Psychology of Addictions (PSY528) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Psychology of Addictions PSY528 3 2 0 4 8
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Social Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. STAFF
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course aims to introduce the students with the causes of addiction, a variety of assessment strategies, and different approaches to treatment.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Review and summarize current scientific understanding of the causes of addictions including genetic, psychological, environmental, and social/cultural factors
  • Identify clinical assessment tools commonly used and understand their role in diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment outcome
  • Consider the diverse influences of factors such as gender, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, and social class in relation to addiction
  • Understand the impact of co-occurring psychological disorders on addictive disorders
Course Content Causes and treatment of different addictions, biological and psychological approches, coping mechnanisms, and intervention strategies.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Introduction
3 Etiology Related articles
4 Biological Underpinnings & Motivational Theories of Addiction Related articles
5 Overview of Addictions Treatment & Treatment Seeking Related articles
6 Clinical Assessment – Part I Related articles
7 Clinical Assessment – Part II Related articles
8 Natural Recovery & Challenges Related articles
9 Group Treatment Related articles
10 Treating Comorbid Psychopathology Related articles
11 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Related articles
12 Motivational Interviewing Related articles
13 Contingency Management Related articles
14 Relapse Prevention Related articles
15 Addiction Treatment Challenges Related articles
16 Harm Reduction Related articles


Course Book 1. Miller, W.R., & Rollnick, S. (2012). Motivational interviewing: Helping people change (3rd Edition). New York: Guilford Press.
2. Miller, W.R., Forcehimes, A.A., & Zweben, A. (2019). Treating addiction: A guide for professionals (2nd Edition). New York: Guilford Press.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 1 20
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation 1 5
Project 4 75
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury - -
Final Exam/Final Jury - -
Toplam 6 100
Percentage of Semester Work
Percentage of Final Work 100
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Knowledge of theories and empirical data on the professional relationship, such as: Interpersonal relationships, power relationships, boundary issues, therapeutic alliance and more specific knowledge of the fluctuations of the therapeutic/professional relationship as a function of intervention setting. X
2 Knowledge of self, such as motivation, resources, values, personal biases and others; macro (work, national norms) and micro (family, gender differences) environment in which the person functions. X
3 Skills of effective communication, establishment and maintenance of rapport, establishment and maintenance of trust and respect in the professional relationship . X
4 Accepting obligations, being sensitive to others, and conducting the self in an ethical manner while working with other professionals. X
5 Knowledge and skills of assessment and evaluation such as assessment methods, knowledge of populations served in a cultural context, human development and diagnosis along with necessary skills such as collection and processing data, formulation of hypotheses and making a diagnosis when appropriate, report writing and formulation of an action plan. X
6 The learning of an array of varied interventions with individuals and systems such as couples, families, groups and organizations, selecting and applying appropriate intervention methods. X
7 Analyzing the information by utilizing critical reasoning skills, developing a conceptual framework towards solution of a critical problem, and communicating this to the client. X
8 Sufficient skills in the conduct of research to be able to develop and carry out projects in a professional context and, in certain cases, in an academic context. Applications of various research approaches to social systems. X
9 Has knowledge of ethical principles and skills of ethical decision-making process, proactive identification of potential ethical dilemmas and resolution of ethical dilemmas. X
10 Learning to be a receptive supervisee such as open to supervision, well prepared, able to use time efficiently, aware of limits, and ability to link learning approaches to specific evaluation criteria. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Application 16 2 32
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 10 10
Homework Assignments 4 5 20
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 15 15
Total Workload 125