This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the major issues involved in working with persons who have addictive behaviours and disorders of impulse control within a forensic context.
An exploration of the major theoretical perspectives of addiction (moral, medical and biopsychosocial) will be presented. This course will focus on three areas of practice: assessment, treatment and teamwork in effective risk management. Additional discussions, including harm reduction strategies, comorbidity and the utilization of community resources will also take place, allowing students to grasp a foundational knowledge surrounding substance abuse. Through a combination of interactive lectures and small-group presentations, students will have an opportunity to review and critique relevant literature and controversial topics in the management of these often challenging groups of individuals. Case study examples will be used to illustrate various scenarios in theory and current forensic practice.
Note: Students must have been admitted to the program to take this course. Admission to the program requires a diploma and/or a degree from an accredited university or CAAT.