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Addiction Counseling Concentration

Rehabilitation & Disability Studies Major: Addiction Counseling Concentration

The Rehabilitation & Disability Studies program offers students a comprehensive yet practical foundation of principles, strategies, and experiences to facilitate employability in the broad fields of rehabilitation and human services. This concentration allows you to specialize your studies to areas of addiction counseling.

The RDS bachelor's degree has two concentrations to select from, each of which requires 44 semester hours for the major.

Students generally begin the program at the beginning of the second semester of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. The program of study concludes with an internship the last semester.

Program of Study + Course Descriptions

RE 346 Psychopharmacology (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 focused on include: mental retardation, learning disabilities, and selected psychological disorders such as personality disorders, affective disorders, psychotic disorders, and drug abuse.

RE 412 Substance Abuse in Counseling (3 hrs)

This course provides a theoretical and practical orientation to a broad range of topics in substance abuse counseling, including: etiological theories; substances of abuse; assessment and diagnosis; treatment planning; ethical and legal issues; individual, group, and family modalities; the continuum of care; and clinical considerations for special populations and diverse cultures. Special focus will be on predominant approaches including Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change model.

RE 636 Introduction to Group Procedures (3 hrs)

This course provides an introduction to group counseling theory, practice, and skill development. It is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop basic skills in identifying need, structuring various groups, and facilitating group participation. The course is a blend of didactic presentation, class discussion, small group activity, and total class group facilitation. Students will be encouraged to explore personal barriers to facilitation and given the opportunity to realize the potential of providing educational and self-growth experiences for persons who have a disability. 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. In addition, each student will identify a topic they will hold responsibility for facilitating the entire class in a discussion toward greater self-realization.

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 683 Family Issues and 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.

Students must complete the above courses along with RDS electives (with advisor approval) 6 hrs

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