This course provides an advanced survey of the history of the alcohol and drug counseling discipline, the foundations of the practice of alcohol and drug counseling, and current evidence-based practices that are informing practice and improving outcomes. Students review the historical, social, cultural, theoretical and epidemiological foundations of alcohol and drug counseling; utilize this foundation to explore the scientific research that underpins theories of addiction; explore and critique evidence-based practices and interventions that produce positive behavior change those receiving alcohol and drug counseling services; and discuss the future of the profession.
- Review the historical, social, cultural, theoretical and epidemiological foundations of alcohol and drug counseling to understand how they have influenced current practice.
- Explore the scientific research underpinning theories of addiction and critically assess these theories and their foundations.
- Research and critique evidence-based practices and interventions designed to produce positive behavior change for those receiving alcohol and drug counseling services.
- Determine how this study will inform practice and professionalism in the future.