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Course ID: ASD280
Title: Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Practicum
Modality: Hybrid
Credit Hours: 6.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 13591

Term: Fall 2014

Start Date: 10/13/2014

Weeks: 14

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: Lisa Aumack

Course Materials

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (1994). Treatment for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse: Opportunities for Coordination (Chapter 4: Screening and Assessment ). DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 94-2075.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice. Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) Series 21. DHHS Publication No. (SMA 08-4171). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2006, reprinted 2007 and 2008 Digital and hard copies of these publications can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Web site at no cost.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Opportunity for advanced students to use his/her developed knowledge and skills in an applied setting with supervision.
Official Course Prerequisites
ASD275 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Department or Division.

Course Note: ASD280 may be repeated for a total of twelve (12) credit hours.

Official Course Competencies
  1. Explain the philosophy and mission of the host agency and the specific policies and procedures for the placement setting.
  2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of the practicum student in the host agency.
  3. Demonstrate basic skills in dealing with the addicted client.
  4. Perform basic assessment functions as outlined by the host agency.
  5. As a member of a clinical team, assess client needs and develop an individualized treatment plan.
  6. Implement a planned course of treatment based on a clinical team assessment.
  7. As a member of a clinical team, evaluate treatment plans and make adjustments.
  8. Observe and record client-related data and information in written form which meets legal and professional standards.
  9. Demonstrate skills required to handle a crisis or emergency.
  10. Assess and evaluate needs of special population clients.

Course Requirements

  1. You must complete all assignments in the course to receive a passing grade. All assignments must be submitted by their due date, unless you submit an online Request for Due Date Extension with an explanation for the delay.
  2. Examinations: There are no examinations in this course.
  3. You must complete a 240-hour addictions practicum work experience. Your practicum work experience must include activities related to addictions counseling, including screening, asssessment, counseling, case management, case staffing, and clinical documentation. These activities must be conducted under the supervision of a licensed independent behavioral health practitioner who serves as your on-site supervisor for the practicum course. Licensed independent behavioral health practitioners include psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed nurse practitioners, and masters level professionals licensed at the independent level (LMFT, LPC, LISAC, and LISW).
  4. Remember that this is a six credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.
  5. Each Rio Salado practicum student is required to obtain individual liability insurance coverage prior to beginning the practicum placement. The minimum coverage required is $1 million per claim and $3 million aggregate. An insurance affidavit or confirmation of coverage must be submitted to your Rio Salado ASD280 practicum instructor, including copies of the pages that identify coverage limits, dates of coverage, and limits of liability.
  6. Note: Keep a copy of all mail-in assignments.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

In order to receive credit (P), you must complete all course work at a passing level. It is your responsibility to request advisement concerning the transferability of a grade of P or Z.

Please note: Extra credit is not available for this course.

Final Grade Options

Note to Students: This course is a P/Z (Pass/Fail) Course.

To receive a Credit P grade, students must complete all course work, including exams, and attend all required meetings. A P grade is judged to be equivalent to a grade of C or higher. A No-Credit Z grade will be awarded for course work that is judged to be below the grade of C.

Withdrawal - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the "Last Date to Withdraw" indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.

Instructors are unable to process withdrawals on behalf of a student. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

Before withdrawing, students should consider contacting their instructor and/or Rio's Counseling Services to see what options are available to help them stay in class.

STUDENTS – STOP Before You Drop! A withdrawal request is irrevocable, and may affect future Financial Aid, Visa status, Veteran benefit eligibility, scholarship eligibility and may delay graduation. Please be sure that it is the right option for you before submission.


Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are from collections licensed by Rio Salado College.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

In accordance with Rio Salado College and Maricopa Community College District policies, all students should have equal access to course materials and technology. Please contact the Disability Resources and Services Office prior to the start date of your course at 480-517-8562 if you have any of the following needs:

  • you are a student requiring an academic adjustment due to a documented disability (as protected by The Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act)

  • you are experiencing difficulty accessing course materials because of a disability

  • you are pregnant or parenting and would like to discuss possible academic adjustments (as protected under Title IX)


1 Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulation 2.8.1:

2 Rio Salado College Disability Resources and Services website:


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Conduct & Community Standards team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.

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