Course Description

Addiction is defined as a ?biopsychosocial? disease. Drugs & Alcohol in Schools will explore each of these three elements individually, and then, discuss their interactions and impact on the substance using person. The information will be further processed in order to more readily translate that information into practical application in the classroom. To establish a broader context for understanding substances and their addictive qualities, the course will begin with the ?social? component of the ?biopsychosocial? disease. This provides a backdrop that looks at the history of drugs and alcohol in society and what current societal perceptions prevail. The second chapter of this course will address the biological and physiological basis of addiction. Starting with general drug classifications, we will study specific drugs and their effects. While understanding the properties of the drugs, we will further examine what happens to the basic physiology when chemicals are introduced. Finally, after understanding physiological reactions, we will explore how use progresses into addiction and the evolution of addiction as a ?disease.? The triad is complete as we examine the psychological factors impacting the disease. The main focus of this chapter is a brief study of child development and the impact on stages of development if the child begins using substances. Development will be discussed also in terms of impact due to parental use of chemicals. From these issues, we will further explore family roles and rules that emerge in the family system. Since the course is designed to increase your understanding and awareness of drugs and addiction, the final chapter builds upon what you have learned and offers options for how to respond. These options look at how to most effectively and appropriately manage the effects of substance use as it impacts your students and classroom. A review of various support groups and resources that are available is included. Upon registration for this course, you will receive an email with login instructions within 72 hours.
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Section Title
Drugs & Alcohol in Schools
Section Schedule
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Course Fee(s)
TP0003 credit (2 units) $319.00
Available for Credit
2 units
Reading List / Textbook
Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse
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