Course Description

 Course Description

Welcome to Drugs & Alcohol in Schools, an interactive computer-based instruction course, designed to give you a more comprehensive understanding of alcohol, drugs, and their influences in your classroom. Drugs & Alcohol in Schools provides a contextual framework for understanding what students may be experiencing through their own substance use or the impact of substance use around them.  The course provides a basic historical perspective of substance use along with descriptions of biological, psychological, and social factors that comprise the disease of addiction.  This program will help you better understand a multitude of complex dynamics that contribute to this biological and social phenomenon.

This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found, in the Help section of your course.

Addiction is defined as a “biopsychosocial” disease. Drugs & Alcohol in Schools will explore each of these three elements individually, and then, discuss their interactions and impact on the substance using person.  The information will be further processed in order to more readily translate that information into practical application in the classroom.  To establish a broader context for understanding substances and their addictive qualities, the course will begin with the “social” component of the “biopsychosocial” disease.  This provides a backdrop that looks at the history of drugs and alcohol in society and what current societal perceptions prevail. 

The second chapter of this course will address the biological and physiological basis of addiction.  Starting with general drug classifications, we will study specific drugs and their effects.  While understanding the properties of the drugs, we will further examine what happens to the basic physiology when chemicals are introduced.  Finally, after understanding physiological reactions, we will explore how use progresses into addiction and the evolution of addiction as a “disease.”

The triad is complete as we examine the psychological factors impacting the disease.  The main focus of this chapter is a brief study of child development and the impact on stages of development if the child begins using substances.  Development will be discussed also in terms of impact due to parental use of chemicals.  From these issues, we will further explore family roles and rules that emerge in the family system.

Since the course is designed to increase your understanding and awareness of drugs and addiction, the final chapter builds upon what you have learned and offers options for how to respond.  These options look at how to most effectively and appropriately manage the effects of substance use as it impacts your students and classroom.  A review of various support groups and resources that are available is included.

 Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the history of alcohol and drugs in society and their impact on current beliefs in our culture
  • Develop a basic understanding of the “biopsychosocial” nature of addiction
  • Understand the disease concept of addiction
  • Identify different drugs and their effects on the body
  • Understand the effects of substance abuse on child development and family systems
  • Develop a foundation of understanding of prevention, intervention and supports

There are no prerequisites.


As a student you will be expected to:

  • Complete all four information sections showing a competent understanding of the material presented in each section.
  • Complete all four section examinations, showing a competent understanding of the material presented.  You must obtain an overall score of 70% or higher, with no individual exam score below 50%, to pass this course.  *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
  • Complete a review of any section on which your examination score was below 50%.
  • Retake any examination, after completing an information review, to increase that examination score to a minimum of 50%, making sure to also be achieving an overall exam score of a minimum 70% (maximum of three attempts). *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
  • Complete a course evaluation form at the end of the course.
 Estimated Time of Completion

30 Hours

 Access Time

365 Days

 CEU / PDU Outcomes

3.0 CEUs


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Section Title
Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse
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Tuition non-credit $335.00
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