Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice (Module 1) (3 hours)

John Tinsley



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Course Summary and Description

This course is based on information found in the manual Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice (TAP 21) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This manual is DHHS publication No. (SMA) 08-4171 and can be obtained free of charge from the DHHS.

This course (Module) is the first of two Modules that provide information for substance abuse and addiction counselors to evaluate counseling curricula, advise students, and assess counseling proficiencies. TAP 21 identifies 123 competencies that are paramount to counselors in the field of psychoactive substance use disorders. In addition, the knowledge, skills, and attitudes counselors need to become fully proficient in each competency are outlined.

Module 1 encompasses roughly the first half of TAP 21, through Section 2, Practice Dimension III (Referral).

Course Goals and Objectives

The goals/objectives for this course are for the student to understand:

• Transdisciplinary foundations
• Addiction
• Treatment knowledge
• Professional readiness
• Clinical evaluation
• Treatment planning
• Referral

About the Instructor:

Dr. John H. Tinsley is a former assistant professor of Medical Physiology at the Texas A&M University System College of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; M.S. from the University of North Carolina; and his B.S. from the University of Oklahoma.

He has been teaching, training, consulting and conducting research in the fields of Medical Physiology and Behavioral Biology for over twenty-nine years. Dr. Tinsley has authored over twenty-five professional and refereed articles, including invited reviews. He has been a member of the American Society for Physiology, and work done in 2001 led to an international award from The European Society on Microcirculation. Dr. Tinsley has received research funding from the Veteran’s Administration, American Heart Association, and Scott and White Hospital. In addition, he has served on numerous review committees for national grant-funding agencies and scientific journals.

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