In addition to the general psychology mission, the primary goals of this concentration are to deepen students understanding of substance use disorders, to facilitate the development of addiction counseling competencies that are associated with positive treatment outcomes and to increase the student’s level of confidence relative to providing substance abuse evaluation, education and treatment services.
In addition to the general psychology outcomes, students will:
- Identify, define and explain the key terminology, concepts, principles, theories and models for conceptualizing substance abuse and dependence from the field of psychology.
- Differentiate between the different substance abuse disorders using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders #4, Text Revision (DSM IV-TR).
- Identify strategies for engaging and retaining the substance abuser and significant others in treatment.