UMASS BOSTON (COUNSELING SPRING 2012) MyEducation
In the State of New Hampshire, in order for me to maintain my Master Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor lisensure, I am required-by-law to acquire an additional 30 credit hours of education specific to co-occurring mood disorders. The reason being, those who are licensed as Master Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselors are licensed to treat co-occurring mood disorder (e.g., depression, anxiety, etc.) in conjunction with substance abuse.
For those of you who know my work, you know that for me and the MyDiscover Model and its Select Emotional Alternatives Cognitive Application that I have nurtured through my research in clinical practice, the platform is: Those who lack perspectives of substance abuse substances for the experience of substance. What you do is compensatory to that end, desire, goal. The drive behind this compensatory nature is the human condition. The human condition is a wanting condition never satisfied. Wanting of what, wanting of competence and independence. No one seeks the alternative: incompetence and dependence.
As I learn, discover, I will share on this platform. My hope is to embrace this situation as an opportunity to maximize that which Carl Rogers (1969) purports as a natural propensity, and that is to learn.
During this Spring Semester (2012) I took the following courses:
1. Family Therapy
2. Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling
3. Current trends in addiction
During the Summer 2012 Semester I took the following two courses:
1. Substance abuse in the family.
During the Fall 2012 semester I took the following course:
1. Assessment & Evaluations
Three questions linger in my mind as I list the three courses.
First, I the medium of abuse the glue that holds families together or is it the antagonist to the family breaking apart?
Second, Are feelings the product of executive functioning or the outcrop to emotional capabilities?
Is addiction really a disease or the result of altering ones brain functioning?