Dec 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog
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CAS 243 - Substance Abuse Counseling I

Formerly: HS 210 and HS 250

Credit(s): 3

Prerequisite(s): CAS 242  or instructor’s consent.
This course provides students specific knowledge regarding the theories, research, and evidenced-based literature in addiction counseling services. Students will learn the overall scope of the problems of addictions, professional characteristics and principles of addiction counselors, and the ethical and legal responsibilities of professional behavior. In addition, this course facilitates development of addiction counseling skills and competencies, including case management, interviewing, and crisis intervention. (Fall Semester)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Understand the incidence and prevalence of addictive disorders in Montana, the  diverse demographic characteristics of persons admitted to state-funded treatment centers, and trend data regarding specific drugs of abuse in Montana.
  • Understand the ethical and legal requirements based upon the NAADAC Code of Ethics, Montana statues that govern professional conduct for LAC counselors, federal laws on Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records 42 C.F.R.Part 2, and laws governing mandated reporting.
  • Develop a therapeutic relationship.
  • Apply evidence-based addiction counseling methodologies, case management, and transtheoretical models of change.
  • Perform the basic skills of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
  • Practice Motivational Interviewing and other appropriate interviewing techniques.
  • Understand how multicultural competency applies to these skills.

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