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LAC Credential

Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) Credential

Graduates of the Rehabilitation & Disability Studies program can be eligible for the Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) credential in the state of Kansas. Students are required to complete the following elective courses in addition to their primary rehabilitation services education program of study to be eligible for this credential. These courses are all within a student's undergraduate education, and do not add to the overall credits required for a bachelor's degree.

Students majoring in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies wishing to qualify for the LAC credential must pass all of the following courses with a grade no lower than a C. In addition, students seeking this credential must complete a minimum of six credit hours (400 clock hours) of internship at a substance abuse agency under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor.

Contact the Department of Counselor Education with any question, at 620-341-5220.

Coursework

CE 670 Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Counseling (3 hrs)

This course will introduce the student to the different theories of addiction: (1) biological, (2) psycho-dynamic, (3) social learning, (4) systems, (5) sociocultural, (6) spiritual, and their implications for counseling. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the cultural variables that influence alcohol and substance use across the various microcultures. The phenomena of dual diagnosis (alcohol and substance abuse coexist with another disabling condition) will be explored. Culturally relevant counseling and rehabilitation strategies will be explored.

RE 510 Applied Counseling Skills Development (3 hrs)

Emphasis will be placed on understanding the cognitive and affective elements necessary to establish professional helping relationships with clients. Role-playing and videotape recordings will be an integral part of the instructional process. The theoretical concepts of interviewing as well as the practical aspects in establishing professional helping relationships between the human services worker and the client will be examined.

RE 636 Introduction to Group Procedures (3 hrs)

The focus of this course is to provide an opportunity for the further development of interpersonal skills and personal growth through exposure and participation in group guidance activities. The majority of class time will be spent providing students with the opportunity to realize the potential of providing educational and self-growth experiences for persons who have a disability. Scholarly materials will be presented to acquaint the student with the various theoretical approaches and uses of group work. A great deal of time will also be spent in the application of this knowledge in a group experience. An expectation of this course will be for each student to identify, research, prepare, and present a paper on a topic or theory related to group work. The paper/presentation must address the issue of how techniques/theory etc., can be applied to meet the needs of persons having disabilities.

RE 346 Psychopharmacology I (3 hrs)

This is an introductory course to psychopharmacology for non-medical, helping professionals. Emphasis is placed on the basic principles of pharmacology, the effects of drugs on the human central and peripheral nervous systems and particularly psychoactive drug effects on human cognitive, behavioral and affective domains. It will provide an overview of pharmacological classification systems and various interventions frequently utilized. Students will become familiar with pharmacological lexicon and the benefits/consequences and side effects of drug use and abuse. The implications for rehabilitation services and counseling will be examined.

RE 392 Survey of Mental / Psychological Disabilities (3 hrs)

This course focuses on the nature and types of mental disabilities commonly encountered by rehabilitation professionals. Specific disabilities to be focuses on include: mental retardation, learning disabilities, and selected psychological disorders such as personality disorders, affective disorders, psychotic disorders, and drug abuse.

RE 641 Case Management in Rehabilitation (3 hrs)

(Prerequisites, RE 290, RE 291, and RE 392.) Designed to provide the student with an understanding in depth of the principles and techniques involved in casework procedures in social and rehabilitation service agencies. The student will learn the essential content of the client study process and techniques in plan formulation and implementation.

RE 305 Ethics in Human Services (3 hrs)

This course will examine codes of ethics, professional behavior, ethical issues, and legal and liability concerns facing practitioners working in the rehabilitation field. It will expose students to the implications of unethical behavior and the challenges practitioners must address in their employment.

RE 683 Family Issues & Advocacy (3 hrs)

This course will examine some of the principles and theories that influence family services, and the roles and factors that significant others play in supporting rehabilitation services to individuals. It will emphasize a holistic view of the family, disability, and rehabilitation services to individuals. Issues that impact personal adjustment and rehabilitation goal attainment will be explored as well as the meaning of "family" in today's society. Legislation and agency policy will be explored to understand the economic implications to families with members who have disabilities.

RE 699 Internship in Rehabilitation Services (6 hrs)

(Prerequisite, permission required.) The opportunity for supervised application of theory to practice in a rehabilitation setting under direct supervision of qualified persons in the host agency and the university faculty.

Choose one of these three courses:

PY 300 Descriptive Research Methods (3 hrs)

(Prerequisite, PY 100. This course is a prerequisite for Experimental Research and Statistics in Psychology.) This course will introduce you to the scientific methodology used in the diverse yet related areas of psychology. Topics include descriptive research methods, sources of extraneous variation, internal and external validity, and descriptive statistical analyses, including measures of central tendency and variation, correlation, and simple regression. Coursework emphasizes critiquing scientific journal articles and developing individual research proposals. Research designs and methodologies are demonstrated in the laboratory with students performing statistical analysis of the collected data. This course should enable you to betterunderstand and appreciate the necessity and difficulty of systematically studying behavior and mental processes, and prepare you for intelligently scrutinizing explanations of behavior provided by psychologists, friends, the media and others.

PY 301 Experimental Research Methods (3 hrs)

(Prerequisites, PY 100 and PY 300.) This course will introduce you to the scientific methodology used in the diverse yet related areas of psychology. Topics include experimental design, sources of extraneous variation, internal and external validity, and statistical analyses. Coursework emphasizes critiquing scientific journal articles and completing an individual research project. Research designs and methodologies are demonstrated in the laboratory with students performing statistical analysis of the collected data. This course should enable you to better understand and appreciate the necessity and difficulty of systematically studying behavior and mental processes, and prepare you for intelligently scrutinizing explanations of behavior provided by psychologists, friends, the media, and others.

SO 450 Research Methods (3 hrs)

(Prerequisite, Junior status.) A study of the basic scientific methods in sociological research and to provide selected experience in research design, questionnaire construction, statistics, case analysis, sampling, graphic presentation, and interviewing.

Total = 33 hrs