Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2018 Course Syllabus

DAAC-1309-50 - Assess Skill Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions

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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 Number11565
Course Description Exploration of procedures and tools used to identify and assess a client's problems, strengths, deficits, and needs.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks None
All information will be provided in class

Course Material Information:
Required Text:
The KSA document outlining the Competencies for these Practice Dimensions will be provided in class as well as online.

Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, And Attitudes of Professional Practice, Technical Assistance Publication Series 21, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999. (Download from or call 1-800-729-6686).

Handouts for Following Competencies will be given out and utilized in class on an ongoing basis.
1) Screening
2) Assessment
3) Treatment Planning
4) Referral
5) Progress Notes
And an
6) Ethics presentation
Attendance Policy Attendance Policy
Research has shown a strong positive relationship between attendance, participation and college success. I strongly suggest regular participation in this course, both mental and physical.
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
Course Grading Scale same as above
Determination of Final Grade Grading:
Grading will be based on Following:
Test Grades:            25%
Demonstration of Skills    25%
Blackboard assignments    25%
Participation/Attendance    25%
Final Exam Date May 7, 2018 - 5:30 PM   Through  May 7, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Major Assignments Week        Date    Basic Curriculum Topic    Format for Class
1        1/16    Introduction, Syllabus, Course Outline, blackboard Orientation ; Introduction to Concepts Screening, Assessment, Treatment Planning, & Documentation
Screening: Competencies 24-32    Lecture In Class
2        1/23    Treatment Process and Purpose ; Interviewing Skills    Lecture In Class
3        1/30    Online Discussion Board, Reading Assignment, Power Point, or Video Viewing    Online
4        2/6    Online Discussion Board, Reading Assignment, Power Point, or Video Viewing    Online
5        2/13    Screening Practice    Lecture In Class
6        2/20    Assessment Forms and Practice    Lecture In Class
7        2/27    Online Discussion Board, Reading Assignment, Power Point, or Video Viewing    Online
8        3/6    Test    Lecture In Class
9        3/13    SPRING BREAK     
10        3/20    Treatment Planning Documentation     Lecture In Class
11        3/27    Treatment planning assignment with case study    Online
12        4/3    Ethics: Competencies 37-48    Lecture In Class
13        4/10    Ethics Case studies/Discussion Boards    Online
14        4/17    Ethics Test    In Class
15        4/24    Screening/Assessment/Treatment Planning Practice    In Class
16        5/1    Review and reading/ Case Assignment    Online
17        5/8    Screening/Assessment/Treatment Planning Presentation / Final Exam    In Class
Spring 2018
DAAC 1309 Assessment and Ethics
Tuesday 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Calendar – Subject to change based on progress of class

Case study will be part of this course; You will develop a Screening, Assessment, Treatment plan, and Discharge plan based on a case

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 Description:
The special skills and techniques required in the assessment process and Ethical Responsibilities of the profession of addiction counseling. The course will cover the 3 Main functions of Practice Dimension 1; Screening, Assessment, and treatment planning as well as Practice Dimension VII Covering Professional and Ethical Responsibilities.

Exploration of procedures and tools used to identify and assess a client's problems, strengths, deficits, and needs.
Course Student Learning Outcomes Goals:
It is the goal of this course to familiarize the student with essential aspects of addiction treatment, understand the functions of the professional counselor and be able to discuss aspects of treatment to other professionals.

Learning Objectives:
All completers will be able to:
- Identify various screening instruments

- Identify and use techniques such as attending behaviors, empathy confrontation, self-disclosure, assertion training, relaxation training, cognitive restructuring, social learning, and behavioral contracting.
- Be knowledgeable of the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA’s) of Addiction Counseling
- Understand and apply setting-specific policies and procedures for handling crisis or dangerous situation, including safety measures for clients and staff
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.
Additional Information See syllabus for additional 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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