MSA6400EN - Advanced Substance Abuse Assessment

Course description

This course will discuss various assessments and testing guidelines to utilize in the diagnosis substance abuse disorders. Students will learn about various types of addictions, drugs, and testing protocols. Students will utilize case studies to and past research to gain knowledge in performing psychological assessments used for diagnosis.

How this course benefits students

This course will relate to students who want to serve in the capacity of assisting clients in need of substance abuse treatment.

Why this course is important

In today’s world, we are seeing an increase in addictions among other stressors. This course is important to the University as it will assist students in learning practices and procedures as well as state and federal laws and regulations needed to provide proper care to clients in need of addictions treatment. Students will also learn evidence base practices to apply to the treatment of their client’s, their families, and society.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

In this course, students will be focusing on Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Missionally driven

Students will learn the importance to spread witness to people who have an addiction. Students will learn to help their clients by guidance, rehabilitation, and support through God.

Contextually informed

Throughout the Bible we are told to spread the word of Jesus as well as love our neighbors. Within our own communities, people are suffering from addictions. Through this course, future counselors will learn how to manage clients by understanding the substance abuser and various assessments tools utilized for diagnosis.

Interculturally focused

In this course, students will learn how addictions influence those from diverse populations as well as how to treat them including their cultural beliefs.

Practically minded

This course will emphasis the importance of ministry to those client’s in need of substance abuse treatment by using knowledge gained from the course to assess and deliver resources to those in need by means of the Bible for knowledge in ministry.

Experientially transformed

Through the course, students will learn state and federal laws and requirements as well as evidenced based practice, and will be able to relate these in the field.