Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

AAD - Applied Art and Design
ACC - Accounting
ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
ACD 140 - Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency and the Human Service Worker

3 Credits

Designed to heighten students' awareness of substance abuse problems. Students will develop a base knowledge concerning the pharmacology of drugs, including the different types of drugs and their physiological and psychological effects. An exploration of the social response to their use will be included. Areas of social service practice to be covered include theories and models of the etiology of chemical dependency as well as tactics of prevention and treatment designed to meet client needs. (Carries MCC college credit and 45 hours N.Y.S. OASAS-approved credit.) Three class hours.

Prerequisite: Placement at ENG 101 level.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss the addiction process and the impact of substance abuse on society.
2. Describe the Twelve (12)step and Mutual Aid Groups.
3. Explain the linkage between tobacco use, nicotine use and substance dependency.
4. Discuss tobacco use and nicotine treatment, which could include nicotine replacement therapy.
5. Describe the impact of various effects of mood altering drugs which could include the pharmacology, physiological, and the psychological.
6. Explain the difference between use, abuse, and dependency.
7. Explain some of the factors that contribute to drug use, abuse and dependency.
8. Identify various theories and models of addiction.
9. Explain the importance of prevention and intervention strategies related to substance abuse.
10. Explain the Canon of Ethical Principles related to the practice of substance abuse.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ACD 142 - Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency and the Family System

3 Credits

Provides students with the pertinent education and training related to issues and information specific to the effects of alcohol and other drug abuse/dependency on the family system and the community, including, but not limited to, physical, developmental, psychological, cultural and sociological implications. Case management, methods of assessment, therapeutic treatment techniques and resources within the community will be addressed. (Carries MCC college credit and 45 hours N.Y.S. OASAS-approved credit.) Three class hours.

Prerequisite: ACD 140 with a grade C or higher or taken concurrently.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Examine how alcoholism/chemical dependency influences the family system which could include generational, physical, psychological, or sociological implications.
2. Describe how the family system affects individual assessment, treatment or therapy.
3. Explain appropriate family support aids for families and adult children of those families.
4. Discuss ethical and professional principles for working with families.
5. Explain the implications of substance abuse for children of addictive families, which may include the need for individual therapy and future therapeutic considerations.
6. Discuss the process of addiction as it relates to the family.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ACD 143 - Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Counseling Skills

3 Credits

Development of specialized skills in individual counseling specific to the field of chemical dependency. A major component will be the in-depth consideration of each client's individual needs. (Carries MCC college credit and 45 hours N.Y.S. OASAS-approved credit.) Three class hours.

Prerequisite: ACD 140 with a grade of C or higher or taken concurrently.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss individual counseling skills, which may include techniques of therapeutic communication, active listening,transference, and boundaries.
2. Assess needs of individuals and recommend or provide appropriate care, which may include crisis situations.
3. Evaluate treatment effectiveness for each client and adjust treatment techniques and levels as appropriate.
4. Develop, maintain and update treatment plans based on client diagnoses, progress, and needs.
5. Discuss issues of adherence to the Canon of Ethical Principles and Federal Regulations of Confidentiality with an understanding of how these relate to counselor responsibilities and continuing professional development.
6. Discuss case management skills, which could include consultation (Consent for Referral obtained), collaboration or advocacy.
7. Demonstrate confidence in 1:1 counselor/client interactions.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ACD 144 - Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse Group Counseling Skills

3 Credits

Development of specialized skills in group counseling appropriate in the field of chemical dependence counseling. Methods of application of these skills and knowledge necessary for implementing effective counseling will be provided. (Carries MCC college credit and 45 hours N.Y.S. OASAS-approved credit.) Three class hours.

Prerequisite: ACD 140 with a grade of C or higher or taken concurrently.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Complete a client needs assessment which may include the level of group placement.
2. Describe different types of group counseling methods, which could include techniques, timing, listening and the role of the facilitator.
3. Explain the stages of group counseling which could include the counselor's task at the different group stages.
4. Demonstrate effective group counseling skills which may include responses to group dynamics, behaviors of group members,or closure.
5. Demonstrate appropriate group note documentation.
6. Discuss ethical decision-making and conduct as they relate to substance abuse practice.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ACD 241 - Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Treatment Modalities

3 Credits

Provides students with a comprehensive education related to the broad range of planned and continuing services, included, but not limited to: diagnostic evaluation, continuing assessment, counseling, medical pharmacological, psychiatric , psychological, spiritual and social care, relapse prevention, vocational rehabilitation and career counseling. Will develop cognizance of confidentiality and ethical issues involved in assessment and treatment, which may be extended to persons with alcohol and other substance abuse problems. (Carries MCC college credit and 45 hours N.Y.S. OASAS-approved credit.) Three class hours.

Prerequisite: ACD 140 with a grade of C or higher

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain substance abuse assessment and evaluation.
2. Explain substance abuse diagnostic criteria.
3. Examine cultural competency as it relates to the substance abuse population.
4. Develop a treatment plan which may include client record keeping and discharge planning.
5. Discuss case management, which may include service referrals and service coordination as they relate to the substance abuse population.
6. Discuss the toxicology of drugs, which may include toxicology testing and screening.
7. Describe a variety of counseling approaches which may include techniques, modalities,or levels of care for the treatment of substance abuse issues.
8. Discuss effective ethical client treatment placement for a diverse population.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ACD 245 - Special Issues in the Field of Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse

3 Credits

Provides students with the knowledge and skills that will prepare them to understand and deliver appropriate services to individuals who have been affected by the use/abuse/dependency on alcohol and other drugs. Issues will include, but not be limited to, communicable diseases, socio-cultural topics, cultural relevance, MICA population, adolescents, elderly, women, gay/lesbian population, violence and abuse, advocacy, counseling wellness, supervision, prevention, and community education. (Carries MCC college credit and 45 hours N.Y.S. OASAS-approved credit.) Three class hours.

Prerequisite: ACD 140 with a grade of C or higher

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain ethical decision making and conduct as they relates to substance abuse practice.
2. Examine confidentiality/legal issues as they relate to current federal (HIPPAA) and state laws regarding substance abuse practice.
3. Explain the completed Mandated Child Abuse and Maltreatment online course for Addiction Professionals.
4. Discuss the OASAS Canon of Ethical Principles, the Federal Confidentiality of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Patient Record Laws (Title 42 CFR. 1(2), and the federal and state confidentiality laws regarding HIV status.
5. Compare and contrast the potential link between communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS and the abuse of psychoactive drugs.
6. Discuss counselor wellness practices, which may include time management, work/life balance, personal biases, stressors and the utilization of clinical supervision.
7. Discuss the role of diverse mutual aid support groups in addiction recovery.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ACD 246 - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency Internship Seminar

6 Credits

Provides students with in-depth experience in the addiction treatment field. Students will complete an internship totaling 300 hours for the course i.e. averaging 20 hours per week for 15 weeks, plus a 2-hour-a-week seminar, or 25 hours a week plus a 2 1/2 hour-a-week seminar in the 12 week summer program. In the seminar, issues encountered by the students in their internships will be addressed, and information regarding some needed skills and knowledge will be provided. Internship hours worked in addiction treatment agencies may be counted as volunteer work hours or as educational hours toward the N.Y.S. CASAC but not both. Two class hours, 300 experiential hours.

Prerequisite(s): ACD140, ACD143, ACD144, ENG101, HUM101/HUM111, all with a C or higher and permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss ethical decision making as it relates to substance abuse practice.
2. Create and maintain of clients charts and records, including required privacy protection.
3. Summarize client histories with appropriate brevity based on DSM criteria.
4. Match clients with appropriate addiction treatment programs, including referrals where appropriate.
5. Interact in appropriate, professional ways with clients and colleagues in the treatment setting.
6. Provide clients with update information regarding the course and effects of addiction and the physiological and psychological effects of specific drugs.
7. Explain the application of theory to real life differences as experienced in individual internships.
8. Select appropriate ethical standards from the Canon of Ethical Principles when addressing ethical issues in individual internships.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ACD 290 - Independent Study

Variable Credit

See the Department Chairperson.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

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