BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

PSYC-115 - Adolescence and Addiction - 3.00 Credits

PSYC-115 - Adolescence and Addiction - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is designed to assist participants in understanding the effects of alcoholism and other chemical addiction related problems influencing the Aboriginal adolescent. The course focuses on developing an understanding of human development from conception to adolescence, including physiological/neurological development, the impact of intergenerational trauma, family dysfunction, adolescent chemical addiction, relapse and recovery. The course will also include an overview of assessment skills, and various screening and assessment instruments that can assist in conducting a comprehensive assessment of the adolescent and provide effective healing approaches to the problem of addiction.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions Diploma - IHWA Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2024 (January - April)
  • Summer 2025 (May - August)
  • Prerequisites : Program Admission
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:
  • identify specific developmental stages related to the adolescent population;

  • describe the impact of intergenerational trauma on the Aboriginal adolescent today;

  • describe the physiological/neurological development of the adolescent and how this development may be affected by trauma, and drug/alcohol abuse;

  • describe the various roles of the dysfunctional family members in adolescent chemical addiction;

  • describe adolescent chemical dependency;

  • demonstrate the ability to conduct a comprehensive assessment of adolescents in order to provide effective healing approaches;

  • identify resources that are supportive of the Aboriginal adolescent;

  • develop an understanding of the value of the Aboriginal cultures, traditional and spiritual strengths in the adolescent as a viable healing method; and,

  • identify issues to relapse and recovery in adolescents chemical addiction.

  • Text and Materials: Henry, B. Paul. Practical Approaches in Treating Adolescent Chemical Dependency. Current Edition. The Haworth Press.
    Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    M,T,W,TH,F8:00AM - 5:00PM29 Apr 202418 May 2024
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    M,T,W,TH,F8:00AM - 5:00PM11 May 202531 May 2025