Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

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CAS 140 - Addiction and Diversity

Credit(s): 2

Addiction affects all members of society, and the substance abuse counselor must be knowledgeable of differing cultural and ethnic needs where they are practicing. This course builds a solid foundation of multicultural competencies, understanding how working with clients and peers from diverse backgrounds and those with experiences, beliefs, and preferences which differ from our own can greatly enhance effective practice in the field of addiction treatment. (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Identify the social, political, cultural, and environmental influence on the use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances in distinct populations.
  • Define the specific core issues, challenges, and factors associated with each group.
  • Understand the myths, stereotypes, and stigma associated with each group and its implications for the recovery process and culturally sensitive interventions.
  • Discuss issues sometimes noted as ‘resistance to treatment’ in a manner that demonstrates cultural awareness (i.e., verbal and nonverbal behaviors, barriers to treatment, etc.).
  • Identify their own culture and values, and assess how one’s own identity contrasts and interacts with those different from oneself.
  • Understand the process of becoming culturally competent and identify areas of needed personal growth.
  • Discuss appropriate social intervention strategies that are evidence based and culturally relevant for each group studied.

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