Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) at College of San Mateo
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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Certificate of Achievement: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:
  1. Recognize behavioral, psychological, health, and social effects of psychoactive substances on the user and the user's family, friends, associates and community.
  2. Identify a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance abuse and the importance of research and outcome data and their application to clinical practice.
  3. Describe the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention and continuing care for addiction and other substance-related problems, including those for incarcerated persons.
  4. Define the basic metabolic and neurological processes involved in psychoactive drug use, including synergistic effects and risk factors.
  5. Appropriately diagnose substance use disorders and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
  6. Use appropriate treatment methods, using concepts and strategies of family systems, and chemically dependent family systems theories, including cultural competent counseling to engage clients and to direct and support their progress through treatment.