ADDICTIONS COUNSELING

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program

Department:Human Services

School(s): Community Engagement & Development

CIP Code: 51.1501
MCC Program Code: AS01
NYSED Code (BRI): 32113
NYSED Code (DCC): 32114
Admissions
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New, Transfer, or Re-admit students should contact Admissions at 585-292-2200 or admissions@monroecc.edu.

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75% or more of this program can be completed online.

This program's design is based on: New MCC General Education

Description
This program is designed to prepare students for a future in addictions counseling after completing the baccalaureate in Social Work or another relevant field.
Addictions counseling is a challenging and rewarding field for which entry-level employees are often not well prepared. In New York State, oversight of treatment for substance use disorder is by the New York Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The credential for drug and alcohol counselors is the Credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor, commonly known as the CASAC. Completion of the full CASAC involves three components: education, an exam, and experience working in the field. This program when successfully completed provides the education component, following which the student is eligible to apply for the designation of Credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor-in-Training (CASAC-T). The program is designed around the 12 Core Functions designated as essential by the New York State Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services. These core functions are addressed in seven substance abuse treatment (ACD) counseling classes. Six of these are 3-credit courses; the seventh is a 6-credit course that includes a 300 hour internship.
(Housed in the Human Services Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Initial screening of potential clients as to their need for further evaluation and diagnosis.
2. Intake: collecting of necessary personal information, explanation of confidentiality laws, obtaining of appropriate release of information signatures.
3. Orientation: clarify rights and responsibilities of both client and treatment facility, facility rules, tour appropriate areas, explain treatment process, help client to understand what is expected, and what s/he may expect.
4. Assessment, Evaluation and Intervention: Take an appropriate psychosocial history; develop a diagnosis based on current DSM criteria, help client to understand the damage that addiction may be doing to physical, family and career life.
5. Referral: Be able to appropriately match client diagnosis and symptoms to treatment facility and program level. Be familiar with other area programs and facilities that client may need beyond substance abuse treatment and be able to make appropriate referrals.
6. Treatment Planning: Be able to: develop client treatment plans, including long-term and short-term goals and the areas of life specified by OASAS; involve client in the development of the treatment plan; keep treatment plans updated.
7. Counseling: Be able to: select the appropriate counseling model(s) for a situation; use one-on-one and group counseling skills, including empowering clients, focusing on strengths, and keeping the focus on the client's agenda, not the counselor's.
8. Crisis Intervention: recognize and appropriately respond to signs of relapse, suicidality, depression. Be able to appropriately call on others for assistance when the situation is beyond his/her abilities to handle
9. Patient Education: Counselor will be able to: help client to understand the processes of addiction, withdrawal, relapse, and recovery; be able to convey this information in terms understood by clients and in one-on-one, in group or in front-of-the room environments.
10. Case Management: Be able to understand, and where appropriate assist client with, processes in which the client may be involved in the areas of social services, legal, health care, and mental health care.
11. Reporting and Record Keeping: Be able to keep succinct but complete and coherent records regarding all client interactions for the well-being of both client and agency. Be capable of objective reporting and of knowing what should be included.
12. Consultation with Other Professionals: Be able to work in the substance abuse field as a team member. Discern when to call on supervisor or other experienced staff for assistance. Develop a file of others who can be called on as needed, within appropriate confidentiality procedures.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
MTH 080 with a grade of B- or higher, OR MTH 104 with a grade of C or higher, OR MCC Level 8 Mathematics Placement.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
Addictions Counseling, A.S. Degree, Experiential Track
FIRST SEMESTER:
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
ACD 140 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency and the Human Service Worker
3
HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services
4
HUM 111 Field Work in Human Services I
2
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
First Semester Total:
15
SECOND SEMESTER:
ACD 142 Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency and the Family System
3
ACD 143 Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Counseling Skills
3
ACD 144 Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse Group Counseling Skills
3
BIO 133 Human Biology
3
BIO 132 Laboratory to Accompany Human Biology
1
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES (SUNY-H) ELECTIVE
3
Second Semester Total:
16
THIRD SEMESTER:
MTH 160 Statistics I
3
ACD 241 Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency - Treatment Modalities
3
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS (SUNY-OCW) OR
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - WESTERN CIVILIZATION (SUNY-WC) ELECTIVE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY (SUNY-AH) ELECTIVE
3
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION - HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE
2
Third Semester Total:
17
FOURTH SEMESTER:
ACD 245 Special Issues in the Field of Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse
3
ACD 246 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Internship Seminar
6
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - ARTS (SUNY-A) OR
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGE (SUNY-FL) ELECTIVE**
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCE (SUNY-SS) ELECTIVE
3
Fourth Semester Total:
15
TOTAL CREDITS:
63
Addictions Counseling, A.S. Degree, Reentry from Incarceration Track
FIRST SEMESTER:
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
ACD 140 Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency and the Human Service Worker
3
HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services
4
HUM 111 Field Work in Human Services I
2
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
First Semester Total:
15
SECOND SEMESTER:
ACD 142 Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency and the Family System
3
ACD 143 Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency - Counseling Skills
3
BIO 133 Human Biology
3
BIO 132 Laboratory to Accompany Human Biology
1
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY (SUNY-AH) ELECTIVE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES (SUNY-H) ELECTIVE
3
Second Semester Total:
16
THIRD SEMESTER:
ACD 144 Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse Group Counseling Skills
3
ACD 241 Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Treatment Modalities
3
HUM 220 Working with Clients Post-Incarceration
3
MTH 160 Statistics I
3
SOC 203 Criminology
3
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION - HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE
2
Third Semester Total:
17
FOURTH SEMESTER:
ACD 245 Special Issues in the Field of Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse
3
CRJ 170 Introduction to Corrections OR
CRJ 172 Institutional Procedures and Treatment of Inmates*
3
PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS (SUNY-OCW) OR
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - WESTERN CIVILIZATION (SUNY-WC) ELECTIVE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - THE ARTS (SUNY-A) OR
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGE (SUNY-FL) ELECTIVE**
3
Fourth Semester Total:
15
TOTAL CREDITS:
63

*With permission of instructor
** For SUNY The Arts elective, students can choose from SUNY Gen Ed List: COM 120, any ENG, MUS 119, THE 110. Students can choose any SUNY Gen Ed Foreign Language. 

Revised 07/26/2018

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