ADD 384: Addictions Theory and Practice is designed to provide students with an overview of current and emerging research/expertise in the field.
The course will cover diverse definitions and understandings of addiction, as informed by current findings in the fields of neuroscience and social science. Pharmacology basics and the biological, psychological, social, spiritual and environmental dimensions of addiction will be reviewed from a number of perspectives. Current research on attachment, trauma and brain development will be examined in relation to addiction from both developmental and environmental perspectives. A critical examination of the link between policy and practice provides context for the emergence of recovery strategies such as harm reduction and motivational techniques. Special attention will be given to the role of colonization and stigma as it is experienced through ethnicity, gender and culture, and the important role of advocacy in this context.
This course is included in the block transfer agreement between Royal Roads University and Selkirk College which allows Selkirk ADRPM students entry into the 4th year of the Royal Roads BSc Degree.
Information contained in this course outline is correct at the time of publication. Content of the course is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational, employment and market needs. The instructor will endeavor to provide notice of changes to students as soon as possible. The instructor reserves the right to add or delete material from courses.
Prerequisites: 3rd year standing in Advanced Diploma in Rural Pre-Medicine (ADRPM) OR 3rd year standing in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) OR enrolment in Mental Health and Addictions Associate Certificate OR ADD 184 OR Permission of the Instructor.