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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Treatment and Recovery of Addictions
PSYC-307

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

Course Description

This course examines addiction recovery process theory and treatment modes. Students will understand the theoretical basis for treatment by critically assessing treatment outcome research from various approaches and formalize a practical recovery approach plan. Students will explore treatment approaches, gain a working understanding of addictions and begin to develop a practical approach to recovery. The dynamics of addiction recovery will be examined as students consider recovery obstacles for substance and sexual addiction subsets.

Requisites

Prerequisites

PSYC 255 and (PSYC 101 or 210)

Rationale

This course is designed to equip students with the theoretical basis of treatment and the ability to begin to develop a recovery plan for individuals with substance-related problems. In addition, students will examine sexual addiction and a recovery plan for this addiction. This course will also help them identify some of the obstacles involved in the treatment and recovery of addictions, including comorbidity and potential resistance to the treatment protocol.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise the different theoretical concepts of treatment.
  2. Evaluate current theories and terminology associated with treatment.
  3. Appraise the treatment outcome research.
  4. Analyze clinical features of relapse.
  5. Contrast the difference between the different treatment approaches.
  6. Identify features of relapse risks.
  7. Develop a Biblical concept of recovery.

Course Resources

Required Resources

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

Laaser, M. R. (2004). Healing the wounds of sexual addiction. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN: 9780310256571.

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

Van Wormer, K. and Davis, D.R. (2018). Addiction Treatment. New York: Cengage. ISBN: 9780357096284.

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 and video equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings, audio/visual lecture presentations, websites, and online articles

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (5)

In Modules/Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8, the student will post in the Discussion Board Forums. They will submit an original thread in answer to forum questions and reply to 2 classmates’ threads. The student’s original thread must be between 250 and 400 words; the 2 replies must be between 100 and 300 words each. Students must use their readings to support what they post in their original thread. Students SHOULD NOT post opinions, but educated answers to the questions that are based on the readings. Opinion-based posts that have no reference to readings will render a maximum score of 24 out of 56 points.

Replies of 100 to 300 words each to 2 other students should be used to enhance an educated discussion on the concepts addressed in the questions. The student should think of this as a classroom discussion addressing a very important issue. Students should use knowledge from the readings and videos to strengthen, support, and challenge each other in their thinking. Adhering to APA formatting guidelines for in-text citations and references is required. Threads are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of the assigned modules/weeks, and at least 2 replies are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the same modules/weeks. The only exception is Module/Week 8 when the thread is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, and the replies are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday. (CLO A, B, C, D, E, F, and G)

Critical Book Review

In Module/Week 4, the student will submit a 3–4-page critical book review over the Laaser text. Three specific sections, (1) Summary; (2) Analysis; and (3) Conclusion, will be required. Adhering to APA formatting guidelines for in-text citations and references is required. The student should see the instructions and grading rubric located within the Assignment Instructions folder in the course for specific expectations for this assignment. This assignment must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 4. (CLO A, B, C, D and G).

Treatment and Recovery Project

In Module/Week 7, the student will submit an 6–8-page treatment and recovery paper. This paper will include an overview of an addiction and a recovery plan. Adhering to APA formatting guidelines for in-text citations and references is required. The student should see the instructions and grading rubric located within the Assignment Instructions folder in the course for specific expectations for this assignment. This assignment must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7. (CLO A, B, C, D, F, and G)

Tests (3)

In Modules/Weeks 3, 5, and 8, the student will take an open-note/open-book, multiple-choice and true/false test over the previous week's reading material. These tests consist of 40 questions, and the student will have 60 minutes to complete each test. Once the test is opened, it must be completed; it cannot be saved and resumed at a later time. Tests must be taken no later than 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned module/week, except for Test 3, which is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Week 8. (CLO A, B, C, D, E, F, and G)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (5 at 56 pts ea)

280

Critical Book Review

160

Treatment and Recovery Project

200

Tests (3 at 120 pts ea)

360

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 307

Textbooks: Laaser, Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction (2004).

Vom Wormer & Davis, Addiction Treatment (2018).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Laaser: chs. 1–3

Vom Wormer & Davis: chs. 1–2

2 presentations

2 lecture notes

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Discussion Board Forum 1

10

0

56

2

Laaser: chs. 4–7

Vom Wormer & Davis: ch. 3

2 presentations

2 lecture notes

Discussion Board Forum 2

56

3

Laaser: chs. 8–11

Vom Wormer & Davis: chs. 4-5

1 presentation

1 lecture note

Discussion Board Forum 3

Test 1

56

120

4

Laaser: chs. 12–13

Vom Wormer & Davis.: ch. 6-7

1 presentation

1 lecture note

Critical Book Review

160

5

Vom Wormer & Davis: chs. 8-9

1 presentation

1 lecture note

Test 2

120

6

Vom Wormer & Davis: chs. 10–11

2 presentations

2 lecture notes

Discussion Board Forum 4

56

7

Vom Wormer & Davis: ch. 12

2 presentations

2 lecture notes

Treatment and Recovery Project

200

8

Vom Wormer & Davis: ch. 13

1 presentation

1 lecture note

Discussion Board Forum 5

Test 3

56

120

Total

1010

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