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 Course Title:   Adolescent Chemical Dependency Counseling

 Title Abbreviation:   ADOLESCENT CHEM DEP COUN

 Department:    HSERV

 Course #:    248

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    510392

 EPC:    420

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Provides chemical dependency professionals and those pursuing chemical dependency counseling qualifications the opportunity to learn how to work with children and adolescents in an effective manner.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assessment: Learn purpose and structure of adolescent assessment, screening tools, and how to employ them effectively.
  2. Diagnosis: Use DSM-IV criteria and screening tools to reach conclusions regarding developmental challenges verses drug related problems.
  3. Appropriate treatment placement: Understand and use elements of adolescent programs, Washington State definition of treatment levels and how to access them, and determination of needs.
  4. Best Practices models: Develop working knowledge of current Best Practices models for adolescent CD counseling.
  5. Pluralism: Develop an understanding and a working knowledge of the need to use culturally, developmentally and age appropriate materials when working with children.
  6. Development: Gain an understanding of the process of child and adolescent development.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

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.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

Course Contents

  1. Child and adolescent development and learning styles.
  2. Effective assessment tools and techniques.
    • Using the DSM-lV (R) criteria for diagnostics.
    • Using the ASAM Criteria for assessment, treatment placement and treatment progress evaluation.
  3. The Mentally Ill/Chemically Addicted (MICA) adolescent's needs.
  4. Successful curriculum development for experiential drug education and skill building classes.
  5. Working with other community-based service providers in a teamwork fashion.
  6. Establishment of realistic expectations, healthy boundaries and therapeutically beneficial relationships with young clients.
  7. Understanding and assisting young clients in getting their personal and social needs met in healthy ways.
  8. Current Best Practices models for adolescent treatment.
  9. Child and adolescent physical, mental & emotional, social development.
  10. Understanding different styles of learning and how to provide activities that reach different types of learners.