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Adolescents ADDN 1410 Section 60 1 Credit Hour Fall, 2006 Course Syllabus Class Time: .Thursday, 5:00 - 6:50 p.m. Bldg/Rm: PS 315 8/31/06 through 10/19/06 Instructor: Bernie Strand, MSW, LCSW, LAT 400 East 15th Street (Office hours by appointment) (w) 266-5439 or 265-3482 (c) 421-3226 (h) 235-5928 (e-mail) email@example.com Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the differential nature of addictions in adolescents, including biopsychosocial components, and an overview of developmental and practice theories and socioeconomic and cultural issues that are unique to children who abuse alcohol and other drugs. Current and recommended treatment approaches will be explored as well as the role of family, peer relationships, and psychological disorders in the emergence and continuation of addictions in adolescents. Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Appreciate the unique qualities of an adolescent’s addictive experience. 2. Examine current approaches to treatment of adolescent addicts and suggest future program components. 3. Understand the correlation between biopsychosocial issues and the addicted behavior of young people. 4. Advocate for sensitive and comprehensive prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare for adolescents struggling with alcohol and other drug abuse. Course Format: Instructional methods for ADDN 1410 provide an interactive learning environment in which each student gains from the input and experiences of others. Lectures, guest speakers, video tape material, class discussions, small group exercises, tests, and out-of- class assignments are among the growth-producing endeavors that may be included in this course. Students are encouraged to help create an optimal learning experience for themselves and their classmates through their own active participation. Evaluation Criteria: Your grade will be based on attendance, class participation, successful completion of all assignments given, and quizzes. Attendance/Participation …………………….… 30 (10 points per class) Out of class assignment/presentation to class..… 70 Test (two worth 50 points each or one worth 100) 100 200 possible points Grade based on 200 total points: 180-200 (90%-100%) A 160-179 (80%- 89%) B 140-159 (70%- 79%) C 120-139 (60%- 69%) D Under 120 (59% or less) F Please note that attendance, participation, presentation to the class, and quizzes make up the bulk of your grade in this course. Since there is no text book for this class, exam material is taken from lectures and guest speaker presentations. Thus, it is imperative that you attend every class meeting. If an emergency arises, and attendance is impossible, please contact the instructor. The instructor MAY offer an alternative exam date in extreme situations. No make-up work will be allowed unless this contact occurs. Required Text: There is no textbook for this class. Your reading assignments will be in the form of relevant articles from a variety of sources. These will be provided to the student, on reserve at the college library, or available through the internet. If you have a disability that requires accommodations, please see the instructor. In addition, please check the Casper College Student Handbook for further discussions of your rights and responsibilities. Course Schedule: Content Outline: WEEK 1: 8-31-06 Course Introduction WEEK 2: 9-7-06 Prevention, Treatment, Recovery WEEK 3: 9-14-06 Biopsychosocial Perspectives WEEK 4: 9-21-06 Independent work / Quiz WEEK 5: 9-28-06 Family Dynamics WEEK 6: 10-5-06 Challenges to Recovery / Problem Ownership WEEK 7: 10-12-06 Student Presentations WEEK 8: 10-19-06 Final Quiz Description of Assignments: IN CLASS ACTIVITIES - Periodically, throughout the course, you will be asked to participate in several in-class, small group discussions or activities that pertain to that week’s topic and report to the class. Please feel free to draw on relevant personal experiences and briefly share these with classmates as this enhances the interactive learning experience. OUT OF CLASS ASSIGNMENTS - This assignment involves exploring resources in our community for timely, relevant information on topics related to adolescent users of alcohol and other drugs. Examining resources available around us will allow you to recognize the relevance of what you learn in this class to real-world situations. Be creative and thorough. Students will present a brief, 5-minute report to the class about their chosen assignment. This is an informal discussion of their topic, relevant insights, and its relevance to adolescents. Grading on this assignment will be based on the student’s familiarity with the topic, their ability to give both comprehensive overview as well as highlight the main ideas or controversies related to the issue. Students are expected to solicit and address questions and comments from their peers, and to convey a professional presentation despite the informal nature of the assignment. (This exercise is similar to patient staffing meetings, multidisciplinary team meetings, and family decision making conferences that may be encountered when working with adolescents and their families.) Sign-up times are allotted on a “first-come-first-served” basis. Students are expected to negotiate with their peers if there is a schedule conflict that prevents them from presenting at the times available. Select ONLY ONE of the following options: 1-) Observe adolescents in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Notice how many young people are present, whether they are males or females, and how they are treated by the other attendees. Comment on the sensitivity the group demonstrates to issues unique to adolescents and justify with examples. State whether or not you would refer a recovering adolescent to this group and justify your decision. At all times, respect the confidential nature of AA and NA meetings. Do not record or take notes during the meetings EVER. Avoid use of names. Information should be presented in a generalized way to protect the identity of those attending. Unless you are a recovering addict, attend only open meetings. For the purpose of this assignment, please observe only, rather than participating in the group. It is perfectly fine to introduce yourself by saying, “My name is (first name only), and tonight I’d just like to listen.” Your further participation in the group may skew its naturally occurring dynamics. Report to the class what you have observed. 2-) Interview one therapist whose client population includes adolescent substance abusers about which issues are relevant, frustrations or satisfactions with the current system and resources, and suggestions for a new practitioner in the field. 3-) Visit an inpatient treatment facility that offers services to adolescent substance abusers. What features and program content impressed you? Were there difficulties you encountered or other observations that surprised you? Comment on your interactions with staff and their attitudes toward adolescent substance users. 4-) Choose an article about adolescents and a specific drug. (Clear your title with the instructor so there is no duplication of reports.) Use only sources published since 2003. The article must be more than one magazine page, more than 6 paragraphs long from an internet source, or more than 6 column-inches in length from a newspaper. (If you use an internet source, be sure a reputable agency, organization, or author publishes them.) Inform the class of the highlights in the article, and relate what the experts seem to say about the issue. What questions were not answered in the article, and what would you have written about if you had been the author? 5-) Talk with one recovery support service provider whose target population includes adolescents struggling with substance use. What challenges do their clients face. What does this provider offer? What is missing from the current system of services? Whose responsibility is it to fill in the gaps? 6-) Watch one movie that depicts an adolescent’s struggle with alcoholism or addiction. (Clear your title with the instructor so there is no duplication of reports.) What stereotypes does Hollywood propagate? Where is the depiction a more accurate reflection of the actual experiences of young people who are addicts and alcoholics? What seems accurate and what seems unrealistic in the portrayal? What conclusions about adolescent alcoholics or addicts might the general public draw based on this depiction? (Option: Select a movie made over 30 years ago. In addition to the above questions, address the following: What stereotypes were depicted about young addicts and alcoholics that we now know are inaccurate? What did they get right? Quiz There are 100 points from quiz(es) and the format includes true/false, multiple choice, matching, and fill in the blanks. Quiz results are worth half of your grade (100 points). The quiz(es) are comprehensive, including any information provided in the class including the handouts, up to and including the day of the test.
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