TPC Journal-Vol 11-Issue-3 - FULL ISSUE

The Professional Counselor | Volume 11, Issue 3 369 Module 7 Cannabis, Nicotine, and E-Cigarettes Learning Objectives At the end of this lesson, students will: 1. Identify a variety of hazards associated with cannabis and nicotine, with special focus on e-cigarettes. 2. Comprehend the physiological and neurological impacts of cannabis and nicotine on adolescents. 3. Describe and practice refusal skills related to cannabis and nicotine. Activities • Students are provided with an overview of the mechanisms involved in cannabis use and learn about the impact of cannabis on the developing brain, such as learning and memory deficits, loss of motivation, and mood swings. • In the “Whose truth is it, anyway?” discussion, students are given a series of statements and asked to measure the likelihood of the statement’s veracity, depending on the source of the statement and other influencing factors. • After this content, students move around the classroom to find classmates who can answer various questions correctly. Module 8 Opioids and Cocaine Learning Objectives At the end of this lesson, students will: 1. Recognize the classes of drugs related to opioids and cocaine and trends in use and abuse of these drugs, including risk of serious injury or death. 2. Recall facts about physiological and neurological impacts of various forms of opioids and cocaine. 3. Summarize the dangers of opioid use. Activities • Psychoeducational lecture. • Video to demonstrate neurological dynamics and physiological mechanisms, including the potential for overdose. • Students brainstorm resources in their school community and receive information on community resources for helping those with addiction, including professional networks, such as counselors and other mental health providers, and informal networks, such as neighborhood and faith leaders. • In dyads, students are asked to role-play skills for persuading a peer or loved one to seek professional help and weigh the pros and cons of these decisions. Module 9 Review: Decisions Learning Objectives At the end of this lesson, students will: 1. Identify the experiences and information presented throughout the curriculum, with an overarching theme of decisional balance. 2. Recall key information related to each module. 3. Describe what the curriculum has meant to each student and how they envision the experience impacting future decisions. Activities • Students participate in a learning game in which teams compete to give correct answers about key concepts, including facts about the dynamics of problem alcohol and drug use and its consequences and risks. • Students report on identifying and coping with stress, connecting with a caring community, and advocating for their and others’ needs. • Students are reminded of the influence of myths, attitudes, and assumptions on the use of alcohol and drugs and recollect components of the CRAFFT.