Nov 24, 2020  
2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

Addiction Counseling, Certificate

Award: Certificate (code CRT.HUS.ADD-CNSL)

Total Credit Hours: 24 credit hours.

Learn more about the Addiction Counseling Certificate Program

Purpose: Prepares students for careers in addiction counseling and enhances knowledge and skills of those already working in the field. Skills include individual, family and group counseling techniques, as well as assessment, treatment planning, prevention, and other topics related to addiction. Coursework includes 100 hours of clinical fieldwork. The certificate provides the necessary academic coursework to attain certification as a certified supervised counselor-alcohol and drug (CSC-AD) by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors. Students should contact the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors for all licensure and certification requirements at 410-764-4732 or for requirements.

Range of Occupations

  • Addiction counselor

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Entrance/Admission Requirements

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all human services courses. 100 hours of unpaid clinical fieldwork in a community addiction agency is required in order to complete the program.

Graduation Requirements

Demonstrated eligibility for ENG 111 .

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Have knowledge of a variety of models and theories of addiction.
  • Describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances on the person using and significant others.
  • Describe the philosophies, practice,, and policies of models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and co-occurring disorders.
  • Recognize the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment process.
  • Identify established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders, and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
  • Understand diverse cultures, and incorporate the relevant needs of culturally diverse groups, as well as people with disabilities, into clinical practice.
  • Outline the addiction professional’s obligations to adhere to legal, ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.
  • Use screening instruments to gather initial data about substance use and co-occurring disorders from the client.
  • Select and use a comprehensive assessment process that is sensitive to age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and disabilities.
  • Develop treatment plans.
  • Have knowledge of community resources and will make appropriate referrals.
  • Demonstrate case management and service coordination as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team.
  • Have knowledge of individual therapeutic modalities that facilitate behavioral change.
  • Understand group counseling modalities for substance use disorders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of accepted principles of client record management.