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This 10-week course provides graduate-level students with an advanced exploration of opiate addiction. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the many aspects related to opiate addiction while learning about best practices, issues, and research in the behavioral science field.

Topics Covered:

  • Historical Origins and Development of Current Opiate Addiction Epidemic
  • Physiology of Opiate Addiction
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Case Conceptualization
  • Prevention
  • Cultural Considerations & the Needs of Specific Populations
  • Legal/Ethical/Professional Issues
  • Future trends

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the historical origins and development of the current opiate addiction epidemic, including sociocultural factors effecting use and progression.
  • Demonstrate case conceptualization ability based on an understanding of the physical and psychological foundations that often accompany opiate addiction.
  • Describe treatment and relapse prevention utilizing psycho-education, motivational interviewing, and other modalities as appropriate.
  • Describe current research and professional issues and ethical and legal issues pertaining to opiate addiction.

Course Prerequisites


Intended for graduate-level students, the course is meant to expand basic understanding of addiction to more specific knowledge of opiate addiction.

Course Number: FPM-40646
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)