BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCW-466 - Addictions - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-466 - Addictions - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is designed to give students an introduction to substance/misuse/abuse and compulsive and addictive behaviors. This will broaden their perspective of addiction to further strengthen their work with diverse populations with an emphasis on First Nations communities. It offers: - An opportunity to explore various models of addiction theories and frameworks; - Examples and case studies of diverse populations and the impact of substance abuse or other addictive behaviors; and - A critical perspective on the legal and government policy related to substances.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Elective Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Fall 2024 (September - December)
  • Prerequisites : SOCW 200A, SOCW 200B, third year standing or permission of the department head
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Master's of Social Work
    Office Hours: 1.5 hour for every 3 hours of classroom instruction
    Contact Hours: 39
    Student Evaluation
    Reading Questions 5%, One/Two page Paper 5% (or 10%), Reflection Paper 20%, Public Policy 25%, Presentations 25%, Essay #3 – Change Journal 20%. Grading procedures follow the UCC Guidelines.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course the student should demonstrate knowledge, skills and/or attitudes in the following:
  • Knowledge of addiction theory and effects of the misuse of a range of substances and process addictions (i.e. eating disorders, gambling, workaholism;

  • An understanding of the role of the Social Worker in prevention, assessment and treatment issues;

  • An appreciation of substance misuse issues faced by diverse client groups, including Aboriginal people, women, youth and the elderly;

  • A basic understanding of, and a critical perspective on, Canadian law and public law regarding legal, illegal and controlled drugs;

  • An awareness of available services and resources designed to treat and/or assist people affected by substance misuse problems and high risk addictive behaviours; and

  • An awareness of their own attitudes, values and beliefs and how this may impact assessment, case management and treatment of individuals and families with addiction issues.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Harrison, T., & Fisher, G., (2000). Substance Abuse: Information for school counselors, social workers, therapists, and counselors, Needham Heights, Mass: Allyn & B. Bacon.

  • Whitehead, Paul C., & Hayes, Michael, J., (1998). The insanity of alcohol: Social problems in Canadian First Nations communities. Toronto, Canadians Scholars’ Press Inc.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Instructors regularly modify and update course outlines. For the most recent version please contact the department.
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    F1:00PM - 4:00PM04 Sep 202403 Dec 2024