Prerequisites: 69:252 and 69:366 or permission of Instructor.

This course examines the etiological factors that are the determinants of substance abuse, addiction and dependency. These issues will be explored within a historical-cultural and biopsychosocial model. Addiction issues across the lifespan and with special populations, including those with co-occurinig disorders will be studied. Approaches to addictions counseling will be examined in relation to assessment (including screening strategies), treatment programs, (including a focus on relapse prevention). An integrated treatment model is emphasized. This course will prepare the psychiatric nurse to work in both mental health and addictions settings.

3 lecture hours per week, one term

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 69:379 in the BU Course Transfer Database.