Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

CPD 116: Substance Abuse-Fundamental Facts

General Information

  • Name: Substance Abuse-Fundamental Facts
  • Discipline: Counseling and Personal Development (CPD)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Covers topics related to substance abuse in society: identification of substance, reasons for abuse of alcohol and of drugs, signs and symptoms of substance abuse, and approaches and techniques recognized as effective in substance abuse counseling.

II: Course Objectives

As a result of active participation in this course each student will:

  • Be able to classify chemical substances used in drug abuse.
  • Be able to identify the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, misuse, use and the detoxification process.
  • Be aware of the reasons for alcohol and drug abuse in this society.
  • Be aware of approaches and techniques recognized as effective in substance abuse treatment and assessment.
  • Be aware of special issues concerning special populations and issues surrounding chemical dependency treatment.
  • Be aware of her/his own bias, attitudes, belief, values and motivations with regard to substance use, misuse and abuse.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

The General Education Mission is to provide students with a core foundation of critical life skills with which to improve their lives. This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.


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