BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

IHMS-140 - Introduction to Working With Substance Use - 3.00 Credits

IHMS-140 - Introduction to Working With Substance Use - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to working with people who use substances and substance related harms. Students will primarily examine harmful use of substance among Indigenous populations and introduce the concept of addictions generally. The course will explore different models of addiction as well as key foundational concepts in the prevention, screening, assessment and treatment of substance misuse and abuse. Students will be introduced to the descriptions of various drugs and their effects, and will be encouraged to explore their own attitudes and beliefs regarding substance abuse and treatment.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Indigenous Human Services Certificate - Certificate Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : Program admission or permission of the program coordinator
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 hours per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments: 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    • identify self-awareness of personal addictions values and attitudes and articulate a professional value stance consistent with human service work;

    • describe the etiology and prevalence of alcohol and drug use in Canada, particularly among the Indigenous population; 

    • describe the models used to understand chemical dependency; 

    • define the basic terms and classification system of alcohol and drugs; 

    • describe key components of effective and ineffective prevention strategies, including Indigenous healing practices; 

    • identify and utilize a variety of screening and assessment tools that identify addiction risk within a cultural framework; 

    • describe key concepts of motivational interviewing; 

    • describe the continuum of alcohol and drug treatment resources and interventions; 

    • identify the advantages and disadvantages of using harm reduction strategies; 

    • demonstrate an understanding of relapse prevention and its role in alcohol and drug recovery;

    • identify key components of 12 step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA); and

    • assess ethical issues and obligations when working with alcohol and drug issues. 

    Text and Materials: Csiernik, R. (2011). Substance use and abuse: Everything matters. Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars' Press. 
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