Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS)



150 Introduction to Chemical Dependency - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is a study of the basic concepts of chemical dependency. Emphasis is placed on an analyzing of chemical dependency from an interdisciplinary level and on examining the socio-cultural patterns of dependency. Individual student’s potential as a chemical dependency counselor is addressed. Students beginning the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies program should start with this course. This course is also appropriate for all students interested in learning more about alcohol and other drug use, abuse and dependency. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

153 Chemical Dependency Family Counseling Techniques - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 150 and 154, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 158.
This course is a study of the theories and practices related to the family dynamics involved when a member has a substance use problem. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic techniques designed to facilitate effective intervention strategies for the family as a system and for individuals within that system. Topics include assessment, family role delineation, family rules, co-dependency, open and closed family systems, intervention techniques and treatment modalities. This course is intended for students in the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies program and all students interested in the family dynamics in chemical dependency. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

154 Law, Ethics and Skills in Substance Abuse Counseling - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 150 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a study of ethical and legal components of the chemical dependency field. Emphasis is placed on professional responsibility and patients’ rights as they relate to various models of primary prevention and intervention. Topics include community needs and resources and the influence of the media on prevention and intervention. This course is intended for students in the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies program and any student interested in how to help someone with an alcohol or drug problem. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

156 Chemical Dependency Case Management - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 150 and 154, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6; Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 157 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a study of the theory and practical application of the Transdisciplinary Foundations and Practice Dimensions of chemical dependency counseling as they apply to case management. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to work effectively in the field of chemical dependency. Topics include clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral, documentation, and professional and ethical responsibilities for substance-related and additive disorders. This course is intended for students in the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

157 Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs 3 hours lecture, 3 units Grade Only

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6; Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 150 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies 152.
This course is a study of the neurochemical, physical and mental effects of commonly used addictive psychoactive substances on the human biological system. Emphasis is placed on the basic pharmacology of psychoactive drugs, the medical consequences of substance use disorders, and therapeutic approaches for managing chemical dependency. This course is intended for students majoring in Alcohol and Other Drug Studies and all students interested in the physiology and pharmacology of psychoactive drugs. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

159 Co-Occurring Disorders in Chemical Dependency Counseling - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English for Speakers of Other Languages 45 or English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 150, 154, and Psychology 101, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a study of co-occurring disorders, a condition which occurs when a person has a substance use disorder and a separate psychiatric diagnosis or other mental health-related symptoms or problems. Students learn the definitions and terms related to co-occurring disorders and the principles that guide systems of care for persons with co-occurring disorders. Emphasis is placed on identifying the most current, evidence-based practices for treating co-occurring disorders and applying screening, assessment, referral, and treatment protocols for persons with co-occurring disorders who enter substance use treatment facilities. Students demonstrate the skills necessary to apply for California state certification as an alcohol and other drug counselor as they relate to treating co-occurring disorders and familiarity with the terminology, diagnoses, and treatment conditions of the mental health field. This course is intended for students in the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies program. Note that material presented in this course is clinical in nature and may not be suitable for the general population of students. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

160 Group Dynamics in Chemical Dependency Counseling - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6; Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 150 and 154 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 157 and Psychology 161, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a study of the theory and application of group counseling approaches, methods and techniques related to chemical dependency problems. Emphasis is placed on the dynamics of small group interaction. Students develop effective interpersonal communication skills and leadership skills from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course is intended for students in the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

162 Chemical Dependency Internship Seminar - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 156, 160 and Psychology 161, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 163 or 270.
Advisory: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 153, 157 and Psychology 245, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a study of the nature of chemical dependency treatment with an emphasis on developing the skills and abilities of the student-asintern. Emphasis is placed on supporting students enrolled in the Chemical Dependency Internship. Throughout this course, students engage in critical analysis of their strengths and weaknesses as interns and as potential professionals in the field. Students must be accepted for an internship at an approved substance abuse treatment facility. This course is intended for students only in their final semester of the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

163 Chemical Dependency Internship - 255 hours other, 3.5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 156, 160 and Psychology 161, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 162.
Advisory: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 153, 157 and Psychology 245, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course provides students with a hands-on learning experience via a directed field study resulting from the cooperative effort of a provider agency, the instructor and the student. Emphasis is placed on enabling the student intern to learn and experience the work of a chemical dependency professional while receiving college credit. Students must be accepted for an internship at an approved substance abuse treatment facility. This course is intended for students only in their final semester of the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

270 Work Experience in Chemical Dependency 300 hours other, 4 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 156, 160 and Psychology 161, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 162.
Advisory: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies 153, 157 and Psychology 245, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain an Add Code from Work Experience Coordinator for enrollment.
This course provides students with a hands-on learning experience via the cooperative effort of the employer, the instructor and the student. Emphasis is placed on enabling the student who is employed or volunteering in chemical dependency work to receive college credit for achieving new, meaningful and measurable learning objectives related to as many interdisciplinary aspects of chemical dependency as possible. This course is intended for students only in their final semester of the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 310. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.