Addiction Studies and Diagnostics Winter 2023

Class Details

The goal of this class is to help students develop an effective understanding of the definition, impact, and treatment of addiction. Students will be familiarized with the DSM-5, the text used to diagnose mental illness in the US. Speakers will tell their stories in their journey from addiction to recovery. Students will be expected to accurately diagnose the speakers according to the criteria in the DSM-5. Finally, an extensive annotated bibliography and oral presentation will be presented in groups at the end of the course. The goal of the class is to have students carry this knowledge forward and be more informed about addiction and recovery in personal, family, social, professional, and community life. That goal is two-fold; to help make better and more informed choices personally and with other people.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 1230
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Class and other participation outside the classroom and group project at end of course.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: instructor's choice
Unit Notes: I have taught this class nearly a dozen times and greatly enjoy doing so. I work as an addiction therapist and have personally been in recovery for 35 years. I earned an MA at the Hazelden Graduate School in 2009.
Materials/Lab Fee: $44
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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