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Substance Abuse Counseling Assistant

SA 101 Introduction to Substance Abuse/4 (30-30)
This course will examine the three major theories that explain the causes of substance abuse: the biological, psychological, and sociological. The course also introduces the 12 Core Functions of chemical dependency counseling.

SA 110 Physiology of Substance Abuse/4 (30-30)
A survey of drug classifications and medical complications of their use, and the basic mechanisms of drug absorption, metabolism, distribution, and elimination. Mechanisms of tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal are emphasized. Also covered is an overview of brain systems involved in drug use, abuse, and dependence. 

SA 120 Laws & Ethics of Counseling/4 (30-30)
Gives students the basis for formulating ethical decisions within the broad limits of professional codes and diverse theoretical positions in order to further the best interests of their clients. Introduces students to the current statutes and regulations that govern the professional practice of substance abuse counseling. 

SA 130 Case Management/4 (30-30)
The 12 Core Functions related to the assessment and management of client progress while in chemical dependency treatments are covered. Students learn skills related to intake assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and developing effective referrals, and concepts related to education, special populations, prevention, and community outreach.

SA 201 Individual Counseling & Theories/4 (30-30)
Focus on the major theories and techniques of substance abuse counseling. Emphasis will be on strategies related to assisting clients in accepting the diagnosis of substance abuse and the early stages of recovery. Attention is given to the role of the counselor as part of the total spectrum of human services.

SA 210 Prevention Program Management/4 (30-30)
This course provides relevant information on preventing or reducing substance-abusing behavior. Students will gain an understanding of how prevention programs are designed, implemented, and managed.

SA 220 Group & Family Counseling/4 (30-30)
This course examines group counseling and family systems theories related to working with substance abuse clients and their families. Students will learn the application of these theories through the use of case studies.

SA 230 Adolescence & Addiction/4 (30-30)
Examines addiction, substance use and abuse from the adolescent point of view. Includes assessment and treatment planning appropriate to this population and considers ethical and legal ramifications.

SA 240 Community Mental Health/4 (30-30)
This course provides an introduction to community mental health within the framework of mental health and addiction services. Current legislation, trends, and issues impacting mental health services are examined.

SA 250 Abnormal Behavior/4 (30-30)
This course surveys a variety of psychological disorders ranging from anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. Approaches to treating the disorders are also covered with emphasis on the psychotherapies and associated behavioral techniques.