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Discipline: Addictions Counseling
Course Name Course Number Objectives
Alcohol/Drug Dependency AD 1
  • Students will be able to describe the term "addiction" and explain various theories of causation.
  • Students successfully completing AD 1 will be able to discuss the development of drug control in the US legal system.
  • Students will be able to Identify and describe the different psychoactive substances used in America . (MO)
  • Students will be able to Identify and describe different approaches used in the treatment of addictions. (MO)
  • Students will be able to describe the impact of substance abuse on the community, family, and individual. (MO)
Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery AD 3
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to identify issues of culture identity, ethnic background, age, and gender, in prevention, treatment, and recovery
  • Students successfully completing AD 3 will be able to explain the relapse prevention process
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to describe and apply theories and strategies for the prevention of substance use disorders.
  • At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to compare and contrast historical and contemporary prevention, intervention, and treatment approaches
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to describe medical and behavioral models of addiction treatment. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to analyze the effectiveness of major treatment modalities and support systems in recovery. (MO)
  • Students completing this course will be able to evaluate the role of community groups in outreach and prevention and the effectiveness of alternative prevention strategies
Chemical Dependency: Prevention and Education AD 5
  • Students successfully completing AD 5 will be able to compare and contrast drug program effectiveness
  • Students successfully completing AD 5 will be able to identify each of the five steps involved in developing a prevention program.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to identify societal attitudes toward alcohol and drug abuse. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to identify groups considered "at risk" for drug abuse and addiction in the community. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to summarize governmental and law enforcement efforts to stop drug trafficking and sales (locally, nationally, and internationally. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to identify each of the five steps involved in developing a prevention program. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to examine different prevention programs and evaluate their effectiveness based on research analysis. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing AD 5 will be able to examine different prevention programs overall projected effectiveness based on research analysis.
Client Record and Documentation AD 10
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to prepare effective discharge and aftercare planning documentation in clinical records. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to explain the process of biopsychosocial assessment of clients. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing AD 10 will demonstrate record keeping that meets legal and ethical standards.
  • Students successfully competing AD 10 will be able to write treatment plans with behavior objectives.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to explain the purpose of client record documentation. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to describe record keeping that meets legal and ethical standards. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to utilize terminology and standard abbreviations in order to use clinical records as a treatment tool. (MO)
  • Employers will be satisfied with students charting skills
Dual Diagnosis AD 6
  • Students successfully completing AD 6 will be able to describe the relationship between psychiatric disorders and substance abuse.
  • Students successfully completing AD 6 will be able to identify and assess the major psychiatric disorders that co-occur with substance use disorders.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to describe the social and political issues effecting the treatment of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based treatment approaches for clients with co-occurring disorders. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to identify and understand the use of psychiatric medications for treatment of mental illness and addiction. (MO)
Family Counseling AD 9
  • Students successfully completing AD 9 will be able to accurately analyze and describe the dynamics of the addictive family.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to Identify and explain dynamics of a “normal” family system and the dynamics of a “dysfunctional” family system. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to explain and apply the use of the genogram as a family counseling and assessment tool. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to accurately assess, identify and analyze family problems/needs and implement appropriate interventions.(MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to demonstrate competency in basic family counseling skills through role-play and experiential exercises. (MO)
Group Process and Leadership AD 8
  • Students successfully completing AD 8 will be able to demonstrate 5 specific skills/techniques required as an effective group leader for competency in role-playing situations.
  • Students successfully completing AD 8 will demonstrate competency in basic group counseling skills.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to explain group process as a vehicle of personal change. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to apply and demonstrate effective group counseling skills. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to compare and contrast interventions for specifically identified problems with resistance and denial.(MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to identify and apply various counseling theories and techniques in group settings. (MO)
Introduction to Laws and Ethics for Addictions Counselors AD 15A
  • Students successfully completing the course will be apply ethical principles to analyze the techniques used by professionals in the field of substance use disorder treatment.
  • Students successfully completing AD 15A will be able to identify the role of the intern in the clinical facility.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to identify and apply ethical and legal requirements for addictions counselors.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to present case studies and identify clinical and ethical issues
Issues in Domestic Violence AD 4
  • Students successfully completing AD 4 will be able to explain anger management interventions.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to identify and explain the primary theories of domestic violence. (MO
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to describe the social and psychological dynamics of domestic violence. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing AD 4 will be able to explain the primary theories related to both causation and impact of domestic violence.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to explain the relationship between substance abuse and domestic violence.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to assess, identify client needs, and implement appropriate interventions in relation to domestic violence. (MO)
  • Students completing AD 4 will demonstrate knowledge of the laws and cultural norms affecting domestic violence and domestic violence services in the U.S. (MO)
Law and Ethics For Addictions Counselors AD 15B
  • Students successfully completing AD 15B will be able to assess Substance Use disorders and related problems and decide on the appropriate level of intervention
  • Students successfully completing AD 15B will be able to provide case management and referrals for clients.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to demonstrate competency in basic counseling skills.
Physiological Effects of Alcohol/Drugs AD 2
  • Students successfully completing AD 2 will be able to describe the behavioral, psychological, physiological, and social effects of specific psychoactive substances on the user
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic metabolic and neurological processes involved in psychoactive drug use, including synergistic effects and risk factors.
  • Students will express familiarity with the medical and pharmacological resources available in the treatment of substance use disorders
  • Students will demonstrate basic competency in screening clients for psychoactive substance toxicity, intoxication, and withdrawal symptoms
  • Students successfully completing AD 2 will be able to describe and explain different theories relative to the etiology of addiction.
  • Students will be able to describe the impact of drugs and alcohol on society as a whole. (MO)
  • Students will be able to identify and describe current evidence based practices in the treatment of addictions. (MO)
Techniques of Intervention and Referral AD 11
  • Students successfully completing AD 11 will be able to implement active listening skills during counseling sessions.
  • Students successfully completing AD 11 will demonstrate proficiency in basic counseling skills.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to explore beginning approaches in counseling.(MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to demonstrate one-on-one interviewing techniques. (MO)
  • Students successfully completing the course will be able to demonstrate basic counseling skills in a role playing situation. (MO)
Work Experience in Alcohol and Drug Counseling AD 82
  • Students enrolled in AD 82 A will successfully complete required work experience hours
  • students completing AD 82A will complete self- identified objectives for work experience.
  • Student successfully completing AD 82B will apply skills learned in previous courses to a worksite situation