COURSE TITLE:

DRUG EDUCATION FOR TODAY’S TEACHER

NO. OF CREDITS:

3 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 2.00 credits]

WA CLOCK HRS:  
OREGON PDUs:
30
30

INSTRUCTOR:

Brian Long
blong081@hotmail.com

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

We live in a new era of technology and terminology, one that has created difficulties and boundaries between the common knowledge, language and perception of our students. This world has opened the doors to dangerous drugs; an inevitable problem our student population will face. Dive head first into the vast amount of online and community resources to combat this dynamic problem. Ultimately, teachers will be versed in identifying warning signs and symptoms, facts and myths, slang terms, current trends and prevention techniques. This class will empower teachers who wish to become up-to-date and ready to address drug use within his/her rights as an educator.

This course is appropriate for teachers of all subjects, grades 6-12. Internet access is required. 

The required course text book; Drugs & Alcohol: The Authoritative Guide for Parents, Teachers & Counselors is available on Amazon for $5, used.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  1. Greater awareness for the importance of drug education among today’s students & teachers.
  2. Enhanced knowledge and understanding of drug trends of today’s students.
  3. Evaluated a research-based drug prevention program (D.A. R. E. or other).
  4. Compare and contrast the differences and effectiveness of individual interventions compared to group interventions.
  5. Enhance communication with students regarding drugs.
  6. Develop effective drug education lessons & curricula
  7. Identify federal laws and school policies relevant to student substance abuse.
  8. Create a systematic referral process between teachers, schools and community-based services.
  9. Identify online and community resources available to enhance the education of teachers, students, parents and administrators.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.


HOURS EARNED:
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.




 

UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION

REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%



 

CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION

REQUIRED TEXT

  • Milhorn, Thomas, H. Drugs & Alcohol: The Authoritative Guide for Parents, Teachers & Counselors. Da Capo Press, 2003, paperback, 412 pages, ISBN 0306813246
  • This book is a guide to discovery, assistance and recovery for youth drug and alcohol abusers. It examines the reasons why kids use drugs and profiles drug abusers. The book also looks at the roles of parents, teachers and counselors with youth using drugs
  • Internet access as well as iTunes is required for this course. iTunes is available for free download at www.apple.com/itunes/download

  • Drug And Alcohol Abuse: The Authoritative Guide For Parents, Teachers, And Counselors
    ISBN# 0306813246
    by H. Thomas Milhorn
    Da Capo Lifelong Books

    Buy from Amazon

MATERIALS FEE

Text, Drugs & Alcohol: The Authoritative Guide for Parents, Teachers & Counselors, is approximately $5 from Amazon.com Internet access as well as iTunes is required for this course. iTunes is available for free download at www.apple.com/itunes/download

QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:

Brian Long, M.A. is a teacher at a public high school. He has earned his B.S.E. in Physical Education as well as his M.A. in health education from the State University of New York at Cortland.

He has served as a member of the C.A.R.E. (Character Alliance Reaches Everyone) Committee and Drug Awareness Coalition in his school district. Brian has created in-service workshops in computer programs and has developed extra curricular intramural programs at his school.

In 2008, Brian was the recipient of the Middle Country Central School Districts SPARC (Special Performance/ Achievement Recognition & Commendation Award) as well as NYSUT’s Community Service Award in 2009.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

DRUG EDUCATION FOR TODAY’S TEACHER

Burrow-Sanchez, J. J. & Hawken, L. (2007). Helping Students Overcome Substance Abuse: Effective Practices for Prevention and Intervention. New York: Guilford (24$ Used on Amazon).    Unique in its coverage of both prevention and intervention, this book provides evidence-based strategies and ready-to-use tools for addressing substance abuse in middle and high school settings. Readers learn ways to identify students at risk and implement programs that meet a broad continuum of needs--from psycho educational and support groups to individual intervention and referral to community services. Also provided is up-to-date information on the nature of adolescent substance abuse problems, their prevalence, and how they develop. Clearly organized and accessible, the book is designed for optimal practical utility. Special features include illustrative case examples, resources, and reproducible worksheets and forms.


Home Box Office. (2010). Adolescent Addiction. < http://www.hbo.com/addiction/adolescent_addiction/>    Informative website created as a supplementary aide for understanding the special “Addiction”. Special features include: “Five Things to Know About Adolescents’ Brain Development and Substance Abuse”, “Teens, the Internet & Illicit Drugs” as well as “Treatment” advice and information. Can be geared towards parents, teachers or students.


Kuhn, C., Swartzwelder, S., and Wilson, W. 1998.  Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (pp. 29–54). New York: W.H. Norton.    The essential, accessible source for understanding how drugs work and their effects on body and behavior. Scientifically accurate and easy to read, this no-nonsense handbook gives the most balanced, objective information available on the most often used and abused drugs, from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine to heroin, ecstasy, and special-K. It reports both in quick-reference summaries and in depth on how these drugs enter the body, how they manipulate the brain, their short-term and long-term effects, the kinds of "high" they produce, and the circumstances in which they can be deadly.


Milhorn, Thomas, H. Drugs & Alcohol: The Authoritative Guide for Parents, Teachers & Counselors. Da Capo Press, 2003, paperback, 412 pages, ISBN 0306813246    This book is a guide to discovery, assistance and recovery for youth drug and alcohol abusers. It examines the reasons why kids use drugs and profiles drug abusers. The book also looks at the roles of parents, teachers and counselors with youth using drugs.


National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Adolescent and School Health. Healthy Schools: Healthy Youth! July 8, 2010. < http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/index.htm>     Leading organization provides the latest health information in various categories: School Health – key strategies to improving Coordinated School Health programs, Health Topics and Data and Statistics, most notably on youth risk behaviors. 


Wolfsberg, Jeff, Fixing What’s Wrong With Drug Education, August 27, 2008, < http://jeffwolfsberg.libsyn.com/rss>     Host Jeff Wolfsberg discusses what is wrong with drug education from the public school system to college. A mix of research and evidence-based material with a slice of humor!