GMS6781 Foundations in Addiction and Substance Use Disorders


This course covers cross-disciplinary areas underlying the work of addiction professionals: understanding addiction, treatment knowledge, application to practice and professional readiness. It discusses models and theories of addiction, treatment and recovery, research-based methods for diagnosis, treatment and outcome-measurement, sociocultural and other factors that influence substance use and treatment and practice-setting differences.


After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe models and theories of addiction
  • Describe models of treatment and recovery
  • Describe research-based diagnostic and treatment criteria and measurement of treatment outcomes
  • Explain how to tailor treatment based on factors such as stage of recovery, personal and cultural identity and treatment settings
  • Cultivate personal, professional and cultural self-awareness