Addiction Counseling Specialist

The Addiction Counseling Specialist series is designed for those interested in a career as substance abuse counselors or those in other human service fields seeking more knowledge about working with chemically-dependent persons. The series consists of a general helping skills course along with five addiction counseling-specific courses. The courses follow the domain topics as prescribed by the Addiction Professional Certification Board of New Jersey, Inc. and can be used toward completion of the requirements for a CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor). For additional details about the CADC requirements, please click here.

For more information contact the area coordinator, Heather Boone, at (609) 343-4934 or hboone@atlantic.edu.

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate interviewing, assessment and listening skills through role-playing;
  • Identify the major drugs of abuse and Federal schedules, or classification, of the primary substances of abuse, including alcohol;
  • Define psychopharmacology and the effects of various drugs of abuse on the major physiological body systems;
  • Describe the various treatment modalities including self-help groups, group counseling, family counseling, and psychotherapies;
  • Identify guidelines for the process of ethical decision-making according to the NAADAC Code of Ethics.
Courses Credits
   
HSRV116-Social Agencies and Processes
3
HSRV141-Assessment Skills in Addiction Counseling
3
HSRV142-Counseling Skills in Addiction Counseling
3
HSRV143-Case Management with Addicted Populations
3
HSRV144-Client Education with Addicted Populations
3
HSRV145-Professional Issues in Addiction Counseling
3
TOTAL REQUIRED FOR SERIES:
18
(ZADS) EFFECTIVE FALL 2008