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1 Program of Study: Bachelor of Science in with an Emphasis in Addiction, Dependency, and Substance Abuse Program Description The Bachelor of Science in with an Emphasis in Addiction, Dependency, and Substance Abuse is designed to train practitioners in the field of addiction counseling, chemical dependency, and substance abuse treatment. The coursework focuses on the nature of psychopathological conditions and their impact on the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual nature of the human being. Core courses include study of the psychopathological behavior s impact on the individual, family, and society; screening and assessment methods at the beginning of treatment; and case management during the treatment phases. skills courses and a fieldwork/practicum course complete the focused coursework list. Completion of this program may qualify graduates to meet the standards for state, national, and international certification for professional prevention specialists and treatment counselors/providers. Participants should contact the appropriate certifying body to ensure that courses meet certification requirements. General Education: Competency Requirements Credits University Foundations Effective Communication Christian Worldview Critical Thinking Graduates of Grand Canyon University will complete one of the following UNV Foundational courses: UNV 103 for students entering with under 2 credit hours or UNV 303 for students transferring 2 or more credit hours. Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition. Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV 101. Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of college-level mathematics of 5

2 Global Awareness, Perspectives, and Ethics Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). 6-8 Total General Education Credits: 3-0 : Addiction, Dependency, and Substance Abuse Major: Course PSY 102 General Psychology This course is a foundational study in the science of behavior, including an overview of the history of psychology and discussion of the brain, motivation, emotion, sensory functions, perception, intelligence, gender and sexuality, social psychology, human development, learning psychopathology, and therapy. PSY 70 HLT 205 Abnormal Psychology Systems and Transcultural This course is designed to help students recognize and understand mental illness through a better awareness of the emotional, functional, and physiological factors influencing mental health. This is a foundation course in the science of behavior and includes a study of the origin and development of abnormal behavior patterns and disorders. This course includes the symptoms, diagnoses, etiology, epidemiology, and treatment of various psychological disorders and syndromes. Prerequisite: PSY 102. This course introduces the student to the complex organizational dynamics and structures that dictate the interaction among major components of the U.S. health care system along with the cultural beliefs and values, social factors, science and technology, economic forces, and political factors that have shaped the health care delivery system. This course also considers the ever growing global and diverse perspective of health care and introduces students to a multicultural perspective as it relates to developing professional competence in caring for individuals, families, groups, and communities with diverse cultural backgrounds. Culture is examined as a pervasive, determining blueprint for thought and action throughout the human health experience. Students will develop a vocabulary for understanding diversity as a concept that includes many different types of racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic categories. Patterns of human interaction that foster health and quality of life are analyzed, and healthdestroying patterns of interaction (e.g., stereotyping, discrimination, and marginalization) are examined and submitted to moral and ethical reflection. HCA 255 Health Policy and Economic Analysis Throughout the course, students are exposed to real-life scenarios dealing with the various competing goals, priorities, and perspectives of the many participants in the health care arena, including financing entities, regulators, health care professionals, and patients, thereby developing the critical thinking skills needed to discuss and shape organizational policy related to systematic processes around health care delivery to a culturally diverse population. Through the application of basic economic principles, this course examines the impact of government, private sector, and special interest groups on the determination of health care policy. Prerequisite: HLT of 5

3 Course HCA 20 PCN 303 HLT 302 PCN 306 PCN 308 PCN 309 Accounting and Billing Professional Readiness: Legal, Ethical, Personal, and Professional Responsibilities in Spirituality and Christian Values in and Wellness Culture and Diversity in Service and Practice Group and Community Education Case Management and Interventions in This course introduces students to the management and analysis of financial information in health care environments, as well as the fundamental principles of finance, accounting, and budgeting. It includes an overview of revenue sources for various health care entities and the Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) system of service classification that is used to determine payment for providers and organizations. Students are also introduced to the fundamentals of strategic planning, cost concepts, and capital budgeting, and analyze issues surrounding the development and management of budgets. This course investigates legal practice and regulations, ethical reasoning, and ethical frameworks as they are applied to the professional practice of counseling. An awareness of one s own values and performance measures related to counseling standards, professional development, personal wellbeing, professional practice, educational advancement, and professional codes of ethics is explored. This course explores the concepts of spirituality and Christian values as they relate to the role of the hospital or health care facility, the health care provider, and the patient. Since illness and stress can amplify spiritual concerns and needs, health care professionals are in a unique position to assist the patient/client in meeting those needs. Students explore and document the spiritual components of health care and wellness that permeate both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible as a foundation of understanding pain, suffering, health care, and wellness. From this foundation, students evaluate and reflect upon concepts such as a healing hospital/health care facility, the caregiver s role in giving care, the caregiver s need to care for self, dealing with grief, the role of prayer in health care, and the spiritual needs of patients and families dealing with chronic and acute illnesses. This course examines the impact of cultural diversity on counseling, encourages the acknowledgement of diverse biases and beliefs, and provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate an appreciation of the contributions of diverse populations. Special attention is given to the treatment of diverse populations, including the poor, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, the traumatized or abused, the elderly, and persons with HIV/AIDS. This course is an introduction to the theory and dynamics of group interaction, including psycho-educational, support, and therapeutic context. The various stages and processes of group development are studied using both a conceptual and experimental approach. The course is intended to assist persons who will function as leaders in a variety of small group situations. Support and self-help groups are covered along with the ethical issues unique to group settings. This course presents models and theories of case management, intake assessment, service planning and coordination, monitoring, documentation and use of technology, and termination of services. A continuum of interventions (i.e., prevention, treatment, maintenance, and aftercare) is addressed within the context of a spectrum of service settings and ethical and culturally appropriate responses. The course also presents a comprehensive introduction to crisis intervention. Models for assessing and responding to crises are presented. Topics such as medical and psychological traumas, posttraumatic stress disorder, and professional burnout are part of the curriculum. Special emphasis is given to disaster psychology, natural disasters, terrorism, school violence, and suicidology. 3 of 5

4 Course PCN 315 PCN 30 PCN 35 PCN 38 PCN 0 PCN 5 Medical and Physiological Aspects of Dependence and Substance Abuse for Counselors Dependency and Substance Abuse: Evaluation, Documentation, and Comprehensive Treatment Planning Dependency and Substance Abuse: Psychopathology and Psychotherapy Models Addiction : Psychopathology, Evaluation,, and Treatment Planning Family Therapy and Education in Addiction, Dependency, and Substance Abuse Psychopathology, Co-Occurring Disorders, and Dual Diagnoses in This course introduces the student to the relative aspects of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and diseases related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. Topics include examination of the major classes of psychoactive drugs, including those commonly subject to abuse, differences between psychoactive and psychotropic drugs, and identification of mental disorders that necessitate the need for psychotropics. The course also covers side effects of psychotropics; the mechanisms of antidepressants, neuroleptics, and antimanic drugs; and the pros and cons of adjunctive psychotherapies, including the addictive properties of some classes of prescribed medications. This course addresses the methodologies associated with comprehensive screening, assessing, and documentation procedures along with the development and implementation of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes any necessary referrals or consultation for individuals with chemical dependency and substance abuse disorders. In addition to the processes described, students develop interpersonal communication skills necessary to address and discuss sensitive and confidential issues with the client, family members, and other service personnel required to fill any service gaps. This course is foundational for the addiction counselor. It provides a comparative examination of the major accepted approaches to alcohol and drug abuse counseling. The course bridges the gap between research and practice incorporating best practices into its curriculum. Case studies and role plays are used to help students develop primary counseling skills. In addition, this course provides foundation and experience specific to treating special populations (e.g., adolescents, GLBT, ethnic classes and diversity groups). The origins and trends of addictive behavior are covered, including substances, gambling, Internet, relationship addiction, and others. Understanding the origins of addictions, treatment options, and barriers to treatment is explored. Students also learn about addiction co-morbidity with mental health issues, as well as addictive patterns in minority and culturally diverse communities. This course provides an overview of the field of family therapy with specific focus on the major models of family intervention, counseling skills and theoretical techniques, and application of counseling principles to the family setting. In addition to the various theories of family structure and process, guiding principles and strategies for assessing are presented, as are other techniques for engaging, connecting with, and educating families. The course introduces the biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural etiological perspectives of psychopathology. Topics range from phobic disorder in children to psychological care for cancer patients to eating disorders in athletes. This course also explores concepts, definitions, and features of co-occurring mental disorders and substance-related disorders and addresses the intake process, diagnosis, counseling, and treatment planning as part of a team providing services to dual-diagnosed clients. PCN 90 Practicum This course provides an opportunity for students to develop their counseling skills and to perform all the activities that a regularly employed professional counselor would be expected to perform in a supervised setting. The practicum involves 150 contact hours performed under the supervision of a faculty member and by an on-site supervisor approved by the college or university. Prerequisite: Completion of all other coursework with a grade of C or better. of 5

5 Total : Addiction, Dependency, and Substance Abuse Major Credits: 68 Total General Education Credits: 3-0 Total Elective Credits: Total Bachelor of Science in : Addiction, Dependency, and Substance Abuse Credits: of 5

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