Social Work

Winter 2006

SOWK 390J Special Topics in Social Welfare Addictive              3 credits
          Behaviors adn Clinical Social Work with           
          Addicted Individuals                              
This course teaches the concept of addiction as it relates to alcohol and other drugs and 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. This course is open to all social work students who have completed SOWK 388. Students will also receive training on how to use the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) for clinical assessments and treatment planning. For more information contact jokund1@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
[0071] 9101 TuWTh......9:00am-12:10pm (ACIV108)       OKUNDAYE, J

SOWK 390S Special Topics in Social Welfare                        3 credits
          Demystifying the DSM IV: A Social Work            
This course 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 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 its development, theoretical orientations, and the ethical and diversity issues surrounding the DSM. This course conforms to a generalist social work perspective and therefore will not provide sufficient expertise to make clinical diagnoses. However, it is intended to compliment other UMBC courses in social work, or related disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, public health). 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 ways in which the DSM continues to impact research and professional approaches to mental health issues today. For more information contact skid@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
[0072] 9101 TuWTh......1:00pm- 4:10pm (PUP 208)       SKIBA, D

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