Client, Family, and Community Education in Addiction Counseling – ADCN 605

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the process of providing clients, families, significant others, and community groups with information on risks related to psychoactive substance use, as well as available prevention, treatment and recovery resources.  Cultural diversity is appreciated and highlighted.  Factors that increase the likelihood for an individual, community, or group to be at-risk for, or resilient to, psychoactive substance use disorders are described, as well as health and behavior problems related to addiction including infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB, and STDs.


(CEFS 501 or MAAC 501 or COUN 501) and (CEFS 510 or MAAC 510 or COUN 510) and (ADCN 505 or MAAC 505)


As one of the top three issues presented in counseling, whether academic, occupational, clinical, or church settings, this course is designed to help sharpen the student’s focus on becoming a skillful counselor in this area. The opportunity exists, as in few other areas of counseling practice, for a counselor to bring skillful healing and grace to those struggling with addictive issues. It is difficult to think of another area of practice where the mind, body, soul, and spirit are so clearly intertwined and amenable to effective intervention.

Method of Instruction: This 8 week course is delivered in an online format, with Blackboard® as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Illustrate knowledge on substance abuse education, community organizations, and/or prevention skills development.
  2. Utilize current research, literature, and other valuable resources to obtain appropriate information on substance abuse trends and to develop substance abuse prevention educational activities.
  3. Apply strategies and behaviors in order to facilitate and assist educational venues on substance use and abuse.
  4. Design advocacy strategies within the social and cultural constructs for those with substance use disorders and the contextual determinants of addictive behaviors.
  5. Assess the strengths, barriers, and challenges of families, institutions, and communities that foster recovery for those with substance use disorders.

Matrix of Student Competencies

CACREP Standard

Course/Experience – Learning Experiences

F1.  Professional Counseling Orientation And Ethical Practice

F.1.g. professional counseling credentialing, including certification, licensure, and accreditation practices and standards, and the effects of public policy on these issues.

ADCN 605 Client, Family, and Community Education – Quiz 1 (Modules 1-2), Treatment/Relapse Prevention Plan, Final Test

F.3  Human Growth & Development

F.3.d.  theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behavior

ADCN 605 Client, Family, and Community Education – Quiz 1-3, Experiential Paper, Treatment/Relpase Prevention Plan

F.3.e.  biological, neurological, and physiological factors that affect human development, functioning, and behavior

ADCN 605 Client, Family, and Community Education – Quiz 1-4, Final Exam, Experiential Paper; Discussion Board Forum 2-3

F.5  Counseling and Helping Relationships

F.5.f. counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence the counseling process

ADCN 605 Client, Family, and Community Education – Experiential Paper; Film or Book Review, Discussion Board Forums 2-4

CMHC Foundations

CMHC 1.b. theories and models related to clinical mental health counseling,

ADCN 605 Client, Family, and Community Education  – Quizzes 1-3, Experiential Paper, Treatment/Relapse Prevention Plan, Final Exam

CMHC 1.d. neurobiological and medical foundation and etiology of addiction and co-occurring disorders

ADCN 605  Client, Family, and Community Education –  Experiential Paper, Final Exam

CMHC Contextual Dimensions

CMHC 2.c. mental health service delivery modalities within the continuum of care, such as inpatient, outpatient, partial treatment and aftercare, clinical mental health counseling services network.

ADCN 605 Client, Family, and Community Education  – Quiz 2-3, Experiential Paper, Treatment/Relapse Prevention Plan, Film or Book Review, Final Exam

CMHC 2.e. potential for substance use disorders to mimic and co-occur with a variety of neurological, medical and psychological disorder

ADCN 605 Client, Family, and Community Education  – Treatment/Relapse Prevention Plan, Final Exam

CMHC 2.k.  professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials relevant to the practice of clinical mental health counseling.

ADCN 605 Client, Family, and Community Education  – Quiz 1, Final Exam

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, articles, website information, presentations, and videos

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 (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for the forum. The thread must be 350–450 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–300 words. Each thread must include at least 3 references, and each peer response must include at 1 reference. All references should be written at the end of the post in APA format.

Abstinence Project

This exercise is designed to help you experience some of the feelings/thoughts that addicted individuals experience when they quit their drug or behavior of choice. This exercise requires that you give up a substance (e.g., nicotine, caffeine, or alcohol) or a behavior (e.g., Internet use, eating sweets, playing video/computer games, watching television, cell-phone usage) for a period of 7 weeks. For those of you who have difficulty identifying a substance or behavior, please contact me so we can discuss what might be a challenge for you to give up for this time period. Your progress will be discussed using the discussion board, and your abstinence project log will be uploaded to Blackboard at the end of class.

Interview with a Person in Recovery from Addiction

The student will write a paper in current APA format that reflects an interview with a person in recovery from addiction or with someon who has had drug problems. Students are not allowed and cannot aske someone from any AA or NA meeting they attend for class to do this interview. The paper must include at least 3–4 references in addition to the course textbook.

Experiential Paper

The student will visit two AA, NA, or Al-Anon meetings (or other types of support meetings), and write a summary of the experience. The summary will describe and integrate specific experiential activities gained from the visits. Each summary paper must be written in current APA format. The paper must include at least 3 – 4 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Treatment/Relapse Prevention Plan for Fictitious Client

Students will address how they would work with their client using the knowledge obtained from the course. Papers will address models of addiction, information on addictive substances, co-occurring disorders, a theoretical approach and treatment plan, level of treatment, stage of chance, and the counselor’s work with the client, the family, and group/12-step treatment modalities. All papers will be written in APA format and 6-8 pages in length not including cover page or references (abstract not necessary).

Film or Book Review

Students will read a book or watch a film related to alcohol or other drug use/treatment. There are several movies and books that may be used. If a student has a particular book or film that they would like to present, students need to request permission from the professor. Each film or book review must be at least 3 – 4 pages in length (This does not include a cover page or reference page) and written in APA format.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the readings, presentations, and videos. The student will take multiple quizzes throughout the course, which will allow the student to focus on the most recent information for each quiz. Each quiz is open-book/open-notes, contains 25 multiple-choice/true-false questions, and has a 60-minute time limit.

Final Exam

There will be a comprehensive Final Exam covering all material in the course. The exam will consist of multiple-choice, matching, true/false questions, and one essay. The questions will be taken from textbooks, articles, website information, videos, and presentations. The exam will have a time limit of 2 hours.