SSW372 - Selected Issues: Addictions

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Subject Title
Selected Issues: Addictions

Subject Description
Addiction is a major issue, with large economic, social, political and personal consequences. This course will provide a framework for understanding the fundamental concepts of chemical and substance addictions (alcohol, food, drugs) and behavioural addictions (gambling, internet, shopping). The course will examine a number of key domains in the addiction field, including: underlying theories of addiction, stigma, terminology, screening, drug policy, prevention and harm reductions. Various treatment and intervention modalities will be explored. Students will gain an overview of  the scope of the addictions field and its relevance to social service work. This course will include considerations of the role of social, cultural and population difference as they may relate to addictive behaviours and intervention strategies.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Define the key theoretical frameworks in the field of addictions
  2. Identify the current treatment approaches and interventions strategies for addictions
  3. Apply knowledge of personal and professional ethics to develop methods of advocacy in the field of addictions’
  4. Identify a variety of current intervention modalities and their efficacy
  5. Identify the diverse needs and experiences related to addictions faced by a variety of marginalized groups (women, youth, First Peoples, LGBT population and various ethno-cultural groups.
  6. Evaluate how personal influence of values and beliefs can affect interventions when working with people with addictions

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