Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2018 Course Syllabus

DAAC-1305-50 - Co-Occurring Disorders

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Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2018
InstructorArrington, Kimberly Dawn
Phone(409) 984-6382
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
Building:Allied Health (AH)
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Course Information
Course Number11714
Course Description Because many individuals suffering from addiction disorder also suffer from mental illness, substance abuse professionals frequently encounter clients with psychological symptoms and problems related to their substance abuse. This course will provide the student with an understanding of co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders, how such individuals are treated and how case management is conducted. The course meets drug specific course content required by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a drug specific core course required meeting state Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) requirements.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Treating Co-Occuring Disorders; Handbook for mental Health and Substance Abuse Professionals. Henrickson et al

Other web based information and handouts will be provided or you will be required to look up specific websites on your own for this course.

Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders; A Treatment Improvement Protocol, TIP 42, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services,, 2004, 1-800-729-6686. This manual is FREE at: 1-800-729-6686.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a strong positive relationship between attendance, participation and college success. I strongly suggest regular participation in this course.
1. Students on campus but not in class are considered absent.
2. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence.
3. Excused absences include hospitalization of you or an immediate family member, participation in a college event, or a religious holy day. Prior notification to me for pending absences due to college events or religious holy days is required. Documentation of hospitalization is required.

The student is ultimately responsible for his/her own learning and professional growth, what you put into it is what you will get out of it! It is your responsibility to conduct a realistic self-appraisal of what you personally need to master and how you can best attain it. Challenge yourself to grow as an individual and a professional. Please respect the confidentiality of the classroom and discussions that are held.

**Attendance in this course will include dates that a web based assignment is being given. Log in dates and times will be utilized to verify attendance. In most cases the blackboard assignments are locked after the posted due time and date and you will not have access without contacting me to open it back up for access. Late assignments, either in class or online, are counted off 10 points for every day they are late. Only Medical excuses, or other excused absences will be considered as valid reasons for late work.
Course Grading Scale
Determination of Final Grade Grading:
Grading will be based on Following:
Test Grades:            60%
Blackboard assignments    20%
Participation/Attendance    20%
Final Exam Date May 7, 2018 - 5:30 PM   Through  May 7, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Major Assignments Spring 2018
DAAC 1305 Co-Occurring Disorders
Monday 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Calendar – Subject to change based on progress of class

Week      Date     Basic Curriculum Topic     Format for Class
1        MLK Holiday    No Class
2    1/22    Intro/Syllabus
Module 2 Terms Definitions for Co-Occurring disorders’ DSM V     In Class Lecture
3    1/29    Introduction to Main MH Diagnosis
Module 4A; Chapter 5;
Screening and Assessment for DDX    In Class Lecture
4    2/5    Reading / Discussion Board
Module 4A; Chapter 5;
Screening and Assessment for DDX    Online
5    2/12    Reading / Discussion Board
Module 5A& 5B; Module 6B,6C Module 7    Online
6    2/19    Test    In class
7    2/26    Text book Chapter 3&4; Module 8, 9    In Class Lecture
8    3/5    Chapter 3&4; Module 8, 9    Online
9    3/12    Spring Break    No Class
10    3/19    Videos / Case Studies    Online
11    3/26    Identification of Possible MH Disorder Practice    In Class Lecture
12    4/2    Test    In Class Lecture
13    4/9    Building a Treatment Plan for DDX    Online
14    4/16    Videos/Reading / Case Studies    Online
15    4/23    Case Studies     Online
15    04/30    Review    In Class Lecture
16    5/7    Final Exam    In Class
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates See above
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Course Goals and Objectives:
It is the goal of this course to provide students with an understanding of co-occurring disorders and their impact on the individual, the family and the community. The individual will be aware of the complexities’ of treating individuals with substance use disorder and psychiatric disorders.

This course provides students with an understanding of co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and their impact on the individual, family and community. We will focus on where the field is in regard to treating these disorders, on the assessment and screening for co-occurring disorders, integrating substance abuse treatment and mental health services, working with clients with co-occurring disorders, treatment settings, the most common mental disorders seen in substance abuse treatment, substance abuse induced mental disorders, common medications used for treating individuals with co-occurring disorders, and strategies for working with clients with co-occurring disorders. The course meets drug specific course content required by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a drug specific core course required meeting state Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) requirements.
Course Student Learning Outcomes Course Learning objectives
1. Explain the psychological underpinnings and effects of social stigma in mental health illnesses and diagnosing.
2. Compare and contrast treatment systems and identify how treatment systems and treatment teams can be effective.
3. Learn how to identify various symptoms of mental disorders and their diagnostic terms.
4. Understand how mental disorders effect adolescents and their family's system.
5. Learn how to identify personality disorders and addiction disorders.

Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Describe the philosophical conflicts and stigma accompanying dual diagnosis
2. Identify the different factors accompanying the need for integrated treatment systems and comprehensive care for dually diagnosed clients to include recovery systems;.
3. Identify the presenting symptoms and characteristics of individuals with psychiatric disorders
4. Describe special issues in working with adolescents and families of dually diagnosed clients.
5. Identify personality disorders commonly co-occurring with chemical dependency.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    CONFIDENTIALITY: These classes prepare you for a career in counseling. Some class discussions will deal with confidential material of yours and other students. Privileged information that is shared may under NO CIRCUMSTANCES be repeated or shared outside the classroom. Written materials, your own feelings and insights may be shared. CAUTION: IF YOU ARE NOT SURE, KEEP THE TRUST!

    The student is ultimately responsible for his/her own learning and professional growth, what you put into it is what you will get out of it! It is your responsibility to conduct a realistic self-appraisal of what you personally need to master and how you can best attain it. Challenge yourself to grow as an individual and a professional.

    Personal Confidentiality: It is expected that this class will contain information that at times will be of a personal nature to many students. Some students may wish to share their personal experience as it relates to topics and counseling. It is also expected that all students will maintain the dignity and respect of any personal stories shared within the group. I will be available to any student who wishes to discuss private matters regarding material in class. If you feel you need professional counseling services, the College has a counseling center available to students, or I can furnish a referral for you.

    It is Expected that all students will respect the confidentiality of the classroom and discussions that are held.

    ADA Statement:

    Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible. These conditions may include documented physical or educational disabilities. Please be aware that services of accommodations are not automatic. Each student must request then and secure the proper authorizations.

    Academic Honesty

    Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are not only violations of the college system and the rules of this class, but are unethical and unprofessional. In this class, students found guilty of academic dishonesty will receive a 0 for that assignment or an F for the course. Individuals found guilty for unprofessional behavior will not be allowed to return to the class. If you are no longer allowed to return to the class then you may receive an F or a W for the course.

Additional Information See syllabus in Blackboard for any other course specific information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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