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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Overview of Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse
PSYC-305

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

This course includes a thorough examination of the theoretical models of addiction, the introduction to the neurobiology of addiction, the addiction cycle, the evaluation and treatment of addictions, and the trauma that occurs with addictions.

Requisites

Prerequisites

(PSYC 101 or PSYC 210 or SOCI 201) and PSYC 255

Rationale

This course is designed to equip the student with the theoretical basis of addictions and the ability to clinically assess and diagnose individuals with substance related problems. In addition, the student will be introduced to the neurobiology of addiction and gain an understanding of treatment options and the psychopharmacology of drugs. Finally, he/she will be able to identify the dually-diagnosed client and make appropriate treatment recommendations for the client with substance-related problems.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the theoretical concepts of addiction.
  2. Identify current theories and terminology associated with addiction.
  3. Describe the pharmacology of drugs and addiction.
  4. List clinical features of addiction.
  5. Evaluate evidence of use, abuse, and addiction, and make an appropriate referral.
  6. Recognize features of co-occurring disorders.

Course Resources

Required resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers physical copies of the resources, he or she may purchase them through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Doweiko, H. E. (2015). Concepts of chemical dependency (9th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning. ISBN: 9781285455136.

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student.

May, G. G. (1988). Addiction & grace: Love and spirituality in the healing of addictions. New York, NY: HarperCollins. ISBN: 9780061122439.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. Microsoft PowerPoint (for optional alternative assignment)
  6. Microsoft Publisher (for optional alternative assignment)
  7. APA formatting information: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be a minimum of 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. Each reply must be a minimum of 100 words. In preparation for Discussion Board Forum 3, the student will attend a 12-step meeting and discuss his/her experience with classmates. The 12-Step Meeting Selection assignment will prepare the student for this Discussion Board Forum.

12-Step Meeting Selection

The student will write 1 paragraph explaining what type of meeting he/she will attend and why this particular group was chosen.

Community Support PowerPoint/Pamphlet

The student will create either a PowerPoint presentation or a pamphlet to be used in presenting to a community or church group in order to solicit support for substance abuse/addiction treatment. The assignment must include at least 1–2 sources in current APA format. The PowerPoint presentation must contain 8–10 slides and include a script for each slide. The pamphlet must be bi-fold or tri-fold and use both sides of the paper.

Addiction Paper

The student will write a 3–5-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a specific addiction. The paper must include at least 3 outside sources that are from current, professional (peer-reviewed) journals and have been published in the last 5 years.

Case Study Assessment Paper

The student will thoroughly assess one of the individuals from the case histories provided and write a 6–8-page paper on the topic. The assessment must address the spiritual, genetic, and psychosocial aspects of the individual’s behavior. The student must incorporate what has been learned in the course into this assessment. The paper must be in current APA format; a title page and reference page must be included. The student must include references to at least 3 presentations from the course as well as references to 3–4 additional items from the Reading & Study material to support all assertions.

Tests (4)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a 50-minute time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (5 at 50 pts ea)

250

12-Step Meeting Selection

10

Community Support PowerPoint/Pamphlet

100

Addiction Paper

100

Case Study Assessment Paper

140

Test 1

(Modules 1–2)

100

Test 2

(Modules 3–4)

100

Test 3

(Modules 5–6)

100

Test 4

(Modules 7–8)

100

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

PSYC 305

Textbooks: Doweiko, Concepts of Chemical Dependency (2015).

May, Addiction & Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions (1988).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Doweiko: chs. 1–3

3 presentations

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

12-Step Meeting Selection

10

0

50

10

2

May: chs. 1–2

3 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 2

Test 1

50

100

3

Doweiko: chs. 17–18

3 presentations

DB Forum 3

50

4

Doweiko: chs. 22–24

3 presentations

1 website

Community Support PowerPoint/Pamphlet

Test 2

100

100

5

Doweiko: chs. 25–26

3 presentations

1 website

Addiction Paper

100

6

May: chs. 3–5

3 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 4

Test 3

50

100

7

Doweiko: chs. 27, 29–30

3 presentations

1 website

Case Study Assessment Paper

140

8

Doweiko: ch. 34

May: chs. 7–8

3 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 5

Test 4

50

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.