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Psychology & Communications Studies

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McClure Hall 403B
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
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875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

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Counseling Course Descriptions

The following courses are necessary to compete certifications for either the Certified Alcohol / Drug Counselor (CADC) or the Idaho Student in Addictions Studies (ISAS) program. They are listed in the order offered by the University of Idaho. 



Psyc J470/J570  Introduction to Chemical Addictions (3 cr).
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/assignments required for grad credit.

Psyc J471/J571  Theories of Chemical Addictions (3 cr).  Prerequisites: Psyc 101
Comprehensive overview of all chemical addictions theories and related implications for diagnosis and treatment. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. 

J472/J572 | Introduction to Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs (3 cr.)
This course is designed to provide you with an overview of the pharmacology related to various psychoactive drugs. Generally, the course will cover biological aspects of the body and how various compounds impact the body. Although some social aspects of various drugs will be covered, the majority of the course focus is on neurological and biological aspects. Although it is not required, it is recommended that students complete a basic biology course before taking this course.

Psyc J473/J573  HIV/AIDS/TB/STDs (2 cr).
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/assignments required for graduate credit.

Psyc J474/J574  Record Keeping & Case Management in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 cr).
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/assignments required for graduate credit.

Psychology 475/575 - Professional Ethics in Addictions Counseling (3 cr.)
Overview of ethical issues and decision making related to addictions counseling; ethics related to harm reduction models and other issues. Topics will include the counselor as a professional, values and helping relationship, client rights and counselor responsibilities, ethics and cultural sensitivity, plus professional competency training. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

Psyc J476/J576  Relapse Prevention in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 cr).
Overview of addictions relapse, issues and triggers related to relapse, prevention of relapse, and issues related to addictions relapse in general. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

Psyc J477/J577  Chemical Dependency and the Family (3 cr).
Overview of how chemical dependence impacts the family unit; intervention to assist the family. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. 

Psyc J478/J578  Individual Therapy Techniques in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 cr).
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/assignments required for graduate credit. 

Psyc J479/J579  Group Therapy Techniques in Chemical Addictions Counseling (3 cr).
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/assignments required for graduate credit.

Psyc J480/J580  Client Centered Counseling for Behavior Change (3 cr).
Techniques related to counseling individuals who engage in high-risk behaviors; primary focus on harm reduction models and how to reduce high-risk behaviors. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. 

Psyc J482/J582  Addictions Screening and Assessment (3 cr).
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/assignments required for graduate credit.