HSCD 304

Substance Use and Native Americans

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 16, 2015 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course provides a basic understanding of the unique cultural, historic and legal status of the American Indian. Topics covered include; population demographics; the shifting public policies toward American Indians; the historic rise of chemical dependency among American Indians bio-psycho-social and economic needs and resources of the American Indian. This course focuses on culture, history and related chemical dependency issues from the American Indian perspective.

Learning outcomes


  • How the student must demonstrate sensitivity for the client's healthy, culturally appropriate lifestyle.
  • Integrating self-evaluation into personal and professional development.
  • Knowledge of cross-cultural practice and cultural competence in working with American Indian individuals, families and their tribes.
  • The acquisition and broadened understanding of the American Indian's special status in relationship to Federal, State and County governments and the interface of these governments with American Indian Tribal Governments.
  • The changes that alcohol and drugs have caused in the traditional Native American cultures.
  • The development of United States policy in regard to Native Americans and how this has influenced Native Americans.
  • The functioning of traditional Native American cultures before the arrival of alcohol and drugs. 3. The changes that alcohol
  • The history of the Native American experience in the United States and its effects on the influence of alcohol and drug use among Native Americans.
  • The practical application of traditional Native American spiritual and cultural living to clients.
  • The progression of social scientific thought and its influence on Native Americans as it relates to alcohol and drugs.
  • The students' awareness and ability to identify the dynamics of an alcohol and drug subculture, as opposed to traditional Native American practices.
  • The student's knowledge of cultural practices that will recreate a supportive, alcohol-free environment.