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Revision Date: 07-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | PSY-1130-VO02 - Introduction to Substance Use Disorders

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 11 (as of 07-13-24 2:05 PM)
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Kevin Warwick
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kate Hughes

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the causes, symptoms, and stages of substance use disorders. Topics include factors which lead to substance use and abuse, signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction, stages of chemical dependency, and career opportunities for those interested in substance use disorder counseling and treatment. This course includes six hours of relevant ethics training.

Essential Objectives

1. List commonly abused substances and describe their effects on the body, the brain, and behavior.
2. Compare the various models and theories of addiction.
3. Identify physical symptoms and behavioral signs of substance abuse and identify the stages of dependency.
4. Describe psychological, sociological, physiological, and cultural features that function as risk and protective factors in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.
5. Identify and describe modalities and resources used in the treatment of substance use disorders.
6. Understand the process of recovery from substance use disorders.
7. Identify career opportunities in substance use disorder counseling and treatment professions and formulate a plan which addresses educational, certification, and licensure requirements for a chosen career.
8. Understand ethical standards guiding professional conduct with clients in the context of HIPAA and the Code of Federal Regulations Title 42, Part 2.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

PSY-1130-VO02 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


  • large group discussions
  • interactive activities
  • multimedia presentations and resources
  • readings, writing, and inquiry-based research

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


First Contact

First Hours of Treatment

What is Addiction


Textbook and Video


Discussion Questions and Student Interaction



Biopsychsocial Interview

Treatment Plan

Substance Use Treatment





Discussion Questions and Student Interaction



Individual Treatment

Group Therapy

Risk Factors for Drug Use and Abuse





Discussion Questions and Student Interaction



Drugs of Abuse

Medicated Assisted Treatment

Medicated Assisted Treatment and Common Misconceptions






Group Discussion and Student Interaction



Recovery Skills

Self Help / Steps

Evidence Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorder





Discussion Questions and Group Interaction




Why Is Addiction a Disease

Reaction Paper





Discussion Questions and Student Interaction

Informal Writing Assignment / Reaction and Reflection



Research a Substance of Interest




Formal and informal writing assignments



Special Problems

Gender Specific Populations

Gender Responsive Treatment Approaches for Adult Women Throughout the Continuum of Care






Discussion Questions and Student Interaction



Adolescent Treatment

The Family Program

Wasted: Exposing the Family Effects of Addiction

Why is Family Treatment So Important in Adult Treatment





Discussion Questions and Student Interaction



The Clinical Staff

Discharge and Continuing Care




Discussion Questions and Student Interaction



The Good Counselor




Discussion Questions and Student Interactions



Co-Occurring Disorders




Discussion Questions and Student Interaction



Finding Treatment

Reaction Paper


Self based research


Informal writing assignments



Research Assignment – Area of Interest Related to Substance Use


Research based


Formal and informal writing assignments



Final Exam


Student choice


Essay / final exam


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Weekly participation in class is required as detailed with each assignment

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late assignments are not accepted

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.