BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

CHAD-333 - Psychosocial Trauma Healing: Addiction Theory and the Grief Process - 3.00 Credits

CHAD-333 - Psychosocial Trauma Healing: Addiction Theory and the Grief Process - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course investigates the connections between historical and social trauma, grief, and addictions. One of the foci will be on cultural healing that will encompass within its scope First Nations cultural metaphors, symbols, archetypes, histories, and Indigenous healing practices. From a First Nation's perspective, students will make a deep and collective inquiry into addiction, explore trauma and grief inter-culturally and intra-culturally, and theorize culturally specific ways to apply psychosocial trauma healing and grief management approaches during the recovery process. Since the learning process is highly interactive, dialogic and stimulating, students will be required to trust in their personal knowledge gained from experience, tribal histories, and teachings. To support this learning process, students must demonstrate a willingness to think and process information outside the box.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Chemical Addiction Worker Advanced Diploma - Advanced Diploma Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : Advanced diploma program admission or permission of instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 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:
  • articulate how and why addiction is a “signal” and “symptom of distress” particularly within First Nation’s communities;

  • explain how trauma and grief effect the recovery process and community development;

  • define psychosocial, cultural and psychohistorical impacts on trauma healing;

  • apply a theory of application for psychosocial trauma healing as an addictions counselor;

  • identify cultural healing contexts that deepen meaning in the recovery process for First Nation’s people;

  • describe the difference between universal grief and particular grief within cultures; and,

  • explore the dualities in shuttling between First Nation and Western modes of thinking, talking and applying knowledge.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Mate, Gabor. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addictions. Current edition. Berkeley, CA. North Atlantic Books.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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