PSY5010EN - Psychology of Addiction

Course description

This course explores the development and etiology of addictions. Students will also learn about family dysfunction and how this influences the client’s addiction and recovery. Students will also various treatment options to work with those who have an addiction.

How this course benefits students

This course will relate to students who want to identify and apply abnormal behavior to law enforcement professions as a means to assess, diagnosis, and treatment individuals with abnormalities.

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 at an advanced level in learning practices and procedures as well as state and federal laws and regulations needed to provide proper care to clients in need of treatment.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Rosilyn Sanders, Professor of Psychology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

In this course, students will be focusing on 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us (our) sins, and to cleanse us from all unritheousness

Missionally driven

In Methodologies of offender assessment and treatment, students will learn the importance to spread witness to people who need 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 injuries to addictions to criminal charges. Through this course, future counselors will learn how to assess and treatment clients with an addiction diagnosis in various treatment settings.

Interculturally focused

In this course, students will learn how mental illness influences criminal behavior as well as how to treat them including their cultural beliefs.

Practically minded

This course will emphasis the importance of ministry to those offenders in need of services 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 and be able to relate these in the field as well as skills needed to work with clients with an addiction diagnosis.