ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse

The ACA Syllabus Clearinghouse is a joint project of ACA and The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). We will maintain syllabi on many topics from may different learning institutions. Our database will be updated continually with new and exciting courses and will provide a valuable resource to all counselors. If you have questions or need assistance please contact the ACA librarian at 800-347-6647 ext. 281 or

Addictions / Substance Abuse Counseling

Etiology and Treatment of Substance Abuse

Todd C. Campbell, Ph.D.
This course introduces the student to issues related to the etiology and treatment of substance use disorders. Counseling skills and approaches that can be utilized to match interventions for substance use disorders to individual client needs will be addressed. Versatility and flexibility are emphasized as well as the use of research-supported prevention and intervention strategies. This course is appropriate for those students specializing in counseling with clients experiencing addiction and other mental health issues. Through lectures, readings, class discussions, experiential exercises, and supplemental materials, students will be able to widen the scope of their understanding and application of empirically-supported approaches to prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.

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