and evidence-based practices associated with recovery. Students also experience first-hand the challenges in developing motivation for behavior change.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 535 Motivational Enhancement Skills 3.0 Credits

In this online, graduate level course, students learn to employ Motivational Interviewing, the Transtheoretical Model of Counseling (stages of change), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy strategies in the treatment of substance use disorders. Experiential activities assist the student in understanding conceptual frameworks and in developing effective counseling skills.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 540 Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention 3.0 Credits

Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the recovery process including factors influencing relapse. Marlatt’s relapse prevention model is used to explore the antecedents and consequences of substance use, risks associated with relapse, and the paths to recovery as experienced by people with a variety of co-occurring behavioral health disorders. In addition, comprehensive treatment and admission planning will be explored in order to understand how to execute relapse prevention and recovery planning. Understanding the purpose of the treatment plan and how to execute a treatment plan from intake to discharge will be taught.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 541 Addictions Practicum Supervision 2.0 Credits

This course facilitates student development of foundational skills necessary for the practice of an advanced addictions counselor. Students are expected to spend two hours weekly in group supervision (with an approved supervisor) and 10 hours of addictions counseling practice.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 560 Preventing Substance Use Disorders 3.0 Credits

This course provides a comprehensive overview of prevention theories and prevention programming related to substance use disorders. Course topics include principles and models of prevention, evidence-based practices, strategic planning, and outcome evaluation. A paradigm shift is occurring in substance use prevention programming. We are less focused on the use, and more focused on the user / environment interaction. New, effective programs motivate individuals to make low-risk choices though a variety of evidence-based practices including the social norms approach, environmental interventions, and public health models. Strategies for assessing target communities and then developing specific prevention programs will also be examined.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 568 Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations 3.0 Credits

The focus of this course is on effective approaches to assessing and treating people with substance use disorders who have unique needs. These populations include youth, older adults, women, people with co-occurring physical or psychiatric disabilities and members of the LGBT community. Appreciating how the values and attitudes of society and health care professionals influence working with these special populations are issues of particular importance.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 570 Clinical Supervision Skills 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to theoretical and practical issues associated with clinically supervising the substance use disorders practitioner. The course covers models, strategies, legal and ethical considerations, and stages of supervision. An emphasis is placed on leadership in promoting evidence-based best practice in behavioral health.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

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