PCN 501 Grand Canyon All Week Discussions
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 1
Review the United States substance abuse policies. How does the current political climate affect changes in policies? Provide details, examples, and supporting evidence.
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 2
This week you studied various theories of addiction and learned about the human body’s reaction to substances. With all the scientific knowledge we now have about addiction, why is there more than one etiology of addiction? Provide an explanation in your response.
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 1
Explain the importance of a substance use disorders counselor having an understanding of tolerance and withdrawal.
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 2
In many states marijuana is now legal for certain medical purposes. Identify some clinical issues that may now present themselves as a result of this. What if you have a client who is addicted to alcohol and narcotics, who is also using marijuana to help with chronic pain? How might you address this situation?
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 1
There are numerous screening instruments available to help counselors assess and diagnose substance use disorders. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using standardized instruments to assess and diagnose clients?
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 2
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) provides diagnostic criteria for substance-related diagnoses. What problems can arise if a counselor relies solely on this criterion for diagnostic purposes? Support your answer with evidence.
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 1
Describe the importance of having family involved in the treatment process for substance use disorders.
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 2
Describe the different levels of care for the treatment of substance use disorders.
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 1
Discuss why integrating coordinated treatments for co-occurring disorders is important. Provide examples to support your discussion.
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 2
It is known that patients with dual disorders often experience more severe and chronic medical, social, and emotional problems. Why is this so?
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 1
What is the importance of confidentiality in a group? How can a counselor ensure confidentiality within and outside of the group format?
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 2
Why is it important for substance use disorders counselors to know what happens in support groups? How could this knowledge benefit treatment?
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 1
How does cultural awareness affect counseling intervention? Provide examples and evidence within your answer to justify your rationale.
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 2
What additional preparation or education would you need to effectively treat the following: Families, adolescents, persons of color, persons from different religious groups, the LGBT population, persons with disabilities, etc.? Why is this preparation/education important? Do you foresee any challenges in obtaining this preparation/education?
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 8 Discussion 1
How do coping strategies help clients prevent relapse? Present two examples of coping strategies and justify their effectiveness
PCN 501 Grand Canyon Week 8 Discussion 2
What is a client’s support system, and how is it important in preventing relapse?