Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, Certificate
The twenty-four credit-hour Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (ASAC) certificate provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of alcohol and substance abuse counseling. The course sequence includes the following:
- Knowledge of Substance Abuse: Assessment, Evaluation and Treatment Planning;
- Neurochemistry of Addiction: Pharmacology, Substance Abuse Counseling Theory;
- Individual and Group Counseling;
- Substance Abuse Counseling: Special Populations, Case Management and Educational Outreach; and
- Professional and Ethical Responsibilities.
The course sequence reflects a range of knowledge, skills, and professional techniques related to chemical dependence counseling. The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling certificate is approved as a fully Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) 350-Hour Certificate Program by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
- In order to understand the fundamentals of alcohol and substance abuse, the students will:
- Define and describe the most common treatment, intervention, and prevention programs.
- Define addiction.
- Evaluate psychotherapeutic theories and techniques.
- Describe the biology of addiction and the effects of drugs of abuse on the body.
- Demonstrate familiarity with key drugs of abused and treatment.
- In order to develop skills in alcohol and substance abuse counseling, the students will:
- Describe and apply the basic theories and principles of alcoholism and substance abuse counseling.
- Develop and demonstrate interpersonal communication skills appropriate for counseling.
- Demonstrate familiarity with issues pertinent to substance abusers, such as anger management, personality and addiction, depression and suicide, aggression, and motivation.
- Describe and evaluate theories of vocational counseling.
- Analyze and apply theories and practices relevant to group counseling sessions.
- Describe the issues and challenges of working with the elderly, women, and children.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to the counseling needs of special populations, including adolescent abusers, the mentally ill, gender and sexual orientation, and those with communicable diseases, especially HIV/AIDS.
- In order to understand the issues involved in assessment, clinical evaluation, treatment planning, case management, and family and community education, the students will:
- Describe procedures for the screening, evaluation, and intake of patients.
- Evaluate and use the tools used to assess and diagnose chemical dependency.
- Recognize and describe the stages of recovery.
- Create an appropriate treatment plan.
- Describe the overall function of the case manager.
- Explain the role of cultural diversity in treatment scenarios.
- Define and describe the addicted family systems theory.
- In order to describe and explain the professional and ethical responsibilities involved with substance abuse counseling, the students will:
- Articulate the relevance of ethical standards and behavior in counseling situations.
- Describe the methods used to maintain accurate and secure health records.
- Explain and apply professional, state, and federal guidelines for ethical behavior.
Credit Distribution and Course Sequence
|HHS 201||Knowledge of Substance Abuse||3|
|HHS 203||Neurochemistry of Addiction: Pharmacology||3|
|HHS 202||Assessment, Evaluation and Treatment Planning||3|
|HHS 204||Substance Abuse Counseling Theory||3|
|HHS 205||Individual and Group Counseling||3|
|HHS 206||Substance Abuse Counseling: Special Populations||3|
|HHS 207||Case Management and Educational Outreach||3|
|HHS 208||Professional and Ethical Responsibilities||3|