Substance Abuse: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention – CEFS 691

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

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to current theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behaviors, including strategies for prevention, intervention, and treatment. The identification of standard screening and assessment instruments for substance use disorders and process addictions are practiced, as well as screening for aggression, and danger to self and/or others, as well as co-occurring mental disorders are reviewed. The course also describes appropriate counseling strategies when working with clients with addiction and co-occurring disorders in a multicultural society.


COUC 501, 504, 505, 510, 521, and 546


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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesize how substance abuse and addiction counseling as a professional activity will be an expression and extension of who he or she is personally through written and oral
  2. Analyze the development/current trends of addictions counseling as a profession and as a ministry in the body of Christ through written and oral
  3. Describe the nature, importance, and function of addiction-spectrum conditions and how those issues relate to biblical, moral, ethical, and legal issues through written assignments and a
  4. Accurately integrate and reference professional research in the behavioral sciences on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of substance abuse and other addictive disorders through written and oral assignments and a
  5. Formulate research-based plans for effective intervention with those experiencing difficulties with substance abuse and other addictive difficulties through visiting facilities and a presentation.

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.

Certification Paper

F.3  Human Growth & Development

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

Quiz 1 (Ch. 1-2), Experiential Paper 1-2, Theoretical Approaches Experiential Paper

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

Quiz 1-4, Experiential Papers 1-2; Discussion Board Forum 2-3

F.5  Counseling and Helping Relationships

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

Experiential Papers 1-3; Discussion Board Forums 2-4

CMHC Foundations

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

Theoretical Models and Approaches: Experiential Paper

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

Theoretical Models and Approaches: Experiential Paper

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.

Reading Quiz 1

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

Final Project

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

Certification Paper

Course Assignment

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 (3)

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.

Theoretical Models and Approaches Paper

The student will complete a paper addressing 4 models from the 8 categories of models. Then, the student will provide an overview of the model and describe 1 example he/she researched that particular model. This must include at least 3 paragraphs. The first must provide an overview of the model, then an example and must give specific reasons for why he/she felt this example provides a good explanation according to the theoretical model. The textbook and one scholarly source must be used for each of the 4 model selections. Please review the assignment instructions and rubric. The paper will be approximately 4-5 pages long (excluding title and reference pages).

Support Group Summary Paper

The student will be required to visit a minimum of one meeting each of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Al-Anon. After attending one meeting of each type of support group, you will write a paper based on your experiences. Your SGS will be approximately 8-10 pages long (including title and reference pages).

Experiential Blog

The student will be required to visit a minimum of one meeting each of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Al-Anon. Most meetings are typically open to the public, but there are some that are closed, so make sure you plan accordingly. After attending each meeting you will post about your experiences going to the AA, NA and Al-Anon meetings.

This Blog is to be a continued interactive discussion of your observed group experiences, thoughts, insights, feedback and should be a continued interaction with the class group throughout the term. You should have three blog posts on each attended experiential meetings (AA, NA, Al-Anon) and six replies (2 blog replies to each AA, NA, Al-Anon).

Quizzes (20)

Each quiz will cover 1 chapter of the Capuzzi and Stauffer text for the assigned modules/weeks. The student will take multiple quizzes each module/week, which will allow the student to focus on a single chapter for each quiz. Each quiz is open-book/open- notes, contains 10 multiple-choice/true-false questions, and has a 30-minute time limit.