Substance Use Issues and Corrections

Code: HEAL8120

Course description

Substance abuse has been identified as a major criminogenic factor in the scientific literature and consequently has been a central focus of treatment and risk-reduction measures in modern correctional practice. In addition to the impact it has on criminal offending, substance abuse is associated with tremendous challenges for the individual, the family, and the greater community. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the central issues involved in working with persons who have substance abuse issues within a correctional environment. An exploration of the major theoretical perspectives of addiction (moral, medical, social learning, biopsychosocial) will be presented. This course will focus on strategies for assessment, treatment and multidisciplinary teamwork in effective case management with an additional emphasis on harm reduction strategies, comorbidity, the role of self-help in recovery, and the utilization of community resources. In addition, students will have the opportunity to review and critique the literature on controversial topics as they relate to offenders with substance abuse issues including abstinence versus harm reduction goals, psychopharmacological interventions, the impact of cannabis legalization, and diversion programs. Case study examples will be used to illustrate various scenarios encountered in the field.

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

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Delivery Options

Classroom Delivery: In-person instruction that takes place at a college campus.
Online Delivery: Content is delivered entirely online through self-directed components, allowing you the flexibility to learn anytime from wherever you are.
Remote Delivery: Technology-enabled virtual instruction that takes place outside of a physical classroom. Remote delivery includes some form of scheduled real-time virtual classes or drop-in times, as well as self-directed components.
Hybrid Delivery: Instruction that includes a combination of online or remote delivery, and some classroom activities.

Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Winter 2022 registration opens November 1, 2021. Spring 2022 registration opens February 7, 2022.