Chemical Dependency is a course that presents an overview of the concepts associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Topics in the course are the various perspectives on treatment and prevention options; each topic is evaluated through a biblical worldview.
This course offers the student a broad overview of the concepts of chemical dependency. The student will be presented with foundational knowledge and perspectives of alcohol and other drugs. Social workers and other helping professionals interact with people impacted by drug misuse on a regular basis. This course will aid the student in understanding substance abuse, family systems, and the variables that impact the effectiveness of intervention.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
A. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice (CSWE Competency 2)
- Apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies
B. Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice (CSWE Competency 4)
- Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy and service delivery
C. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities (CSWE Competency 7)
- Select appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research knowledge, values and preferences of clients and constituencies.
D. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities (CSWE
- Critically choose and implement interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies.
E. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities (CSWE
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and social environment, person in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes.
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. The threads must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.
The student will read the section “The four major perspectives on alcohol/drug abuse” and answer one question/prompt from any one of the sub-sections (Moral-Legal Perspective; Medical-Public Health Perspective; or Psychosocial Perspective). This assignment assesses Competency 9-Evaluation (knowledge).
The student will write a 3–5-page paper in current APA format regarding his or her experience in attending a 12-step program. The paper must include a title page and a reference page with at least 3 professional resources that have been published within the past 5 years and must be in current APA format. This assignment assesses Competency 2-Diversity (knowledge & values) and Competency 7-Assessment (knowledge, cognitive and affective processes).
The student will complete a two week daily log covering the Biological, Psychological, Social and Spiritual aspects of abstaining from their chosen option. The weekly journal assignment assesses Competency 7-Assessment (knowledge, cognitive and affective processes).
The student will write a minimum 3–5-page paper in current APA format on his or her experience in keeping a dependency journal. The paper must include a title page and a reference page with at least 3 professional resources in current APA format. The dependency paper assignment assesses Competency 7-Assessment (knowledge, cognitive and affective processes).
Each exam will cover the Learn material for the module: week in which it is assigned, along with the Learn material from the preceding module: week. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 15 minutes. These exams assess Competency 2-Diversity (knowledge & values), Competency 4-Practice-Informed Research & Research-Informed Practice (knowledge), Competency 7-Assessment (knowledge), Competency 8-Intervention (knowledge & cognitive process) & Competency 9-Evaluation (knowledge).