Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors – EDCO 740

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

Course Description

The psychological and psychosocial effects of drug addiction and addictive behaviors on individuals, couples, and families are examined. Emphasis is placed on counseling skills and techniques.




Addiction, whether to substances or behaviors, is one of the leading causes of disease burden in the world. Counseling caregivers must become knowledgeable about addiction and skillful at working with individuals, families, and communities affected by it. The opportunity for counselors to bring skillful healing and grace to those struggling with addictive issues exists as in few other areas of counseling practice. Addiction and its etiology, treatment, and prevention clearly involve the mind, body, soul, and spirit. This course is designed to equip the student with the resources necessary for providing more effective care for those whose lives have been impacted by addiction.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Explain how substance abuse and addiction counseling as a professional activity will be a reflection of the student’s Christian worldview.
    2. Analyze the development and current trends of addictions counseling as a profession and as a ministry in the body of Christ.
    3. Relate the nature, importance, and function of addiction-spectrum conditions to biblical, moral, ethical, and legal issues.
    4. Contrast various models of addiction that include biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual components.
    5. Justify the importance of neurobiological factors in the etiology, maintenance, and recovery from substance use and other addictive disorders.
    6. Integrate professional research in the behavioral sciences on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of substance abuse and other addictive disorders.
    7. Formulate evidence-based plans for effective intervention with those experiencing difficulties with substance abuse and other addictive difficulties.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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)

There will be 4 class-wide Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to post 1 initial thread of at least 400 words; in the following week, the student must post 3 replies of at least 200 words each. For each thread, the student must support assertions with at least 1 citation in current APA format. Each reply must also cite at least 1 source. All citations must be in-text. Acceptable sources include the textbooks and journal articles. The student may cite the Bible, but they will need at least 1 of the other sources. An APA reference list is not required unless the student uses materials from outside the course. (Outcomes: A - F)

Addictions Case Study (3 Parts)

The student will review an addiction case study narrative and develop a conceptualization paper and geogram of the case (part 1), analyze and discuss diagnostic considerations (part 2), and develop evidence-based treatment recommendations (part 3). While the case studies are not traditional research papers, the student will need to follow the APA Sample paper found in the Assignment Instructions folder in Blackboard when doing basic APA formatting of their papers (Outcome: G)

Quizzes (4)

Four quizzes will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a 90-minute time limit. (Outcomes: B - F)