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PSY-1711-VU02 - ST in PSY: Addiction: An Introduction to Clinical Skills


Synonym: 189238
Location: Winooski
Room: CCV Winooski TBA
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Hybrid Section: This course meets both online and at the site office. See below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times.
Semester Dates: 05-20-2019 to 08-12-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Jennifer Phillips | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Comments: Meets online and in Winooski 4:00pm-7:30pm on the dates: 5/21,6/18,7/16,8/6

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Course Description:

This course provides students with the addiction and substance use disorder education required for the Apprentice Addiction Professional* (AAP) certification through the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation. Students will acquire key introductory clinical skills and knowledge, including screening, assessment and engagement; treatment planning, collaboration and referral; counseling; and professional and ethical responsibilities. * The AAP certification is required by the Vermont Department of Health’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP) for entry level providers in its Preferred Provider Network. The certification exists only in Vermont. To be eligible for the AAP certification, applicants must be employed within a Preferred Provider Network, have or be working toward an associate or bachelor degree, and must meet substance use education, employment and supervision, and minimum age requirements. All 40 hours of the education required for AAP certification must occur within the 5 years preceding completion of all application requirements.

Essential Objectives:

1. Identify physical symptoms and behavioral signs of addiction and substance use disorders and identify the stages of dependency using current screening and assessment tools.
2. Describe theoretical approaches and current models for addiction and substance use disorder treatment planning, collaboration, and referral.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of counseling, including ability to employ effective client engagement strategies.
4. Summarize professional and ethical responsibilities and apply to common clinical situations.
5. Describe HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 and interpret ways that these impact confidentiality in substance use disorder counseling (6 hours).
6. Discuss the prevalence and relationship between co-occurring addiction, substance use, and mental health disorders.
7. Describe the processes for substance use disorder credentialing, including AAP test preparation and certification.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Information about the instructor:

I work as a full-time Counselor for Counseling & Psychiatry Services at the University of Vermont (UVM).I works with students accessing Counseling and Psychiatry Services for the first time and provide urgent support services for students in distress.I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the State of Vermont and I received my Master's Degree in Social Work at UVM and my undergraduate degree in Social Work from UVM, as well. I am also a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in the state of Vermont.

Prior to my work at UVM,I was a Mental Health Counselor and Alcohol & Drug Educator at Champlain College.I also have experience working with adolescents, young adults and families on issues related to mental health and substance abuse in a variety of treatment settings, including Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services, where I previously worked as both a school social worker and a part-time clinician performing mental health and substance abuse assessments.

I have been teaching at CCV since the fall of 2011, primarily at the Winooski location, as well as online. The majority of the courses I teach are within the required courses for the Substance Abuse Certificate Program, however I also have taught Group Process, Introduction to College Studies and a Special Topics Course on Trauma during the summer semesters. In addition to my teaching at CCV, I teach an Addressing Substance Abuse course in the UVM Masters of Social Work Program and have been doing so since 2017.

Methods:

An important feature of this course will be the online discussion forums, which will be the primary way in which we share knowledge, thoughts, perspectives and interactions.

Students are expected to participate in all weekly discussion forums and will be given specific instructions each week on what is expected. Overall, students will be expected to participate by posting,and responding to classmates' posts,in the discussion forums multiple times each week.

Additionally, students are expected to engage in discussion and activities in person, during the weeks that the course will meet at the Winooski CCV location site.

Additional participation in the course will be expected through:

  • Completion of text book and supplemental readings
  • Viewing of videos online through moodle course site
  • Engagement in online small group activities/assignments
  • Participation in weekly in discussion forums
  • Review of additional materials offered throughout the semester from instructor
  • Completion of quizzes, mid-term and final exam

Evaluation Criteria:

LEARNING METHODS, RATIONALE and ASSIGNMENTS

This course will combine various methods of learning including, but not limited to, lectures, class activities, collaborative learning through small and large group discussions, required readings, educational videos, review of case examples and case conceptualization activities, guest and panel speakers, and completion of course assignments with specific focus on area of inquiry.

Table 1. Assignments, Deadlines and Grading

Learning Assessment Assignments

Due Dates

Percent of Total Grade

Participation and collaborative learning (Weekly Discussion Forums)

Ongoing/Weekly

30%

Quizzes

Ongoing

35% (7 quizzes total-each 5%)

Mid-Term Assignment

Week 6

15%

Final Exam

Week 12

20%

TOTAL

100%

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

Textbooks:

Summer 2019 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

PSY-1711-VU02 Textbooks.

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

Contact Faculty:

Email: Jennifer Phillips
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Katherine Maynard

Attendance Policy:

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Students are expected to attend all class sessions.

For ONLINE courses, attendance will be evaluated by participation in weekly discussion forums and adherence to the deadlines assigned by the instructor for discussion forum postings and all other coursework.

Students are expected to adhere to the attendance expectations for both online and in person class sessions.

The course will meet for 3.5 hours at the Winooski CCV location on the following dates from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm:

  • May 21 – first class
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 6 – final class

Syllabus:

WEEKLY TOPICS OUTLINE: PSY-1711 Addiction:An Introduction toClinical Skills (3-Credits)

PSY-1711 Addiction:An Introduction to Clinical Skills (3-Credits)

REQUIRED READINGS

1. Berry, W., & Ramnath, R. (2014). Addiction: a human experience. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Additional required articles will be outlined below and made available to students online or as PDFs during the semester. Additionally, throughout the semester, the instructor may offer additional suggested readings for students to utilize for further learning and exploration of course content.

WEEKLY TOPICS

Week One: The Role of AAPs in Providing Substance Use Disorder and Addiction Treatment in Vermont and Overview of Theories and Models of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

Week one introduces students to the course and begins exploration of the unique role of AAPs in the Vermont System of Care within the Preferred Provider Network. This week assists students with understanding how to best utilize the course for substance use disorder credentialing and AAP test preparation. Week one also provides an overview of theories and models used to understand and guide treatment interventions, specifically highlighting the Chronic Disease Model, Bio-Psycho-Social Model and Familial Models of making sense of addiction and substance use disorders.

Week Two: Signs and Symptoms of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction and Scope of Practice for an AAP in Screening, Intake, Orientation, utilization of ASAM Criteria

Week two offers an overview of the signs and symptoms associated with addiction and substance use disorders, examining physical, mental, emotional, social and professional signs which may present. Week two further provides students with an overview of the role of AAPs within substance use disorder treatment, including assisting with screening, intake and orientation to substance use disorder programs and utilizing the ASAM criteria to determine appropriate level of care with consideration of individual clients’ treatment needs.

Week Three: Stages of Change Model in Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Treatment

Week three examines the Stages of Change Model as it applies to clients’ readiness to change related to substance use and addiction. This week provides an overview of the Stages of Change model and introduces basic motivational interviewing principles and interventions.

Week Four: Scope of Practice/Role of an AAP in and Assessment of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

Week four provides students with an overview of the scope of practice and role of AAPs in assisting with assessment of substance use disorders and understanding underlying contributing factors in the development of substance use disorders (e.g., histories of trauma, abuse, neglect, etc.). Week six also builds upon week two in examining and applying ASAM criteria for determining appropriate level of care with consideration of individual clients’ treatment needs.

Week Five: Scope of Practice & Role of an AAP in Treatment Planning, Consultation, Collaboration, Referrals and Crisis Intervention of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

Week five provides students with an overview of the scope of practice and role of AAPs in assisting with treatment planning, with attention toward collaborating with clients in the development of individualized treatment goals and measurable objectives to address substance use disorders. Week five also examines the scope of practice and role of AAPs in assisting with consultation, collaboration, referrals and crisis intervention of substance use disorders and addiction treatment. This week focuses on understanding the importance of collaborative work with professionals involved in treatment as well as the resources available in the community to address substance use disorders and addiction in both proactive and reactive ways.

Week Six: Commonly Used Counseling Interventions for Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

Week six explores common counseling interventions used within treatment for substance use disorders and addiction, building upon motivational interviewing principles and techniques introduced during week four. Intervention overviews with introductory examinations will include, but are not limited to, prevention programs & models, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, trauma-informed therapy, mindfulness based interventions, group therapy, 12 Step Models and other community based/informal supports.

Week Seven: Role and Education of Client, Family and Loved Ones in Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Treatment

Week seven provides foundational knowledge for AAPs, within their scope of practice, to offer education to clients and families and loved ones supporting clients with substance use disorders. Education topics will include addiction and the implications for relationships and will build upon the information examined during earlier weeks (the theories and models of substance use disorders currently used to understand and guide treatment interventions, and signs and symptoms associated with addiction and substance use disorders).

Week Eight: Professional Ethics and Boundaries of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Treatment

Week eight provides students with foundational knowledge and opportunity to explore the common codes of ethics within associated treatment professions, themes within codes of ethics across various treatment disciplines and ethical dilemmas. Students also identify potential boundary violations that could occur within treatment settings and ways to use proper supervision and collaboration to address any possible concerns.

Week Nine: Understanding and Application of HIPPA and 42 CFR part 2 of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Treatment

Week nine builds upon themes and concepts explored during week eight, addressing ethics and boundaries within providing substance use and addiction treatment, as these specifically apply to HIPPA and 42 CFR part 2. Students examine relevant ethical dilemmas and explore how to best to intervene and seek supportive supervision related to any potential HIPPA and 42 CFR part 2 violations within treatment settings.

Week Ten: Harm Reduction, Abstinence Only and Medication Assisted Treatment Interventions of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

Week ten examines methods of interventions for substance use disorders that have not been traditional approaches for treatment. Students gain further knowledge of these approaches to addiction treatment, as well as explore previously held assumptions and biases related to harm reduction, abstinence only and medication assisted treatment as interventions.

Week Eleven: Treatment Considerations for Co-Occurring Disorders in Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

Week eleven focuses on understanding the relationships and intersections of mental health, substance use disorders, trauma, abuse and other areas of oppression impacting addiction. This week builds upon week four (assessment of substance use disorders) and week seven (client, family and loved ones’ education of substance use disorders and underlying contributing factors to addiction).

Week Twelve: Treatment Interventions and Associated Challenges of Providing Treatment for Substance Use Disorders and Addiction in Vermont

Week twelve helps students apply the knowledge and information gained throughout the course and examine the implications for substance use disorders and addictions unique to Vermont. This week explores the preferred provider system, hub and spoke systems of care, utilization of chronic disease model of addiction used in the Department of Health, Recovery Networks and the challenges of rural communities and resource accessibility.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: 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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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