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.