SS2831: Relapse Management

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 17, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: 4 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 6hr(s) Workshops; 2 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 4hr(s) Other (on-line discussion on Blackboard); Other (set reading material for discussion at tutorials; set course work)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, HSE South Addiction Services staff; UCC Lecturing staff.
Module Objective: The aim of this module is for students to understand that changing addictive behaviour is very challenging and has notoriously high rates of relapse. Students will learn how to work with relapse as part of a recovery support worker's role.
Module Content: Students will be introduced to the various theories and concepts that inform social learning theory of addiction. They will learn about the role that high-risk situations, people and places play in relapse and relapse management work with service users. Students will be introduced to the abstinence violation effect and how it can impact on motivation to change. Students will be introduced to a variety of cognitive behavioural coping skill strategies used to help service users to identify, avoid, present and/or manage relapse should it occur.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Reflect on and critically analyse the utility of relapse prevention and relapse management strategies and interventions within a continuum of substance misuse and addiction treatment interventions;
  • Describe how to conduct a functional analysis of relapse;
  • Know how to collaborate and support a service user to develop behavioural modification and cognitive reframing strategies;
  • Facilitate service users to develop drink and drug refusal skills, to avoid or cope with high-risk situations, cope with cravings and urges to drink or use drugs and avoid the abstinence violation effect;
  • Under supervision - support service users as they make wider lifestyle changes so as to prevent and/or manage a relapse should it occur;
  • Critically appraise the evidence-base for cognitive behavioural and mutual aid approaches to preventing and/or managing a relapse.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (3,000 word relapse prevention / management plan with a rubric, 80 marks; Engagement in online activities as prescribed by the course tutor, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the module coordinator).

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