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SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORKSOW 6114—ADDICTION TREATMENTSPRING SEMESTER 2008CATALOG DESCRIPTIONCOURSE DESCRIPTIONCOURSE OBJECTIVESEDUCATIONAL OUTCOMESGrading PolicyCLASS POLICIESMcNeece and DiNitto: Ethnicity, culture, and substance use disorders.SOW 6114—Summer, 2008, p. 1 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ROGER STEMPEL SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK SOW 6114—ADDICTION TREATMENT SPRING SEMESTER 2008 Professor: Eric F. Wagner, Ph.D. Office: University Park, C-BIRG, MARC 310 Telephone: 305-348-5612 Fax: 305-348-5801 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: By appointment; e-mail queries encouraged Classroom: GC 288 Class times: Monday, 7:50 pm to 10:30 pm CATALOG DESCRIPTION Course provides increased understanding of treatment for addictive disorders including assessment, therapeutic techniques and supportive aftercare as well as community consultation and referral skills. Prerequisite: SOW 5710 – Current Issues in Addiction Practice COURSE DESCRIPTION The course is designed to increase students’ understanding of treatment for addictive disorders and how it relates to social work. Assessment, therapeutic technique and supportive aftercare are covered. Community consultation and referral skills are also emphasized. COURSE OBJECTIVES By means of lectures, readings, classroom discussions, examinations, and other assignments, this course aims to help students to: 1. describe the research related to treatment effectiveness in the addiction field 2. discuss the influence of social systems in the acquisition, maintenance, and recovery of additive behaviors 3. choose psychometrically sound instruments for the assessment of addiction 4. analyze key therapeutic approaches for addiction and discuss how these apply to clients from diverse, vulnerable, and at-risk subpopulation groups 5. select the appropriate assessment, modality, level of care and intervention for addiction treatment, based upon problem severity, clients strengths, deficits, and environmental resources 6. evaluate the availability of appropriate social support for clients, prior to, during, and after an intervention EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES Through examinations and other assignments, students are expected to demonstrate: 1. An ability to describe the underlying assumptions, major tenets, and practical implications of key theories of substance abuse treatment, and to critically assess their successes 2. An ability to integrate knowledge from biological, psychological, and sociological research to effectively implement substance abuse treatment policies and practices. 3. Some knowledge of current substance abuse treatment policies and practices, as well as some ability to critically evaluate the use and limitations of these approaches to the treatment of addiction. REQUIRED TEXTS DiClemente, C.C. (2006). Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover. New York Guilford Press. ISBN-10: 1593853440, ISBN-13: 978-1593853440SOW 6114—Summer 2008, p. 2 SUGGESTED TEXTS • Miller, W.R., & Rollnick, S. (2002). Motivational interviewing: Preparing people for change (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press. • DM Donovan & G.A. Marlatt (Eds.) (2005). Assessment of Addictive Behaviors (Second Edition). New York: The Guilford Press. ISBN: 1-59385-175-8 • M. Galanter (ed.) (2006). Alcohol Problems in Adolescents and Young Adults. New York: Springer. OTHER INFORMATION SOURCES • National Insitute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Social Work Curriculum on Alcohol Use Disorders • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration (SAMHSA) Drug INSTRUCTIONAL FORMAT Class Format and Topics: The class format will be a mix of lecture, group discussion, videos, demonstrations, and student participation. Grading Criteria: Two-page Paper (why?) 10% Two-page Paper (12-step) 10% Paper on Comorbidity 30% Mid-term Examination 25% Final Examination 25% TOTAL GRADE 100% Grading Policy FIU operates on an A-F grading system. This is a graduate course and a required course for the Addiction Certificate; a grade below B is a failing grade. Letter grades are assigned based on the following percentages (FIU Grade Points in parentheses): A 93-100 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 64-66 A- 90-92 B- 80-82 C- 70-72 D- 60-63 B+ 87-89 C+ 79-77 D+ 67-69 F 59 and below SUGGESTIONS FOR PERFORMING WELL IN THIS COURSE This course requires students to keep up with the assigned material. To perform well in this course, students are advised to follow these suggestions: • Read each assigned reading once before class. Write down any questions you have about it and bring them up for discussion during class. • Read each assigned reading once after class, and write a 2-paragraph summary of the key points. This summary will help you greatly when you are studying for the exam. • Take notes during class, and re-write your notes after class. Bring up any unclear points for discussion at the very start of the next class. CLASS POLICIES • Students are expected to attend classes on time, to participate in class discussions, and to share information from readings and from personal and field experiences. • More than two absences will seriously influence your grade in this course. Legitimate absences require legitimate documentation. • Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date specified in the course outline. No extensions are permitted except for legitimate reasons legitimately documented. Incomplete grades can only be given because of serious interruptions not caused by the student’s negligence. Other restrictions apply in order to obtain an incomplete grade. • Please speak with the instructor or contact him by telephone or e-mail as soon as possible to discuss any concerns about the course or your performance in it.SOW 6114—Summer 2008, p. 3 • Cheating or plagiarism is considered a serious offense, and will result in failure of the assignment and disciplinary action. Students should review the FIU Student Handbook for policies regarding academic or other misconduct. • Student are expected to respect colleagues while also challenging each other to explore new ways of thinking about the prevention of substance use and abuse and the role of social workers in prevention policies, practices, and research. One important

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