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Winter 2005




SOWK 390J Special Topics in Social Welfare A Systems              3 credits
          Approach to Assessment, and Treatment of          
          Chemical Dependency and other Addictive           
          Behaviors                                         
Teaches the concepts of addiction as it relates to alcohol and other drugs, and other addictive behaviors. The course presents addiction theories, models and definitions of abuse and dependency to guide discussions of the comprehensive process of screening, diagnosis, interventions and referral. It also presents information on the differential use of addictive substances and special problems in various groups: children, families, ethnic groups, gay men and lesbians, dually diagnosed clients, the elderly, and women. Current issues such as the decriminalization of some currently prescribed substances and trends in service provision for chemically dependent patients especially third-party coverage and managed care are also discussed. Students will also receive training on how to use the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) for clinical assessments and treatment planning. This course is open to all social work students who have completed the SOWK 388 course or received permission from the Social Work Department. All other students must receive permission from the social work department. For more information contact jokund1@umbc.edu.
(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
[0138] 9101 WThF.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (SS  107)       OKUNDAYE, J


SOWK 390S Special Topics in Social Welfare                        3 credits
          Demystifying the DSM: A Social Work               
          Perspective                                       
Provides students with a working knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), a major source of diagnostic criteria used across a variety of mental health and social work fields. As a primary focus, students will be exposed to the history of the DSM, the relationship between the DSM and major mental health conditions, as well as experiential familiarity of how the DSM applies to clinical assessments, diagnoses, and treatment planning within social work. A secondary focus will encourage students to critically analyze the DSM with respect to diversity issues, different theoretical orientations, and ethical challenges. This course conforms to a generalist social work perspective, but will not provide sufficient expertise to make clinical diagnoses. However, the course is intended to compliment other UMBC courses in social work or related major/minor degree programs (e.g., Psychology, Emergency Health Services). It is suited for students seeking a broad understanding and appreciation of the DSM, how it helps explain the complex nature of human behavior, and how the DSM continues to impact social work research and professional approaches to contemporary mental health issues and social work practices. For more information contact skid@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
[0139] 9101 TuWTh......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ACIV207)       SKIBA, D


SOWK 391W Seminar on Aids for Health and Social                   2 credits
          Service Providers and Administrators              

          Grade   Method:   REG/P-F/AUD  THIS  IS  A
          CROSS-LISTED  COURSE.  SEE  HAPP  391W FOR
          COURSE DESCRIPTION.
[0140] 9101 F..........9:00am- 4:00pm (SS  109)       YOUNG, E


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