Career & Technical Education > Counseling & Personal Develop

General Information


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

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.

Scheduled CPD-116 classes:

Fall 2018