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Elective Options

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Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate (SAC)
Program Course Descriptions

DRG101 Substance Abuse and Society
A sociological interpretation of the individual and groups in American society with respect to substance abuse and addiction. Emphasis is placed on prevailing attitudes and definitions and the impact of substance abuse upon professionals, women, minorities, and children. The role of the criminal justice system in substance abuse is introduced.
DRG103 Physiological & Medical Aspects of Substance Abuse
HUS101 The Human Services Worker
Provides the instruments to explore and evaluate personal values, motives, feelings, needs, attitudes, interests and personality traits especially as they pertain to awarenesses which will help a Human Services worker; and explores personal and societal prejudices, stereotyping behaviors, and biases.
PSY102 Introductory Psychology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Systematic study of behavior including the development of psychology as a science, the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, motivation, sensation and perception, personality development, cognitive processes, maturation and development, and adjustment. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
DRG106 Prevention of Substance Abuse
DRG201 Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals
Pre: DRG101 or DRG106
Covers a variety of skills and techniques at an intermediate level, which are used in individual counseling with a substance abuse client. Students will be taught intake and diagnostic skills, how to deal with denial and other defense mechanisms, the effective use of confrontation, treatment planning and goal setting and involvement of the client in problem solving. Skill building will be reinforced by role play in each session.
HUS102 Helping Skills in Human Services
Pre: HUS101
Designed to help develop individual and group interaction skills based on historical and contemporary models applicable in the field of Human Services work. Utilizing audio and video taping; role play; and active classroom participation in exercises designed to demonstrate competence in appropriate listening skills, problem solving, and decision making strategies.
HUS108 Pharmacology for Human Services
Introduces the human services care giver to the use and effects of medications in acute, chronic, and home care settings with patients/clients throughout their life span. Emphasis will be placed on the physiology, indications, contraindications, actions, side effects, and behavioral manifestations of the various medications.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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