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2020-2021 Catalog 
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Addiction Counseling (A.A.S.)

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

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


Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 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 250 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 https://health.maryland.gov/bopc/ for requirements.

AACC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland.   If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the AACC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state.  If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact the School of Health Sciences at 410-777-7310.

Additional Program Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all human services courses. 250 hours of unpaid clinical fieldwork in a community addiction agency is required in order to complete the program.

Range of Occupations

  • Addiction counselor

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

Entrance/Admission Requirements

Criminal Background Check 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.

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General Education Requirements: 25 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 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

Mathematics: 3 credits

Must choose a general education 3 credit hour math course. See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.  If planning to transfer to the University of Maryland Baltimore County social work program you should take MAT 135 .

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits

Program Requirements: 35 credits

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by HUS 101 . 

Technology Requirement

Satisfied by CTA 100  or CTP 103 .

Wellness Requirement

Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

Fast Track

This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

Program Outcomes

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

1.     Apply a variety of models and theories of addiction to counseling practice.

2.     Describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances on the person using and significant others.

3.     Describe the philosophies, practice, and policies of models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and co-occurring disorders.

4.     Recognize the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment process.

5.     Identify established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders, and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.

6.     Apply a diversity lens to incorporate the relevant needs of culturally diverse groups and people with disabilities into clinical practice.

7.     Outline the addiction professional’s obligations to adhere to legal, ethical, and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.

8.     Use screening instruments to gather initial data about substance use and co-occurring disorders from the client.

9.     Select and use a comprehensive assessment process that is sensitive to age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and disabilities.

10.  Develop treatment plans.

11.  Identify community resources and make appropriate referrals.

12.  Demonstrate case management and service coordination as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team.

13.  Apply individual therapeutic modalities in order to facilitate behavioral change.

14.  Implement group counseling modalities for substance use disorders.

15.  Apply accepted principles of client record management to maintain accuracy and privacy.

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

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