This program prepares the student for an entry-level position as a clinician in a drug and/or alcohol treatment center. Training is in counseling technique, case management, prevention, intervention and rehabilitation.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
- Describe, define and differentiate the various models or paradigms currently used to understand the field of chemical dependency.
- Examine, define and explain the addiction counseling theories, the philosophy of the theories and techniques for change.
- Identify and name the various drugs of abuse and the legal drugs that are used to manage withdrawal and maintain patients.
- Appraise, describe and practice ethics as they pertain to the field of chemical dependency.
- Demonstrate awareness of communicable diseases that are particularly problematic in this field, especially HIV/AIDS, HBV and HCV.
- Appraise and explain those aspects of the discipline of law that interface with the field of chemical dependency.
Upon completion of this program, graduates may seek employment in entry-level positions such as interviewers in rehabilitation treatment settings, halfway houses, detox centers, missions, women's shelters, juvenile treatment facilities and methadone maintenance centers.