Advanced Courses

Advanced Courses

These courses are offered on demand to FMP graduates
However, they are not available at this time

Counseling 703: Hope for The Broken Hearted

Instructors:

Fr. Makary Ibrahim (Former Psychiatrist)

E-mail: agapemercy@gmail.com

Phone: 210-730-3782

Course Description:

This course will explore the new research on addictive behaviors and the most effective way to overcome, craving, escape from boredom, the pursuit of pleasure, the avoidance of pain, and the relief from chaos is some of the topics that will be covered in the course. Also, emphasis is placed on the spiritual dynamic at the heart of addiction and the path from recovery to discovery and onto the path of grace.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, students will understand:

·         Roadblocks to recovery

·         Principles of recovery

·         Discuss the role and place that 12-Step programs hold in sexual addiction

·         Healthy relationship

·         Hope for the broken hearted

·         Biblical transformation

Required Text:

1.      God will Make a way by Dr.Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, Integrity publishers. ISBN: 1-59145-124-8.

2.      Undefiled by Harry Schaumburg. Moody Publishers., ISBN: 978-0-8024-6069-1.

On-Site Lesson Schedule:

            Readings Prior to Arrival:  The first three chapters in undefiled by Harry Schaumburg the Instructor will give an overview of the course and will emphasize the important points.

Grading Scale:

Test Schedule Percentage of course grade  A+ =  96-100

A- =  90-95

B = 80-89

Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

F Below 60

Test 1 – 6

Final Test 70%

30%

Course Requirements:

1. Attending the course’s lectures in the announced conference.

2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.

3. Turning Tests & assignments after the dead line may reduce the score.

4. There will be a comprehensive final exam which will be following all the rest of the work that has been completed and turned in.

 

Distance Learning Lesson Schedule

Week

Lesson

Text Book  

Test Schedule
Week 1 Chapters 1 – 3 # 1
Week 2 Chapters 4 – 6 Test 1 Due Sept   17
Week 3 Chapters 7 – 9
Week 4 Chapters 10 – 12 Test 2 Due Oct 1
Week 5 Chapters 13 – 15
Week 6 Chapters 16 – 20 Test 3 Due Oct 15
Week 7 Chapters 1 – 3 # 2
Week 8 Chapters 4 – 6 Test 4 Due Oct 29
Week 9 Chapters 7 – 9
Week 10 Chapters 10 – 12 Test 5 Due Nov 12
Week 11 Chapters 13 – 15
Week 12 Appendix 1 to 6 Test 6 Due Nov 30
Final Test = 30 % Final Test Due

 

 

Counseling 702: Relationship Addiction

Instructor:

Fr. Makary Ibrahim (Former Psychiatrist)

E-mail: agapemercy@gmail.com,  Phone: 210-730-3782

Course Description:

This course will provide a deeper understanding of the dependencies of the heart, romance, relationships, and sexual intimacy.

Course Objectives:

The student will learn about:

  • Roots of addictive love
  • Characteristics of addictive love
  • Romance & sex addiction
  • The truth about lust
  • Strategies for long-term change

Required Text:

  1. Is It Love or Is It Addiction: The Book That Changed the Way We Think About Romance and Intimacy by Brenda Schaeffer.  Publisher: Hazelden; Third Edition edition (March 27, 2009)  ISBN-10: 1592857337  ,  ISBN-13: 978-1592857333
  2. 2.      Sex is not the problem lust is by Joshua Harris. Multnomah publishers.   ISBN-10: 1590525191   ,     ISBN-13: 978-1590525197

 

On-Site Lesson Schedule:

            Readings Prior to Arrival:  The first 2 chapters of each book. The Instructor will give an overview of the course and will emphasize the important points.

Grading   Scale:

Test SchedulePercentage of course gradeA+ =  96-100

A- =  90-95

B = 80-89

Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

F = Below 60Test 1 – 6

Final Test60%

40%

Course Requirements:

1. Attending the course’s lectures in the announced conference.

2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.

3. Turning Tests & assignments after the dead line may reduce the score.

4. There will be a comprehensive final exam which will be following all the rest of the work that has been completed and turned in.

 

Distance Learning Lesson Schedule

Week

Lesson

Text Book (Ref # 1)

Test   Schedule
Week   1 Chapters 1 – 2  
Week   2 Chapters 3 – 4   Test   1 Due January 31
Week   3 Chapter 5    
Week   4 Chapter 6   Test   2 Due February 12
Week   5 Chapter 7    
Week   6 Chapter 8   Test   3 Due February 26
Week   7 Chapter 9    
Week   8 Chapter 10   Test   4 Due March 12
  Text   Book (Ref # 2)  
Week   9 Chapters 1 – 3    
Week   10 Chapters 4 – 6   Test   5 Due March 26
Week   11 Chapters 7 – 8    
Week   12 Chapters 9 – 10   Test   6 Due April 9
  Final Test = 40 %   Final Test Due

 

Counseling 701: Hidden Addiction

Instructors:

Mrs. Margo Rizk, M.A., Diploma, Christian Counselor

E-mail: rizkmargo@gmail.com, Phone: 412-793-1868

Fr. Makary Ibrahim,M.D.

Course Description:

This course will provide a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding addictions, in order to develop strategies for coping and empowerment.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, students will:

  • Examine in depth the addictive cycle
  • Addiction to Adrenaline
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Video games and cyber addiction

Required Text:

    1. Healing Life’s Hidden Addictions; Archibald Hart, Ph.D,. Servant Publications, Ann Arbor, Michigan, ISBN: 0-89283-787-X.
    2. Restoring Sexual Identity, hope for women who struggle with same-sex attraction: Anne Paulk. Harvest housepublishers.

ISBN: 978-0-7369-1179-5

On-Site Lesson Schedule:

Readings Prior to Arrival: The first three chapters in Healing Life’s Hidden Addictions The Instructor will give an overview of the course and will emphasize the important points.

Grading Scale: Test Schedule Percentage of course grade
A+ = 96-100A- = 90-95B = 80-89Below 80 will get certificate of attendance Test 1: Reflection paperTest 2: Research paper 40%60%

Course Requirements:

1. Attending the course’s lectures in the announced conference.

2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.

3. The research paper will be due at the end of the semester.

Distance Learning Lesson Schedule

Week Lesson Text Book (Ref # 1) Assignment Test Schedule
Week 1 What are hiding addictions Page 1
Week 2 Addiction and craving Page 23
Week 3 Is there an addictive personality? Page 37
Week 4 The addictive cycle Page 55
Week 5 Obsessions and compulsions Page 73
Week 6 Lifestyle addictions Page 95
Reflection Paper
Week 7 Codependency: Addiction to helping Page 111
Week 8 Addictions to sex and love Page 145
Week 9 Addiction to adrenaline: hurry sickness Page 171
Week 10 Addiction to food Page 191
Week 11 Overcoming your hidden addiction Page 213
Week 12 A theology for self-control Page 237
Research paper

Reflection Paper

  1. Write four pages personal reflection on “Restoring Sexual Identity: hopefor women who struggle with same-sex attraction by Anne Paulk.

Research paper

The paper is to be divided into two parts:

  1. Summary of research about 75% (you demonstrate a knowledge and comprehension of your subject)
  2. Personal analysis about 25% (evaluate the validity of research, drawing conclusions based on your research)

Write a research paper and cover a topic related to any of the hidden addiction that particularly interests you.

Note:

Your paper should be a minimum of five pages and five references (other than the text book).

1. First page is the title page (title, your name, instructor’s name, course name) Page 1

2. Abstract (summary). Page 2

3. Your paper. Page 3, 4, 5

4. Summary or conclusion. Page 6

5. Last page is the reference. Page7.

Counseling 603: Chemical Dependency III

On Site Instructor & Contact Information:

INSTRUCTOR:  YOUSRY ARMANIOS, M.D., M.A.

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  YARMANIOS@HOTMAIL.COM

PHONE NUMBER: 614-327-8289

 

Course Prerequisites: Students who wish to join this course can only be qualified after successful completion of Courses 601 & 602.

Course Objectives: Counseling 603 should help Students comprehend the Basics and Options of Treatment of Substance Abuse and Dependence. Course 603 should deal with the psycho-spiritual, psychosocial and pharmacological aspects of treatment, as well as the relevant methodological outlines that are followed in this regard.

Course Description:

The Course provides actual onsite didactic function in terms of education through Six Introductory Clock Hours of face to face, on-site teaching by the Instructor. Thereafter, teaching has to be completed electronically and/or telephonically as Students begin studying the Assigned Books besides the Reading Articles provided by the Instructor. Passing the course requires a grade of at least 60 out of 100% according to what is detailed below.

A list of other Recommended Books and/or A/V Material shall be available to Students to help them deepen their knowledge about treatment of chemical addiction.

Course Requirements and Grading:

  1. During the must-attend face to face 6 clock hours’ class in the beginning of the course, Students shall be introduced to the Basics and Options of Treatment,      as stated above. They should be familiarized with approaches that target addicted individuals and populations, like Intervention, Screening and Referral.
  2. Students shall meet their biweekly reading assignments through the entire Course by studying the assigned chapters or articles while preparing their list of questions. Questions shall be discussed and answered during the biweekly teleconference with the Instructor.
  3. Regular attendance of these scheduled teleconferences contributes to 50 out of 100% of the final grade. The course should have 7-8 biweekly teleconferences.
  4. A Final Test counts for the other 50% of the final grade.

The multiple-choice-questions (MCQ) Final Test shall immediately follow the last teleconference. All Students should be available to take the Final Test at the same time to insure fairness and confidentiality.

Assigned Books:

  • Drugs in Perspective (Edition 7) By: Richard Fields, Ph.D. (ISBN 978-0073380759)
  • Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps By: Father Meletios Webber (amazon)

Recommended Reference Book:

  1. Double Duty:  Help for the Adult Child By: Claudia Black, Ph.D., M.S.W. (ISBN 978-0345361523)
  2. Breaking the Chains of Addiction By: Victor Mihailoff (amazon)

Counseling 602: Chemical Dependency II

On Site Instructor & Contact Information:

NAME:  YOUSRY ARMANIOS, M.D., M.A.

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  YARMANIOS@HOTMAIL.COM

PHONE NUMBER: 614-327-8289

Course Prerequisites: Students who wish to join this course can only be qualified after successful completion of all basic courses of the Family Ministry Program.

Course Objectives: Counseling 602 should continue introducing Students to understand the basic Epidemiological, Pharmacological and Psychopathological aspects of various Mood Altering Substances along with the most updated information on their addictive patterns and impact on behaviors of individuals and families and the community. Counseling 602 is actually a continuum of Counseling 601.

Course Description:

The Course provides actual onsite didactic function in terms of education through Six Introductory Clock Hours of face to face, on-site teaching by the Instructor and/or his associate. Thereafter, teaching has to be completed electronically and/or telephonically as Students begin studying an Assigned Book and/or Reading Articles provided by the Instructor. Passing the course requires a grade of at least 60 out of 100% according to what is detailed below.

A list of other Recommended Books and A/V Material shall be available to Students to help them deepen their knowledge about substance abuse and chemical dependency.

Course Requirements and Grading:

  1. During the must-attend face to face 6 clock hours’ class in the beginning of the course, Students shall be prepared to learn more about addictive substances from all relevant aspects. Helpful tools, like PowerPoint presentations, will be used during the class.
  2. Students shall meet their biweekly reading assignments through the entire Course by studying the assigned chapters or articles while preparing their list of questions. Questions shall be discussed and answered during the biweekly teleconference with the Instructor or his associate.
  3. Regular attendance of these scheduled teleconferences contributes to 50 out of 100% of the final grade. The Course should include at least 5 biweekly teleconferences.
  4. A Final Test counts for the other 50% of the final grade.

The multiple-choice-questions (MCQ) Final Test shall immediately follow the last teleconference. All Students should be available to take the Final Test at the same time to insure fairness and confidentiality.

Assigned Book:

Drugs in Perspective (Edition 7) By: Richard Fields, Ph.D. (ISBN 978-0073380759)

Recommended Reference Book:

Double Duty: Help for the Adult Child By: Claudia Black, Ph.D., M.S.W. (ISBN 978-0345361523)

Counseling 601: Introduction to Chemical Dependency

On Site Instructor & Contact Information:

NAME:  YOUSRY ARMANIOS, M.D., M.A.

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  YARMANIOS@HOTMAIL.COM

PHONE NUMBER: 614-327-8289

 

Course Prerequisites: Students who wish to join this course can only be qualified after successful completion of all basic courses of the Family Ministry Program.

Course Objectives: Counseling 601 should introduce Students to understand the basic Epidemiological, Pharmacological and Psychopathological aspects of various Mood Altering Substances along with the most updated information on their addictive patterns and impact on behaviors of individuals and families and the community.

Course Description:

The Course provides actual onsite didactic function in terms of education through Six Introductory Clock Hours of face to face, on-site teaching by the Instructor and/or his associate. Thereafter, teaching has to be completed electronically and/or telephonically as Students begin studying an Assigned Book and/or Reading Articles provided by the Instructor. Passing the course requires a grade of at least 60 out of 100% according to what is detailed below.

A list of other Recommended Books and A/V Material shall be available to Students to help them deepen their knowledge about substance abuse and chemical dependency.

Course Requirements and Grading:

  1. During the must-attend face to face 6 clock hours’ class in the beginning of the course, Students shall be prepared to learn the Basics of Chemical Addiction as well as the Stages of Addiction and Dependency. Helpful tools, like movies and PowerPoint presentations, will be used during the class.
  2. Students shall meet their biweekly reading assignments through the entire Course by studying the assigned chapters or articles while preparing their list of questions. Questions shall be discussed and answered during the biweekly teleconference with the Instructor or his associate.
  3. Regular attendance of these scheduled teleconferences contributes to 50 out of 100% of the final grade. The Course should have 5 biweekly teleconferences.
  4. A Final Test counts for the other 50% of the final grade.

The multiple-choice-questions (MCQ) Final Test shall immediately follow the last teleconference. All Students should be available to take the Final Test at the same time to insure fairness and confidentiality.

Assigned Book:

Drugs in Perspective (Edition 7) By: Richard Fields, Ph.D. (ISBN 978-0073380759)

Recommended Reference Book:

Double Duty: Help for the Adult Child By: Claudia Black, Ph.D., M.S.W. (ISBN 978-0345361523)

Counseling 504: Practical Applications of Christian Counseling

Course Description:

This course will allow students to learn and practice counseling techniques, which would make of them better helpers.

Course Objective:

Upon completion of this course, students will be more comfortable with counseling others in both, a personal and a social capacity. Students will learn and practice the purpose of using empathy, silence, questioning, reflecting and paraphrasing to help with their counseling work. Other techniques will also be taught and modeled.

Required Text:

  • The Helping Relationship (Process and Skills) Lawrence M. Brammer
  • The Art of Helping (Lauren Littauer Briggs)
  • Additional Reading Material: The Bible; Verses related to Christian counseling will be assigned and practiced. Additional articles assigned by Instructor. Case scenario’s related to all forms of addiction and mental health.
  • Reading Assignments:  Students to read 1 chapter each week as assigned.

Weekly practice sessions:

1)    Students will practice skills for 30 minutes each week via phone.

  1. An important part of counseling and attaining these skills accurately is through a face to face and in person process.  It is difficult to pick up on some cues over a phone conference when there are multiple people on the phone.  It is also difficult to pick up on body language cues.  My suggestion would be to cover this in the on-site portion of the class.

2)     Students will alternate practice both being the helper and helpee as assigned.

3)    Students will be assigned a practice partner for the semester

Final Exam:

Student will prepare a 30 minute practice session video with a partner.  In this video, student must demonstrate these counseling skills:

1)    Use of Empathy

  1. Explain how empathy should be accurate and genuine
  2. Explain the limits of self-disclosure

2)    Reflective Statements

  1. Explain why this is helpful and when it would not be helpful

3)    Use of Silence

  1. In my experience people are the most uncomfortable with this one because of the nature of how we interact in our lives outside of counseling
  2. Explain the crucial benefits of this and what to do if the silence gets too long.  For example, I once saw a teen who wanted to be silent the entire session because she was forced to see me by her mother.  This was her protest!  What do you do in this case?  Explain…

4)    Use of Paraphrasing

  1. Explain the difference between this and reflective statements and how the benefit is also different.

5)    Use of Interpretation

  1. Explain how this helps to clarify and to join with the client

6)    Clarification and Leading questions.

7)    I would also add how building rapport is important and necessary and ways to do this explaining that without rapport in the therapeutic relationship little else can be accomplished.

8)    Also one of your required books above is about process.  Explain thoroughly the difference between process and outcome and why both are essential for growth in the client

9)    I would discuss things like cognitive dissonance, transference, countertransference and how these may be useful to recognize

10)  Also important to discuss that once you have the techniques down it is not enough to just use them.  You need to use evidence-based treatments to deal with the issues at hand.  While the specifics of this may be beyond the scope of this class students should be made aware of this as well so as not to just “dispense advice” that may seem good without any real research to back it up.

11)  Also explain how some of these skills build upon others…

-Practice Partner will rate the Helper based on the above skills. (Written Assessment) I would assign the students videos of people doing these methods accurately and correctly so they see examples before they do the examples.

  • -Instructor will grade video session and give feedback to students.
  • -Helper will describe their session experience and identify their strong skills while also addressing skills they need to work more on. (Written Assessment)

Course Requirement:

  • Weekly Practice Sessions: 40% of Grade
  • Final Exam/Written Assessment: 60%
  • Students must be present for all practice sessions, on site teaching and Have Final Exam on due date.

Extra Credit: available on a case by case basis

Good luck!  This has always been one of favorite classes!  I have enjoyed teaching it so much to university Master’s level students and enjoyed it also when I took it in graduate school!  Enjoy!

Counseling 503: Introduction to Positive Psychology and Implications for Addiction

Instructor: Christine E. Agaibi, MA (ABD – PhD Candidate Counseling Psychology)

Email: cagaibi1@yahoo.com

Phone: 216.338.7277 (Cell)

Course Description: Course is designed to familiarize students (lay Christian helpers) with the fundamentals of Positive Psychology and the positive aspects of the human experience.  Students will learn about the history of positive psychology and interventions and application to this psychological construct.  Students will learn the research and application of fundamental topics such as happiness, well-being, resilience, post-traumatic growth, values, strengths.  Students will explore how interventions of positive psychology can be applied to addictions and how we can better understand ourselves and the people we interact with through a positive psychology lens.  Students will also learn about the impact and implications for increasing well-being.

Course Objective:

  • Learning what is positive psychology?
  • Learning the fundamentals of Positive Psychology
  • Understanding the role of emotions
  • Understanding the fundamentals of well-being and happiness
  • Understanding positive psychology interventions
  • Examining how this could be applied to addiction

Required Text:

Positive Psychology: Theory, Research, and Applications – By Kate Hefferon and Ilona Boniwell

(2011).  ISBN-10: 0335241956 | ISBN-13: 978-0335241958

 

Other Articles may be required and will be distributed as necessary by the instructor

 

Suggested Text:

Introducing Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide – By: Bridget Grenville-Cleave

(2012).  ISBN-10: 1848312776  ISBN-13: 978-1848312777

 

Assignments:

 

Phone Meetings will be every Wednesday at 9pm EST.  If there is a scheduling conflict we will reschedule to some other day in that same week.  For each week, each chapter listed is what you should have read BEFORE the call to discuss and ask questions for that week’s call.  While some of the call will be dedicated to lecture and review of the material, the purpose of the call is to answer your questions and have a discussion about the topic listed for that week.  Please have the material listed for the week read by Wednesday’s call.

 

Call #: (712) 432-3900

Conference Access Code: 176244#

 

There will be THREE Reaction/Reflection Papers Due throughout the course that are 2-3 pages long at 20 points each.  The will be reflections of the weeks prior to when it is due.  For example the paper due the week of 1.28.13 will be reflections of material covered in 1.14 and 1.21.13 weeks.  Reflections should be about thoughts or questions you ponder when you have read and reflected about the topic.  I will also provide a question or two as a launch point for you to consider when writing your paper.

 

There will be a final exam due the last week of class that reflects the ENTIRE semester.  It will be worth 40 points and will consist of 35 multiple choice questions at one point each (35 questions x 1pt each = 35 points) + ONE SHORT ESSAY questions worth 5 points = 40 Total Points.

 

Semester Points:

Reflection Paper 1 – 20pts.

Reflection Paper 2 – 20pts.

Reflection Paper 3 – 20pts.

FINAL Exam         – 40pts. (35+5)

————-

 TOTAL                   100pts.

Schedule:

Week 1 – 1.14.13 – What is Positive Psychology and why do we need to study this (Call 1.16.13)

Week 2 – 1.21.13 – Read “Why are some people happier than others?” – By Sonja Lyubomirsky

                                 Read “Positive Psychology: An Introduction” – By Martin Seligman & Mihaly

Csikszentmihalyi (Call 1.23.13)

Week 3 – 1.28.13 – Reflection 1 Paper Due – 20 Points – Read Chapter 1 (Call 1.30.13)

Week 4 – 2.4.13 – Read Chapter 2 (Call 2.6.13)

Week 5 – 2.11.13 – Read Chapter 3 – Diversity and Positive Psychology (Call 2.13.13)

Week 6 – 2.18.13 – Read Chapter 4 (Call 2.20.13)

Week 7 – 2.25.13 – Reflection Paper 2 Due – 20 Points Read Chapter 5 (Call 2.27.13)

Week 8 – 3.4.13 – Read Chapter 6 (Call 3.6.13)

Week 9 – 3.11.13 – Read Chapter 7 (Call 3.13.13)

Week 10 – 3.18.13 – Reflection Paper 3 Due – 20 Points – Read Chapter 8 (Call 3.20.13)

Week 11 – 3.25.13 – Read Chapter 9 (Call 3.27.13)

Week 12 – 4.1.13 – Read Chapter 10  & Applying to Addiction (Call 4.3.13)

Week 13 – 4.8.13 – Read Chapter 11 (Call 4.10.13)

Week 14 – 4.15.13 – FINAL EXAM Due 4.17.13 – 40 Points

 

Grading Scale:

>93 = A

90-93 = A-

87-89 = B+

84-86 = B

80-83 – B-

,80 = C/Certificate of Attendance

Counseling 502: Advanced Course in Counseling Skills

Counselor:MARY MICHAIL, MA. LPC. NCC.

Home Phone 248.629.5152, Cell Phone 248.762.6748,

Email: marymichail@hotmail.com

Course Description: This advanced course will allow students to apply counseling skills they have previously learned. The purpose of this course is intended to help students by allowing them regular practice and supervision of their counseling abilities. By doing so, students will gain a better awareness of how to handle multiple cases/problems more efficiently. This course will also increase student’s knowledge of their counseling weaknesses and strengths.

Course Objective:

Upon completion of this course, students will be more comfortable with counseling others both in a personal and social capacity. Students will learn, practice and receive supervision and feedback about their skills.

Required Text:

  • The Helping Relationship (Process and Skills) Lawrence M. Brammer (8th addition)
  • The Art of Helping (Lauren Littauer Briggs)
  • Additional Reading Material: Bible, verses related to Christian counseling will be assigned and practiced. Additional articles assigned by Instructor. Case scenario’s related to all forms of addiction and mental health.
  • Reading Assignments: Students to read 1 chapter each week as assigned.

Weekly practice sessions:

  1. Students will practice skills for 30 minutes each week via phone or internet.
  2. Students will alternate practice both being the helper and helpee as assigned.
  3. Students will be assigned a practice partner for the semester.

Final Exam:

Student will prepare a 30 minute practice session video with a partner. In this video, student must demonstrate these counseling skills:

  1. Use of Empathy
  2. Reflective Statements
  3. Use of Silence
  4. Use of Paraphrasing
  5. Use of Interpretation
  6. Clarification and Leading questions.

-Practice Partner will rate the Helper based on the above skills. (Written Assessment)

  • -Instructor will grade video session and give feedback to students.
  • -Helper will describe their session experience and identify their strong skills while also addressing skills they need to work more on. (Written Assessment)

Course Requirement:

  • Weekly Practice Sessions: 30% of Grade
  • Self Assessment Paper 20% of Grade
  • Final Exam/Written Assessment: 50% of Grade
  • Students must be present for all practice sessions, on site teaching and Have Final Exam on due date.

Extra Credit available on a case by case basis.

Counseling 501: Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Perspectives on Addiction Family Ministry Advanced Program

Instructor: Christine E. Agaibi, M.A. (ABD) (Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology)

Email: cagaibi1@yahoo.com

Required Text:

1) Handbook for Christ-Centered Substance Abuse and Addiction Counselors – By Michael Belzman, PhD – Xulon Press – 2010 – ISBN-9781609578091

2) Combining Medication and Psychosocial Treatments for Addictions – The Brenda Approach – By Joseph Volpiccelli, Helen Pettinati, A. Thomas McLellan, and Charles P. O’Brien – The Guilford Press 2001 – ISBN – 1-57230-618-1

Supplemental Material will be supplied by the instructor throughout the course.

Important and Useful Website: www.samhsa.gov – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration

Course Description:

This is a survey course, which covers biological, social, psychological, and spiritual perspectives on addiction in four modules. This course will examine a holistic view of addictions as well as interventions and positive psychological and spiritual interventions.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand fundamentals of addiction.
  2. Understanding biological perspective on addiction
  3. Understanding psychological perspective on addiction
  4. Understanding social perspectives on addiction
  5. Understanding spiritual perspective on addiction.
  6. Understanding interventions (spiritual and positive psychology interventions)
  7. Understand God’s grace related to the biopsychosocial and spiritual model on addiction

Course Requirements:

Each student is responsible for reading all the material required throughout the course including text and other material provided by the instructor. The books are a great resource and provide a lot of information. Lectures will not focus on every detail of the book. Instead lecture will highlight what is most important to focus on and will include a discussion as well. Therefore, using the text as further background to what is presented in lecture is wise but lecture will focus on what is most important and thus it is important to attend conference calls to focus your study.

Each student is also responsible for turning in assignments and completing exams on time. Each assignment will be worth 20 points. There will be a 2-3 page reaction paper due at the end of each module and one multiple choice final exam at the end of the semester. To write the reaction papers, you will be prompted by some questions and then you are free to write about that topic. The exam will cover the entire course and will be 40 questions (1/2 point per question)

Grading Scale:

A+ = 96-100

A- = 90-95

B = 80-89

Below 80 will get a certificate of attendance

Reaction Papers – 15 points each (4 papers for 60% of Grade)

Final Exam – 40 points (35 questions @ 1point each; 1 SHORT Essay @ 5 points) (40% of grade)

Late Assignments will be deducted ½ point per day later

Off Site Conference Call Schedule:

Calls will be made once a week for the duration of the semester according to the following schedule (see schedule below with dates). Students are expected to make time for the 1-1.5 hour calls once per week. Approximately one hour will be dedicated to lecture and/or setting up discussion questions which will then be immediately followed up with no more than half an hour for students to ask questions or contribute to discussion. All calls will be at 9:00 pm EST on THURSDAYS. If you are unable to make a call it is your responsibility to obtain the material for that lecture/discussion that you missed. Please let me know if you are unable to make it. There will be no conference calls on the weeks of May 31, 2012 and August 2, 2012 due to conflicts with my (instructor) schedule. Exams (and papers) are due to the instructor on the due date by 11:59pm via email. Dates are listed below for each week. For conference calls FMP has set up the following conference call information:

Call #: (712) 432-3900

Conference Access Code: 176244#

Schedule:

At St. Stephen Retreat Center – Memorial Day weekend 2012 – Sunday May 27, 2012

? Introductions

? What brought you to this class – what do you hope to learn

? Your experiences with addiction

? Introduction to Course on Addiction

? What are addictions?

o What is the difference between abuse and dependence?

o What is tolerance

o What is withdrawal

? What is the DSM IV Definition

? DSM 5 Axis

? Types of addiction

? Prevalence and Statistics

? Why do people turn to addiction?

? Is it a disease, a sin, a bad choice? All the above?

? Stages of change

? Overview of course

o Why are we examining a Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Model to Addiction?

o What do each of these categories mean?

o How can I be effective?

Week 1-2 – Biological Understanding of Addiction – Week of May 28 and June 4

? Call on ________

? Reaction paper Due 2 days after call

? Belzman p.184-294

? Volpicelli et al., p.40, 43 (Biological Evaluation section), 77-78

? I will also have a handout for you that I will email you

Week 3-4 – Psychological Understanding of Addiction – Week of June 11 and June 18

? Call on _________and _________

? Reaction paper Due 2 days after call

? Belzman p. 295-328 (Chapter 9 &10) Do you agree with Belzman’s perspective

? Volpicelli et al., p. 41, 44-45 (Psychological Evaluation Section) Chapter 5 & 6, and 78-82

? I will send you the central tenets of psychotherapy theory and you can apply this to addiction in your reaction paper.

Week 4-5 – Social Understanding of Addiction – Week of June 25 and July 2

? Call on ____________ & _____

? Reaction paper Due 2 days after call

? Belzman p. 127-183 (Chapter 7)

? Volpicelli et al., p. 41-42, 46, 72-77

? Handouts

Week 6-7 – Spiritual Perspective of Addiction – Week July 9 and July 16

? Call on ____ and _______

? Reaction Paper Due 2 days after call

? Belzman p.19-47 & 67-77

? Volpicelli et al., p.

? Handouts

Week 8-9 – Treatment, Prevention, Recover, Psychological and Spiritual Interventions, BRENDA Model – Week of July 23 and July 30

? Call on _____

? Belzman p. 349-414, Chapter 1, Chapter 3

? Volpicelli et al., p. Chapter 7, 10, 11

? Handouts

Week 10 – Ethics, Privacy, and Other Final Considerations – Week of August 6

? Call on __________

? FINAL EXAM DISTRIBUTED THIS WEEK

? Belzman p. 329-348

? Volpicelli et al., p. Chapter 5,6, 9

? Handouts

FINAL EXAM –