Certificate in Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency

CalSouthern’s Certificate in Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency is an 18-credit program, comprised of the following six required courses:


Chemical Dependency Courses

PSY 87538 Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Substance-Related Disorders (drugs, alcohol), Addictive Behavioral Disorders (gambling, sex, internet), Eating Disorders and co-occurring clinical and personality disorders. The biological, psychological, and social aspects of addiction, as well as cultural and legal-ethical issues are highlighted. Previous coursework in graduate substance abuse and abnormal psychology is strongly recommended.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Examine the diagnosis of substance use, eating disorders and behavioral addictions
  • Integrate the assessment and treatment of co-occurring and co-morbid disorders
  • Distinguish legal and ethical issues and cultural diversity to diagnosis and treatment
  • Formulate treatment plans using evidence based practice
  • Analyze and apply current research in addiction and compulsive behaviors
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology
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