PHARM 7018EX - Treatment of Addiction: Psychosocial Interventions

External - Trimester 1 - 2018

This course/module is designed to explore the scientific basis and treatment of substance misuse from a psychological perspective germane to the management of drug, alcohol and nicotine dependence. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the principles of different theoretical approaches underlying psychological assessment and evidence-based practice. During this course/module students will develop a critical awareness of the current literature related to psychological theories of addiction. Students will examine the use and comparative efficacy of different psychological therapies in clinical practice including brief interventions, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing /MET. Other interventions (case management, group work, self-help, integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders etc) will also be examined alongside the evidence base for Relapse Prevention, Contingency Management and Therapeutic Communities. Students will also have the opportunity to explore psychological approaches used with specialist populations such as young people and adolescents.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHARM 7018EX
    Course Treatment of Addiction: Psychosocial Interventions
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Trimester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s External
    Units 4
    Contact Online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available for non-Award study after consultation with Program Director (students need to enrol at VCU and meet GradCert in International Addiction Studies entry criteria).
    Course Description This course/module is designed to explore the scientific basis and treatment of substance misuse from a psychological perspective germane to the management of drug, alcohol and nicotine dependence. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the principles of different theoretical approaches underlying psychological assessment and evidence-based practice.
    During this course/module students will develop a critical awareness of the current literature related to psychological theories of addiction. Students will examine the use and comparative efficacy of different psychological therapies in clinical practice including brief interventions, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing /MET. Other interventions (case management, group work, self-help, integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders etc) will also be examined alongside the evidence base for Relapse Prevention, Contingency Management and Therapeutic Communities. Students will also have the opportunity to explore psychological approaches used with specialist populations such as young people and adolescents.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Femke Buisman-Pijlman

    This course is taught by Kyle Dyer from King's College London (UK).
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Schedule
    Week 1 Topic 1
    Week 2 Topic 2
    Week 3 Topic 3
    Week 4 Topic 4
    Week 5 Topic 5
    Week 6 Topic 6 / Essay
    Week 7 Topic 7
    Week 8 Topic 8
    Week 9 Topic 9 / Essay
    Week 10 Conclusion and Revision Week
    Week 11 Exam Week
    This schedule is indicative of the timetable only.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 To explore the scientific basis for the assessment and treatment of substance misuse and dependence from a psychological perspective.
    2 To examine the use and comparative efficacy of different psychological therapies in clinical practice, including different behavioural therapies.
    3 To examine the philosophy of Therapeutic Communities.
    4 To consider the evidence base for Relapse Prevention and Contingency Management.
    5 Work in an interdisciplinary international group in an online environment
    6 Write an essay using discipline specific jargon and style
    7 Manage the allocated time effectively in performing tasks
    8 Display awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues and their importance in the exercise of your professional and student responsibilities
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3,4,6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5,6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5-7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5,8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The Master of Science in Addiction Studies Programme curriculum has been designed to be self-contained. You will be provided with the following study aids for each course/module:

    • Lectures: Lectures are provided online. Lecture duration varies between 30 and 90 minutes. The lectures outline and exemplify core concepts necessary to grasp the topic. Your readings will expand on material presented in these lectures. Lecture handouts are provided online in PowerPoint pdf files that can be viewed, downloaded or printed out.
    • Course Handbook/Syllabus: A course handbook/syllabus is available online for each course. These contain specific information about the course/module including course learning objectives, assessments and course timetable.
    • Topic Outlines: Topic outlines are provided online for each study topic and include learning objectives, title of the concept lecture, list of readings and revision questions for each topic. The revision questions are provided at the end of each topic outline and are intended to help you revise the content of the topic. You do not need to provide your answers to us.
    • Readings: A series of suggested readings are listed in the Topic Outline. Some of these are essential (i.e., their content may be assessed) and others are optional. Readings may be provided in the VCU library course reserve or online (in the form of pdf files or as links to relevant websites). Additional or further readings are not a compulsory component but are a useful addition to the core content. The online readings include both journal articles and book chapters chosen from a variety of sources, which may also represent a wide range of disciplines necessary for the examination of drug-related issues.
    • Discussion Board: The Discussion Board is a useful tool for exchanging information and ideas and is an important part of your summative assessment. You will be expected to discuss study topics with other students, but you can also discuss problems you may encounter while studying. A set number of contributions is compulsory.
    • Online Tests: The online tests are self-assessments designed to help you determine your progress. The tests are provided for most of the topics, and their completion may be compulsory in some courses/modules. However, the mark for the tests usually does not contribute to the overall mark for the course/module. You may be required to attempt each test at least once in order to be eligible to sit for the examination, but you are encouraged to take the tests as many times as you wish until you are satisfied with the result. In addition to the correct answers, brief individual feedback is provided for some of the tests. Please note that these tests are not included in the topic outline.
    • Blackboard – Online Education Service: Blackboard provides online access to course study material (handbook, topic outlines, lectures, lecture notes, readings and assignments/tests), Programme Guidelines and Policies and related forms, announcements, grades (your own and class average), Discussion Board, student email and other online tools.
    Online Learning
    The International Programme in Addiction Studies is delivered entirely online; no campus attendance is required. The programme is available to students from all countries, however, online lectures, assignments and correspondence are in English only.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    STUDY MATERIAL

    Each week new material is released that you will work through. Your first focus should be on the Topic outline as this describes what you need to master on a certain topic and what information is available to you. Each study topic is comprised of the following components:

    • learning objectives
    • revision questions
    • concept lecture
    • readings
    • quiz to test your understanding (not graded)
    • discussion forum
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The expected work load for the course is 20 hours a week. This will be spent on reviewing the video and reading material, doing the revision quizzes, engaging in discussion and preparing for the assessments.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The following topics may be taught:

    Topic 1:  Introduction to Psychosocial Interventions - Dr Anna Williams; The Stages of Change - Dr Kim Wolff
    Topic 2:  Relapse Prevention - Dr Shamil Wanigaratne
    Topic 3:  Motivational Interviewing - Mr Clive Tobutt
    Topic 4:  Contingency Management - Prof Maxine Stitzer
    Topic 5:  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Dr Tim Meynen
    Topic 6:  Mindfulness - Dr Robert Hill
    Topic 7:  Family and Social Interventions - Prof Alex Coppelo
    Topic 8:  Therapeutic Communities Group - Dr Charalampos Poulopoulos
    Topic 9:  Self-help Groups - Mr Barney Straus

    Conclusion and Revision Week - Dr Anna Williams
    Exam Week - Dr Anna Williams
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Online Tests Formative

    Weeks 1-9

    Discussion Board participation Summative Weeks 1-4 & 6,7,9 20%
    Written Essay Assignment 1 Summative Week 6 25%
    Written Essay Assignment 2 Summative Week 9 25%
    Short Answer Exam Summative Week 11 30%
    Assessment Detail
    FORMATIVE

    Formative assessment in this module includes short tasks that are designed to help you increase your level of understanding of the module material. Please note that formative assessments are only meant to improve your learning and they do not contribute to your final grade in anyway.

    SUMMATIVE

    Discussion Board
    In this module, as in most others within the IPAS Programme, there will be seven required discussion forums during the class. Although students will be responsible for reading and responding to discussion topics each week, the level of participation expected will vary for each student by week.

    Essay Assignments
    The two essay assignments combined are worth 50% of your overall grade for this module (each essay being equally worth 25%). Each essay should be 1,500 words in length; longer or shorter essays (+/- 10% than the word limit) will be marked down by 10%. They should demonstrate scholarly knowledge of the literature, but also personal and creative engagement with the ideas raised. The essay titles and instructions are available on VCU Blackboard for you to access from Week 1 for the first essay and from Week 6 for the second essay. 

    Short Answer Examination
    This exam is designed to test your broad understanding of the topics covered in the module and is worth 30% of your overall grade for this module. You should prepare yourself by taking the time to listen to each topic presentation and by reading around the material. The exam will be available for you to access on Blackboard for a period of 24 hours to allow students based in different time zones to complete the exam on the day. It is essential that you check your local time zone to ensure you have given yourself sufficient time to complete the exam. Submissions will not be possible after the deadline and late submissions by other means will be treated as a fail.
    Submission
    WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

    You will receive and submit your written assignments electronically via the Assignment section in Blackboard or via email if you are instructed to do so. In each course where written assignments are required, you will receive specific instructions as to the manner in which you will be expected to make assignment submissions.

    EXAMINATION

    Several courses use exams that can be either supervised written exams or computer-based open book exam. These exams will have a specific time at which they need to be completed. The duration and mode of the examination may vary by course/module at the discretion of the course/module director.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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