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    Jan 07, 2015

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    Feb 04, 2015

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    Online Start Date
    Feb 25, 2015

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Certificate Requirements

    PS 506: LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT (5 Credits)

    This course examines human development through the life span from birth to adulthood, concluding with issues surrounding death and dying. The student will use case studies to examine biological, social, and cognitive changes at each stage of life and their relevance to clinical, educa­tional, and social problems. Students also evaluate the major psychosocial issues and conflicts that arise, and identify individual and social needs at each stage of development.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 40

    PS 511: CHEMICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELING (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of dependency counseling strategies using a biopsychological approach to help identify, change, and maintain dependency-free behaviors. Students will use their understanding of the biopsychological model in order to explore how addiction begins and intensi­fies as a complicated interaction between chemical and behavioral changes occurs during addiction. Students will practice identifying diagnoses using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) and proposing appropri­ate interventions through evaluating and writing case studies.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 40

    PS 516: PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course surveys basic psychopharmacological concepts, the effects of various psychotropic drugs on the brain, and the actions of hormones released during addiction episodes. In the first part of the course, students focus on basic principles of psychopharmacology and drug-receptor interactions and dose-response relationships. In the second part of the course, students examine how specific drug families affect different parts of the brain causing interference with normal function­ing. Students will use their understanding of basic psychopharmacology to propose appropriate di­agnoses and interventions for hypothetical clients, and to evaluate current research studies.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PS  511

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 40

    PS 521: GROUP COUNSELING (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on the theory and practice of group counseling and its application to the chemical dependency counseling field. Concepts include stages of group development, theories of group counseling, including the interactional group model, strategies for group motivation, and group process. Students will engage in group simulation exercises wherein they will take on roles of differ­ent group archetypes in order to evaluate group situational reactions, evaluate current research studies, write a group session plan, and propose strategies for solving common group problems that arise during the course of treatment. The ap­plication of group counseling theory and practice to culturally diverse groups is addressed.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 40

    PS 526: ADVANCED ADDICTION COUNSELING (5 Credits)

    This course provides an in-depth examination of dependency and addiction dynamics. Students will use their knowledge of counseling theories common to dependency counseling, such as cog­nitive behavioral therapy, to evaluate case studies, diagnose dependency, and propose appropriate treatments. Ethical dilemmas that occasionally arise in the counselor/client relationship will be analyzed and discussed. Additionally, students will evaluate case studies that contain ethical, legal, and sociocultural issues using the code of ethics of addiction counseling.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 40

    PS 531: CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS AND TREATMENTS (5 Credits)

    This course will prepare students to work with clients diagnosed with an addiction and mental health disorder. Students will survey some of the special problems related to having addiction and various types of mental health disorders. Different treatment models will be discussed and students will practice using their knowledge of co-occurring theory to analyze research and case studies.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 40

    PS 535: ADDICTIONS PRACTICUM I (5 Credits)

    The practicum experience in addictions is designed to prepare graduate student clinicians by extending the program's didactic and classroom-based experiential components to produce an increasingly sophisticated learning experience. The practicum is designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience, and prepares the student for future training in professional psychology.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 40

    PS 536: ADDICTIONS PRACTICUM II (5 Credits)

    Addictions Practicum ll is an extension to the Addictions Practicum l experience and is designed to prepare graduate student clinicians by extending the program's didactic and classroom-based experiential components to produce an increasingly sophisticated learning experience. The practicum is designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience and prepares the student for future training in professional psychology.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PS 535

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 40

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  • * Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Volume I. Summary of National Findings (2010), on the Internet atoas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k9NSDUH/2k9ResultsP.pdf.

    Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

    This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.
    The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in Kaplan University’s Graduate Certificate in Addictions do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure 

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