ALDAC 204 Chem Dep Adolescent Assessment and Treatment • 2 Cr.


Examines the similarities and differences between adolescent and adult onset of addiction, various treatment models and developmental delay. Includes practice with adolescent specific diagnostic and patient placement criteria. Prerequisite: ALDAC 102 and HSSA& 101 and permission of program chair.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate use of established diagnostic criteria for substance abuse related disorders and patient placement criteria for adolescents and how they differ from those applied to adults
  • Describe variety of accepted counseling theories and strategies used in different treatment modalities with adolescents
  • Demonstrate ability to self assess potential personal limitations associated with delivering clinical services to adolescents
  • Describe patterns of substance use behaviors in adolescents and how they differ from adult substance users
  • Demonstrate ability to teach adolescents accepted and effective relapse prevention strategies designed for youth