Advanced Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse – PSYC 306

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

Course Description

Advanced information on the theory and treatment of substance abuse and addiction with both secular and biblical concepts of substance abuse, recovery, and the impact upon family systems and society. An appropriate integration of the sets of materials will focus on the 12-step method of recovery and methods of relapse prevention.


(PSYC 101 or PSYC 210 or SOCI 201) and PSYC 255


Skillful participation in the helping professions requires thorough understanding of substance abuse, addiction, and the recovery process. This course is intended for the student who is or soon will be counseling individuals, couples, and families that struggle with substance abuse or other addictive behaviors.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze the development/current trends of addictions counseling as a profession and as a ministry in the body of Christ.
  2. Compare and contrast various models of addiction that include biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual components.
  3. Justify the importance of neurobiological factors in the etiology, maintenance, and recovery from substance use and other addictive disorders.
  4. Critically evaluate various models of treatment for substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.
  5. Analyze the effects of substance use disorders and other addictions on marriages and families.
  6. Evaluate 12-step and other models of recovery according to evidence-based standards in the behavioral sciences.
  7. Integrate relapse prevention principles and methods into a comprehensive approach to recovery.

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 (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. Each reply must be at least 150 words. Each thread must incorporate at least 2 citations from at least 1 source in current APA format. Each reply must cite from 1 source in current APA format. Acceptable sources include the course textbooks, course presentations, the Bible, and peer-reviewed journal articles that may pertain to the course material (CLOs A, B, C, D, E, F, & G).

Support Group Paper

Support Group Selection Form

The student will identify a support group which he/she will attend at least 3 times throughout the course and submit the provided Support Group Selection Form.

Support Group Attendance Form

The student will print a copy of the Support Group Attendance Form and request the support group leader’s signature for each session he/she attends.

Support Group Paper

The student will write a 5–6-page research-based paper in current APA format that analyzes and summarizes the sessions he/she attended. The paper must include 3–5 references, 3 of which must be from peer-reviewed journal articles, in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. This paper will be submitted via SafeAssign (CLOs D, E, F, & G).

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned as well as the previous module/week. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit.