Counselling Special Populations with Substance Abuse Addiction

This course examines the issues of special populations in the substance abuse area and prepares the candidates to work more effectively with individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds struggling with alcohol and drug dependence.


The following topics will be addressed and analysed:
  • meaning of diversity in the context of addictions,
  • race and ethnicity including African-Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and Native Americans.
  • Sexual orientation and diversity in substance abuse population will also be examined.
  • Finally, this course will provide a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice regarding diversity issues in addiction treatment.
Course Outcomes:
After completing this course, candidates will be able to:
  • Describe, analyse, and assess the importance of assessing the importance of special populations in the substance abuse assessment and treatment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of cultural competency in assessment and treatment of special populations in substance abuse.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of prominent ethnic and cultural groups in North America and the relationship of that history to substance use and abuse, access to care, and health issues related to substance use.
  • Appraise and reflect on the step-by-step approaches and issues of integrating special populations into addiction treatment.
  • Develop and apply culture-centric approaches to substance abuse treatment.