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 Course Title:   Substance Use Disorder Assessment & Case Mgmt.

 Title Abbreviation:   SUBST DISORDER/CASE MGMT

 Department:    HSERV

 Course #:    243

 Credits:    4

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    4

 CIP:    511501

 EPC:    437

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Introduction to the tools & techniques (including ASAM criteria) used for drug and alcohol assessments and case management. Covers treatment plan formation and the implementation of quality care, the Behavioral Administration (BHA) as well as making appropriate referrals.


Prerequisite: HSERV 141 or department chair approval.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand counseling theories and delivery of counseling services to clients.
  2. Understand what the ASAM criteria are and how to best employ these criteria for assessment, treatment planning and treatment progress evaluation.
  3. Develop an understanding of what consitutes good substance use disorder treatment along with a working knowledge of the different models of chemical dependency treatment currently available in Washington State.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

Course Contents

  1. Normal developmental processes - effects of chemical use and recovery.
  2. Psychological defense mechanism, especially denial and others in chemical dependent clients.
  3. Basic interviewing and communication skills.
  4. Boundaries (counter-transference, rescuing, enmeshment, bias).
  5. Confrontation - intervention techniques.
    • Finding appropriate ways to motivate clients.
  6. Cultural differences - special populations gender, racial, cultural, sex, minority.
  7. When and how to refer - recognizing one's limits.
  8. Necessity and benefits of supervision and consultation.
  9. General modalities of counseling.
  10. Inappropriate interventions and techniques to avoid (i.e. psychoanalytic, ACOA in early TX, etc.)
  11. Familiarity with current Best Practices models for Chemical Dependency treatment.
  12. Construction and implementation of a chemical abuse/dependency assessment as per WAC requirements.
  13. Use of ASAM criteria for assessment, treatment planning and treatment progress measurement.
  14. Dual diagnosis treatment.