This course is designed to equip students with an overview of the biological basis of addiction. Topics will include drug classes, drug history, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, basic neurochemistry. The biological, social and spiritual dynamics of pleasure and reinforcement will also be explored. Pharmacotherapies will also be covered, providing students with an overview of medications that are used to treat addiction.
Brian Serna, M.A., LPCC, LADAC, is a nationally recognized trainer in the treatment of addictions. He also facilitates workshops on improving cross-cultural counseling skills, treating co-occurring disorders and ethics. He is currently the health and wellness director for the Pueblo of Tesuque and maintains a private practice in Santa Fe.