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Certified Alcohol & Drug Counseling

Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors are integral in the Alcohol & Drug treatment process. Through individual and/or group therapy, those in this profession provide support, education, and guidance to persons suffering from drug, alcohol or other substance use disorder.

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Alcohol & Drug Counseling 1

This semester will provide an introduction to becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. The course work will:

  • Introduce students to the academic program, career, and Professional Board of CADC.
  • Cover basic alcoholism and drug addiction knowledge, traditions and philosophies of 12-step, and other recovery support groups in relation to the client, family, and community.
  • Introduce students to the ethical considerations that define the conduct of counselors as required for certification by the NC Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board.
  • Provide students with an in-depth overview of infectious diseases, blood-borne pathogens, nicotine use, and the link between drug use and co-occurring disabilities.

Alcohol & Drug Counseling 2

This class will:

  • Introduce students to the process and tools through which the AODA counselor collaborates with the client and others to gather and interpret information for the formation of a diagnosis based on the criteria in the DSM V (Screening).
  • Teach the student how to analyze and interpret the data they have gained in order to determine treatment recommendations as well as the ability to document their findings appropriately. It includes the procedure that the counselor and client develop treatment goals based on the clients’ identified strengths and weaknesses (Intake).
  • Students will learn how to collaborate with the client in identifying the strategies needed to attain those goals (Assessment).
  • Students will have an increased awareness of methods to protect client rights to privacy and confidentiality in the preparation and handling of records, especially in relation to the communication of client information with third parties (Documentation).

Alcohol & Drug Counseling 3

  • Students will learn proven strategies to safely defuse anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Emphasis will be on assessing the risk for escalating behavior, appropriate interventions, and the use of nonphysical methods of management. Enhancement of verbal and non-verbal communication is a focus. (Crisis Planning and intervention).
  • Students pursuing certification are required to complete a 300 hour supervised practicum experience. The specific site is based on the students’ professional interests. Faculty will assist the student in identifying possible locations, but it is the responsibility of the student to secure a site and supervisor. (Practicum).
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