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DACT 105: INTRODUCTION TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND RECOVERY

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

In this course students will be introduced to basic concepts and issues in substance abuse/dependence, treatment, and recovery. The student will also learn about assessment regarding substance use disorders and gain information related to both professional and nonprofessional (eg; AA, NA) options and methods for recovery from substance use disorders.

DACT 110: FOUNDATIONS I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course introduces the student to the history, modes, rules and regulations of alcohol and drug treatment. Specific topics of discussion will include evolution of response systems for treatment, delivery systems such as out-patient and residential treatment and accepted procedures for intake, discharge, confidentiality and client rights.

DACT 111: ADDICTION COUNSELING I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course introduces the student to the clinical issues and strategies related to initial contacts with a client, preparation of the client for a successful treatment experience and the issues and concerns of the first phase of drug and alcohol treatment. Specific topics considered in this course include client screening, intake procedures, orientation procedures, assessment, treatment planning and modes of treatment.

DACT 112: FOUNDATIONS II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: DACT 110 and department approval

This course teaches students about psychoactive pharmacology, the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction and the major theoretical systems for understanding the effects of drugs on human behavior.

DACT 113: ADDICTION COUNSELING II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: DACT 111 and department approval

This course teaches the student about the core area skills of drug and alcohol counselor training. Those skills include case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral, recordkeeping, and consultation and professional networking.

DACT 141: SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADDICTIONS STUDIES

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course explores major issues facing correctional employees in the realm of addictionology. Repeatable up to three times if the topic is different.

DACT 142: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES: DRUGS & ALCOHOL

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department Approval

This course will examine basic policy problems related to alcohol and drugs, including legislation, professionalism, education, training, literature and research, procedures, administration, and social problems.

DACT 210: ADDICTION COUNSELING III

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: DACT 113 and department approval

This course focuses on professional ethics, special populations, and clinical supervision in drug and alcohol treatment.

DACT 211: COUNSELING AND HUMAN CHANGE

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: DACT 113 and department approval

This course introduces the student to basic models of counseling in drug and alcohol treatment. Topics of discussion will include the disease model of addiction, the acquired hedonic cost habituation syndrome model, behavioral approaches, cognitive approaches and eclectic combinations based on client need.

DACT 212: INTERNSHIP SEMINAR

9 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course demonstrates the ability to use the theories and skills acquired in the Drug and Alcohol Counselor Training (DACT) program in an agency setting and the preparation necessary to successfully complete the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) certification exam.