Substance Abuse Counseling
PCO 6312

Robert J. Rotunda, Ph.D.

Fall 2013                                  Thursdays 9:00 - 11:45 AM Building 11 / Room 201

Office Hours:  Dr. Rotunda 
                         Tuesdays 9:00 - 12:00
                         Wednesdays 2:00 - 4:00

                         Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00
                         Other Days / Times by Appt.

TA- Jennifer Feibelman  
        Room 223 

Contact Info:
                         Building 41 / Room 226

                         Phone: (850) 474-2294 

Refer to "PCO6312" in the subject line

Course Overview/Learning Objectives:

This graduate course will examine the misuse of alcohol and other drugs, and how they affect biological, psychological, social and familial spheres of functioning. The course is designed to convey to counselors-in-training and community professionals the most essential information about licit and illicit drugs, provide an overview of the prominent theoretical models of addiction, and explore various clinical methods for assessing and treating substance use disorders. Although it is not a counseling practicum, this overview course is designed to help train student counselors to assess and treat substance use disorders. The course may also be useful to practicing mental health counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and physicians interested in treatment methods.


Specifically, course participants will learn about:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
  • appreciate the pervasiveness and complexity of drug use in our culture
  • apply theories of addiction to practical problems encountered by drug education, prevention, and treatment professionals
  • understand the consequences of drug use for the individual, family, and community
  • identify harmful patterns of alcohol and other drug use, and be aware of prevention and treatment resources that exist in the community
  • understand and know how to use specific substance abuse assessment and treatment methods, and when to seek further supervision
  • utilize clear and professional language in all written course products (e.g., adhere to APA style; multiple paper assignments)

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    Department of Psychology, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL 32514