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Integrated Approaches to Addiction and Mental Health Work

Course Code AMHW-103
Lecture hours per week 3
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open

In this foundation course, students will begin to link theory with practice in addiction and mental health work, demonstrating that how we understand addiction determines how we will respond to it. Students will reflect on their own ‘theories’ of addiction and mental health, and will use this self-reflection as a starting point for discussion of key theoretical frameworks in the addiction and mental health field. Students will describe and contrast these theories through the lens of an anti-oppressive practice (AOP) framework. In the second half of the course, students will apply their self-reflection and learning to encompass a multidimensional theory of addiction and mental health that takes into account biological, psychological, social (which includes cultural and spiritual dimensions), and structural factors. By the end of the course, students will be able to position addiction and mental health problems within a number of intersecting causes and influences, with a range of individual, social and social-structural interventions and possible responses.