Addictions Counseling

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program

Department: Human Services

CIP Code: 34.0104

MCC Program Code: AS01

NYSED Code (BRI): 32113

NYSED Code (DCC): 32114

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50% or more of this program can be completed online.

This program is designed to prepare students for a future in addiction counseling after completing the baccalaureate in Social Work or another relevant field.
Addiction counseling is a challenging and rewarding field for which entry-level employees are often not well prepared. This program is designed around the 12 Core Functions designated as essential by the New York State Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services and required for completion of the Credentialled Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) . These core functions are addressed in six 3-credit alcohol & chemical dependency counseling classes.
In New York State, oversight of treatment for addiction to drugs/alcohol is by the New York Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The credential for drug and alcohol counselors is the Credentialled Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor, commonly known as the CASAC. Anyone with a CASAC qualifies as what is known as Quality Health Professional (QHP). All drug/alcohol abuse treatment facilities that are licensed by New York must comply with the OASAS requirement that at least 50% of their clinical staff shall be QHPs and the preferred form of QHP for chemical dependency treatment agencies is the CASAC.
(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 responsibilites 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
Intermediate Algebra (or MTH 104 at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 -16 Credit Hours
ACD 140 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency & the Human Service Worker 3
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services 4
HUM 111 Field Work in Human Services I 2
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 -16 Credit Hours
ACD 143 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Independent Counseling Skills 3
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 3
MTH 160 Statistics I or higher 3
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ACD 144 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Group Counseling Skills 3
ACD 142 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency & the Family OR
ACD 241 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Treatment Modalities OR
ACD 245 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Special Topics
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology3
ACD 246 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Internship & Seminar6

* ELECTIVES: Students should seek advisement regarding elective depending on their transfer plans.

Students planing to transfer to a SUNY college or university must also fulfill the SUNY General Education Requirement.