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Counseling Course Descriptions

The following courses are necessary to compete certifications for either the Certified Alcohol / Drug Counselor or the Idaho Student in Addictions Studies program. All courses have a prerequisite of PSYC 101, in addition to any prerequisites listed below.


PSYC J470/J570 | Introduction to Chemical Addictions (3 credits)

Understanding how individuals develop an addiction to psychoactive chemicals and how they recover from such and addiction; recognition, assessment and treatment of various chemical addictions and how to do interventions for addicted individuals and their families; topics include drugs of abuse, symptoms and warning signs of chemical addiction, assessment, codependency, interventions, treatment and recovery. Additional projects and assignments required for grad credit.

PSYC J472/J572 | Introduction to Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs (3 credits)

Overview of neural mechanisms, behavioral responses and addictive aspects of psychoactive drugs. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit. Although it is not required, it is recommended that students complete a basic biology course before taking this course.

PSYC J473/J573 | Blood and Airborne Pathogens: HIV/STDs/Hepatitis/TB (3 credits)

Overview of HIV/AIDS, TB and other STDs; preparing counselors to work with clients to prevent these diseases or counsel clients who have acquired these diseases; making counselors examine issues related to human sexuality and biases about sexually related topics. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

PSYC J474/J574 | Record Keeping & Case Management in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 credits)

Exploration and examination of the sequence of events and services that clients encounter as they begin and move through the treatment process in a typical addictions treatment setting, as outlined in the Twelve Core Functions and Global Criteria of the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC); study of the Twelve Core Functions and the Addiction Counseling Competencies relevant to each area. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

PSYC J475/J581 | Professional Ethics in Addictions Counseling (3 credits)

Overview of ethical issues and decision making related to addictions counseling; ethics related to harm reduction models and other issues. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

PSYC J476/J576 | Relapse Prevention in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 credits)

Overview of addictions relapse, issues and triggers related to relapse, prevention of relapse and issues related to addictions relapse in general. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

PSYC J477/J577 | Chemical Dependency and the Family (3 credits)

Overview of how chemical dependence impacts the family unit; intervention to assist the family. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

PSYC J478/J578 | Individual Therapy Techniques in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 credits)

Techniques related to counseling individual chemical addictions clients; helping skills such as active listening, problem solving, paraphrasing, numerous role plays and other practicum exercises. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

PSYC J479/J579 | Group Therapy Techniques in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 credits)

Theoretical and practical understanding of the group therapy process with individuals from chemical addictions counseling; information about group therapy with actual experience of being part of a group. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

PSYC J482/J582 | Addictions Screening and Assessment (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of substance abuse screening and assessment. This includes information related to interviewing techniques, substance abuse diagnosis, testing instruments and issues or problems that influence the assessment environment. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

  • Prerequirement for 482: PSYC 478
  • Prerequirement for 582: PSYC 578

Psychology & Communication Studies

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Phone: (208) 885-6324

Fax: (208) 885-7710

Email: psyc-comm@uidaho.edu

Web: Psychology and Communication Studies Department

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