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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
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.
Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of 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
Satisfied by HUS 101 .
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.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Summarize the field of human services and addiction professional’s obligations to adhere to legal, ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.
- Demonstrate basic counseling and case management skills and techniques in order to facilitate client services.
- Design a plan to assess clients, design and implement specific and measurable goals.
- Describe the administrative aspects of service delivery.
- Develop interpersonal skills with clients and team members and demonstrate professional behaviors.
- Examine how their own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles, limitations and self-care practices impact their role as a human services professional.
- Analyze the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment process.
- Students will identify community resources.
- Students will demonstrate effective group facilitation skills.
- Identify and explain 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.
- Employ screening instruments to gather initial data about substance use and co-occurring disorders from the client that is sensitive to age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and disabilities.
- Students will have knowledge of individual therapeutic modalities that facilitate behavioral change.
- Complete required fieldwork with the Human Services Department and apply meaningful connections between classroom learning and experiences in the field.
This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.
Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.
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