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Alcohol/Drug Counseling (SOC CODE: 21-1011.00)

Job Description Overview

Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

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  • Mental Health and Social Workers
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  • Loan Counselors
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Sample Job Duties

  • Complete and maintain accurate records or reports regarding the patients' histories and progress, services provided, or other required information.
  • Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
  • Interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals to evaluate individuals' mental and physical condition and to determine their suitability for participation in a specific program.
  • Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories.
  • Review and evaluate clients' progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans.
  • Intervene as an advocate for clients or patients to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  • Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, or social workers.
  • Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in client status.
  • Attend training sessions to increase knowledge and skills.
  • Participate in case conferences or staff meetings.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Alcohol/Drug Counseling Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S2101

      In this program the student integrates theory and practical experience in developing skills necessary to work with the alcohol and drug abuse population as well as families and employers of chemically-dependent persons. The curriculum is designed to meet the credentialing requirements of the California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators. Students who complete this option qualify for employment in a variety of chemical-dependent settings.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AD 2Physiological Effects of Alcohol and Drugs3
      AD 3Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery3
      AD 4Issues in Domestic Violence3
      AD 5Chemical Dependency: Prevention and Education1.5
      AD 6Dual Diagnosis3
      AD 8Group Process and Leadership3
      AD 9Family Counseling3
      AD 10Client Record and Documentation1.5
      AD 11Techniques of Intervention and Referral3
      AD 15AIntroduction to Laws and Ethics for Addictions Counselors1
      AD 15BLaw and Ethics For Addictions Counselors1
      AD 1Alcohol and Drug Dependency3
      Variable Unit Course. Complete 4 units in 1 or 2 semesters 4
      AD 82
      Work Experience in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
      Select two from the following:6
      CHLD 10
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development
      or CHLD 10H
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors
      PSYC 1A
      Introduction to Psychology
      or PSYC 1AH
      Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      PSYC 19
      Abnormal Psychology
      SOC 1
      Introduction to Sociology
      or SOC 1H
      Introduction to Sociology - Honors
      SOC 14
      Marriage and the Family
      or SOC 14H
      Marriage and the Family - Honors
      SOC 15
      Child Development
      Total Units39

      Alcohol and Drug Counseling Website 

      Eligibility Requirements:
      - File a College application and be accepted as a student at Mt. San Antonio College.
      Selection Procedures
      - All classes are open to all students who meet admission requirements and course prerequisites.
      a) Restricted Electives can be taken in conjunction with core and skills courses
      b) Refer to Schedule of Credit Classes for sequence of courses
      c) For questions, call the division office at (909) 594-5611, ext.4750
      Working environment:
      May be exposed to infectious and contagious disease,without prior notification
      May be exposed to the risk of blood borne diseases
      Exposed to hazardous agents, body fluids and wastes
      Exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens
      Subject to hazards of flammable, explosive gases
      Subject to burns and cuts
      Contact with patients having different religious, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, psychological and physical disabilities, and under a wide variety of circumstances
      Handle emergency or crisis situations
      Subject to many interruptions
      Requires decisions/actions related to end of life issues
      Exposed to products containing latex
      Exposure to a highly charged emotional environment which can be stressful intense

    • Alcohol/Drug Counseling Certificate

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T2101

      In this program the student integrates theory and practical experience in developing skills necessary to work with the alcohol and drug abuse population as well as families and employers of chemically-dependent persons. The curriculum is designed to meet the credentialing requirements of the California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators. Students who complete this option qualify for employment in a variety of chemical-dependent settings.   

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AD 2Physiological Effects of Alcohol and Drugs3
      AD 3Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery3
      AD 4Issues in Domestic Violence3
      AD 5Chemical Dependency: Prevention and Education1.5
      AD 6Dual Diagnosis3
      AD 8Group Process and Leadership3
      AD 9Family Counseling3
      AD 10Client Record and Documentation1.5
      AD 11Techniques of Intervention and Referral3
      AD 15AIntroduction to Laws and Ethics for Addictions Counselors1
      AD 15BLaw and Ethics For Addictions Counselors1
      AD 1Alcohol and Drug Dependency3
      Variable Unit Course. Complete 4 units in 1 or 2 semesters 4
      AD 82
      Work Experience in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
      Required Electives
      Choose two from the following:6
      CHLD 10
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development
      or CHLD 10H
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors
      PSYC 1A
      Introduction to Psychology
      or PSYC 1AH
      Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      PSYC 19
      Abnormal Psychology
      SOC 1
      Introduction to Sociology
      or SOC 1H
      Introduction to Sociology - Honors
      SOC 14
      Marriage and the Family
      or SOC 14H
      Marriage and the Family - Honors
      SOC 15
      Child Development
      Total Units39

      Alcohol and Drug Counseling Website 

      Selection Procedure
      All classes are open to all students who meet admission requirements and course prerequisites.

      Working Environment
      May be exposed to infectious and contagious disease, without prior notification
      Regularly exposed to the risk of blood borne diseases
      Exposed to hazardous agents, body fluids and wastes
      Exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens
      Subject to hazards of flammable, explosive gases
      Subject to burns and cuts
      Contact with patients having different religious, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, psychological and physical disabilities, and under a wide variety of circumstances
      Handle emergency or crisis situations
      Subject to many interruptions
      Requires decisions/actions related to end of life issues
      Exposed to products containing latex

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