Addiction and its Treatment – An Integral Foundation

Addiction is one of the most ubiquitous forms of mental health disorders globally. This course will address the complex problems associated with the field of addiction studies and treatment, and use integral theory as a framework for understanding and dealing with addiction.

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Course Description

Addiction is one of the most ubiquitous forms of mental health disorders globally. In many countries its burden on health care is so excessive as to constitute a medical and economic crisis. As a consequence of the magnitude of this disorder many scholars, institutions, and clinicians have desperately sought to understand and address this complex phenomenon. Although many theories of addiction exist and our explanation of addiction has become more sophisticated, there are still serious shortcomings in our understanding. Furthermore, there is such a cornucopia of conflicting theories of addiction that for treatment providers, therapists, and policymakers it has become exceedingly difficult to integrate this vast field of knowledge into effective treatment.

Your Instructor – Guy du Plessis, BA, BA Honors, MA, PhD Candidate

Guy du Plessis, BA, BA Honors, MA, PhD Candidate, holds a BA in Psychological Counselling (cum laude), BA Honors in Psychology (cum laude), and MA in Psychology (cum laude) degrees from the University of South Africa, and is PhD Candidate at Stellenbosch University. He is a registered psychological counselor with the HPCSA, and has worked in the addiction treatment milieu for over 15 years as an addictions counselor, head of treatment, program & clinical director, trainer, and researcher. He is the author of the book An Integral Guide to Recovery: Twelve Steps and Beyond and has published numerous academic articles in the fields of addiction treatment and studies, theoretical psychology and philosophy. He is a Faculty Mentor in the School of Behavioral Sciences at California Southern University, Faculty member at the Wayne Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy at Bellarmine University, Researcher at Momentum Mental Healthcare SA, and Executive Director of the Mind-Body Bridging Institute.

Trimester Price List
Registration Type Standard PRICE
LITE – Not currently available $50
Immersive $250
Academic Undergraduate $300
Academic Master $600
Academic Doctoral $900

Introduction & Course Overview

Module 1: The DSM-5 and Addiction

Module 2: Psychoactive Substances and the Brain

Module 3: Theories of Addiction

Module 4: Compound Models of Addiction

Module 5: Beyond the Biopsychosocial Model of Addiction

Module 6: Introduction to Metatheory

Module 7: Introduction to Integral Theory

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Module 8: Integral Psychology and Integral Psychotherapy

Module 9: The Architectonic of an Integral Foundation of Addiction

Module 10: Integral Addiction Treatment - Part 1

Module 11: Integral Addiction Treatment - Part 2

Module 12: Integrated Recovery Meta-Therapy - Part 1

Module 13: Integrated Recovery Meta-therapy - Part 2

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