Catalog 2016-2017 
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SHSV 212 Introduction to Chemical Dependency

5 credits
The student will examine the effects of psychoactive drugs, theories of addiction, and major classes of drugs. The student will learn to effectively address chemical dependency issues in the social service environment.

Prerequisites: ABED 040  (or placement into MATH 087  or higher) and ABED 046  (or placement into ENGL 093  or higher) or instructor permission

Quarters Offered: Winter

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Define psychoactive drugs and chemical dependency
  • Explain the physiological and psychological effects of psychoactive drugs
  • Analyze chemical dependency risk factors within diverse population groups
  • Identify protective factors that reduce the risk for drug abuse
  • Analyze major theories of addiction
  • Explain major classifications of drugs including depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens , and the acute and chronic effects of a variety of drugs in each class
  • Evaluate the dynamics of drug interactions
  • Apply diagnostic criteria for chemical dependency
  • Compare and contrast the various forms of treatments for chemical dependency
  • Apply research to maintain currency in legal and ethical issues applicable to chemical dependency prevention, intervention, and treatment