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Substance Addiction Counseling Certificate (SAC)
Program Course Descriptions

DRG101 Addiction and Society
A sociological interpretation of individuals, groups, and American culture with respect to substance use. The relationship between mental health, physical health, and addiction are examined, along with the types of treatment and intervention strategies offered in both professional and para-professional settings. The role of the community, self-help groups, and the criminal justice system is also introduced. A primary outcome of this course is for students to gain awareness of the prevailing attitudes, definitions, and impacts of addiction in society.
DRG103 Physiological and Medical Aspect of Addiction
Covers the effects of substances on the body and its systems, the various health conditions associated with addiction, and the pharmacological, nutritional, and other approaches used to manage and treat addiction.
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 Addiction Prevention
An overview of the levels of prevention, risk and protective factors related to addiction, and how to access prevention literature and research. The course emphasizes how families, schools, businesses, and the treatment system use prevention strategies to help those most at risk for addiction. Harm-reduction and relapse prevention strategies are also introduced.
DRG201 Individual Counseling for Addiction
Pre: DRG10 or DRG 106
Covers a variety of evidence-based practices used in the addiction field, including motivational interviewing and relapse prevention, among others. The course introduces students to assessment, treatment planning, and case management best-practice. Skill enhancement is reinforced through experiential learning and role play.
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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