Addictions Counselling: This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the etiology of addiction, addictive substances and behaviours, how genetics and the environment contribute to the development of addictive behaviours, the role of psychoactive drugs, the impact of concurrent disorders, and the physiological/psychological effects on the human body and brain. Students will understand how healthy brain functions and will explore the functioning of a brain damaged by addictive behaviour. Students will examine contemporary theories of addiction and addiction counselling strategies and evidence-based practical applications of theory to assessment, prevention, intervention, recovery, wellness, and relapse strategies, as they apply to individuals, couples, families, and communities.

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