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Addiction Studies (BS)

Description

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Addiction Studies program instructs students in the knowledge and skills required to provide assessment, prevention, referral and treatment services to individuals and families who experience addictive disorders. The curriculum places emphasis on alcohol and other drug addictions while exploring the broader range of addictive behaviors (e.g., gambling and sexual) and the co-occurrence of other mental disorders with addiction are considered as well.

The curriculum is interdisciplinary and includes courses in the psychological and biological sciences and humanities, in addition to addiction studies. Students have the option of participating in a clinical internship contingent upon their educational goals. Students can conveniently pursue their degree on a part-time or a full-time basis. Transfer credit from an associate’s degree will shorten the program. Courses in addiction studies are scheduled during the evening to accommodate working students and parents.

Completion of the Bachelor of Science with a major in addiction studies allows students to apply for a development plan with the State of Michigan to pursue the Certified Addiction and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential.

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    Degree/Major Requirements

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

    Requirements for the Major (30 credits)

    All of the courses in this section (21 credits)

    • ADS 1000 Introduction to Addiction Studies (3 credits)
    • ADS 1200 Assessment of Substance Use Disorders (3 credits)
    • ADS 2410 Techniques of Individual Counseling (3 credits)
    • ADS 4360 Family Theory and Therapy (3 credits)
    • ADS 4430 Group Methods (3 credits)
    • ADS 4440* Advanced Internship (3 credits)
    • ADS 4950 Multicultural Competence in Treating Substance-Related-Disorders (3 credits)

    *A clinical component totaling three credit hours is to be fulfilled as a field placement of 400 hours; or a non-clinical major for those students who choose to take a fourth ADS 4000 level elective in place of the internship.

    Plus three of the following (9 credits):

    • ADS 4170 Substance Use Disorders in Youth (3 credits)
    • ADS 4210 Process Disorders: Gambling and Sexual Addiction (3 credits)
    • ADS 4500 Prevention and Intervention of Substance Abuse (3 credits)
    • ADS 4600 Spirituality and Recovery (3 credits)


    Supportive Courses (24 credits)

    All of the courses in this section (21 credits)

    Plus one of the following (3 credits)

    • SWK 2000 Introduction to Social Work (3 credits)
    • CJS 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)

    Program Recommendation

    For students planning to do graduate work in counseling or psychology, three additional electives are recommended:

    • PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality (3 credits)
    • PYC 3430 Health Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 4070 Biopsychology (3 credits)

    Continued Matriculation/Graduation Requirements

    •  A grade of "C" must be earned in all courses required for the major. An overall GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
    • A student recovering from addiction that has a lapse or relapse while matriculating  is required to inform the program director so that a collaborative remediation plan can be arranged to insure that the student remains eligible for graduation.
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    Minor in Addiction Studies

    The minor in addiction studies is intended for undergraduate students:

    1. Majoring in a helping profession, for example, psychology, social work or human services and/or students aiming to expand their employment opportunities.
    2. And for students majoring in nursing or health services administration, where knowledge about addiction can increase understanding of the need for prevention and treatment, and to sensitize medical personnel to the deleterious consequences resulting from untreated addiction, for example, increased morbidity, mortality and medical costs.

    The minor in addiction studies totals 21 credit hours.

    Addiction Counseling Certification

    The State of Michigan awards the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential (CADC). Employment opportunities are enhanced for graduates who submit a development plan to the State of Michigan after graduation. Additional requirements (examination and clinical hours) are the responsibility of the graduate.

    Admission Requirements

    1. Admission to undergraduate studies at Detroit Mercy.
    2. Interview with Addiction Studies program director.
    3. Filing of program application to designate an Addiction Studies minor to appear on the student’s official transcript.

    Curriculum

    The curriculum has three components:

    1. A Core of Four Required Courses (12 credits):

    • ADS 1000 Introduction to Addiction Studies (3 credits)
    • ADS 1200 Assessment of Substance Use Disorders (3 credits)
    • ADS 2410 Techniques of Individual Counseling (3 credits)
    • ADS 4360 Family Theory and Therapy (3 credits)

    2. Two Elective Courses from the Following (6 credits):

    • ADS 4170 Substance Use Disorders in Youth (3 credits)
    • ADS 4210 Process Disorders: Gambling and Sexual Addiction (3 credits)
    • ADS 4430 Group Methods (3 credits)
    • ADS 4600 Spirituality and Recovery (3 credits)
    • ADS 4950 Multicultural Competence in Treating Substance-Related-Disorders (3 credits)

    3. A clinical component totaling at least 3 credits to be fulfilled as a field placement of 300 hours; or for a non-clinical minor, students may choose a third ADS elective from the list above in place of the internship.

    Total Credit Hours: 21

Program Contact Information

Program Director: Daniel Duryea, Ph.D., LPC, CADC
Reno Hall, Room 242
McNichols Campus

Email: duryeadg@udmercy.edu
Telephone: 313-578-0413
Fax: 313-578-0507

Department Website

Department Chair
Nancy G. Calleja, Ph.D., LPC

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