HSCD 303

Cultural Considerations for Alcohol and Drug Counseling

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 5, 2015 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course is designed to help students understand the cultural dynamics of chemical dependency counseling for diverse groups. It explores the relationship between cultural identity and the knowledge, and skills for addressing counseling issues for each cultural group. It also provides students with information on the history, cultural uniqueness, and counseling issues for the following cultural groups: African-Americans, Latin Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, European Americans, Gay Lesbian Bi-Sexual and Transgender, Woman and Feminism, and Men.

Special information

Note: Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory unless approved beforehand by the instructor.

Learning outcomes


  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed for applying chemical dependency counseling to diverse cultural groups as demonstrated by class assignments in assessing cultural group counseling needs.
  • Develop an understanding of the interrelatedness of a person's culture and substance abuse as demonstrated by class discussions and writing assignments.