Advanced Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse – PSYC 306

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/03/2022

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 will be presented. An appropriate integration of the sets of materials will focus on the 12-step method of recovery and methods of relapse prevention.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


An advanced understanding of the theories of substance abuse is foundational to the development of recovery professionals. This course is intended for students who intend to work in the field or substance abuse either as researchers or clinicians.

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 the Course Overview.


For each of the five discussions, students will write a substantive thread of a minimum of 250 words in response to questions posed by the instructor. A reply of a minimum of 150 words will then be written to at least one other student’s thread. All posts must be academic in nature, meaning they must include citations and references in APA format. You are welcome to use outside resources to make your points and encouraged to do so. Threads are to be completed by Thursday night each module: week and replies are to be completed by Monday night of the same module: week. (CLOs A, B, C, D, & E).

Support Group Assignment

Support Group: Selection Form Assignment

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

Support Group: Attendance Form Assignment

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 Assignment

The student will write a 5–6-page research-based paper in current APA format that analyzes and summarizes the sessions they attended. The paper must include 3–5 references, three of which must be from peer-reviewed journal articles, in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLOs C,D,E)


Students will complete four quizzes, each consisting of multiple-choice questions covering the textbook readings and presentations. All quizzes are open-book/open-notes. All quizzes will have a 75-minute time limit. (CLOs A, B, C, D, & E,).