completion of "Human Services 126: Psychopharmacology For Addictions
Counselors" the student will be able to:
- Discuss the biological, psychological and sociological theories of
drug abuse and addiction.
- Verbalize an understanding of the legalities of substance abuse, i.e.,
factors in controlling drug use, drug testing and drug legalization.
- Distinguish between psychoactive and psychotropic drugs.
- Identify the mental disorders that necessitate the need for psychotropics.
- Discuss the differences between the psychoactive classifications,
i.e., mechanisms of action, side effects and toxic effects of each classification.
- Discuss the mechanisms of action of anti-depressants, neuroleptics
and anti-manic drugs.
- Identify the toxic side effects of the psychotropics that would necessitate
immediate referral to Psychiatry.
For students who have not had a previous course in Addictionology,
I require that you take the Pre-requisite course of H.S. 125, Introduction
to Addictions. For Masterís prepared individuals (Social Workers, Teachers,
and licensed counselors), I will allow you to take this course and forego
the pre-req. To benefit from an Internet delivered class, you should have
some computer skills, as well as access to the Internet and email.