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Addiction Counseling (A.A.S.)

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Title of Major: Addiction Counseling, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.


Total Credit Hours: 60

Learn more about the Addiction Counseling Degree 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 200 hours of clinical fieldwork. The degree 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 http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/bopc/ for requirements.

Additional Program Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all human services courses. 200 hours of unpaid clinical fieldwork in a community addiction agency is required in order to complete the program.

Range of Occupations

  • Addiction counselor

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.

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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General Education Requirements: 23-27 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 3 credits

See General Education Arts and Humanities Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences: 4 credits

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3-4 credits

Must choose a general education math course. See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Computer Competency Requirement

Satisfied by CTA 100  or CTP 103 .

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by HUS 101  requirement.

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.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.

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