MFT 671 - Addictions Counseling 

3 Credits

Offered occasionally

Two key assumptions of the course are that addictions are bio-psycho-social-spiritual disorders and that treatment is most successful when it occurs in a relational/systemic context. This course provides students with a synthesis of research-based, family systems/cognitive-behavioral interventions for substance abuse treatment, primarily alcoholism. Major emphasis will be on learning assessment tools, acquiring motivational interviewing skills, and familiarizing oneself with the Community Reinforcement Approach, the Community Reinforcement Approach Family Training, and Volpicelli’s BRENDA models. The role of spirituality and needs of diverse populations will also be covered.