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Human Services - AODA Program Code 105203

Associate Degree

A Northcentral Technical College program offered at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. For information call Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is eligible for financial aid ONLY through Northcentral Technical College.

The Human Services Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse associate degree program is designed for individuals interested in working with youth, the elderly, corrections clients or providing services to the disabled while focusing on addiction issues. The degree prepares learners for entry-level positions in a variety of human service agencies.

Employment Potential

Potential employment includes: Substance abuse counseling, correctional facilities, employee and student assistance programs, and various community and social service agencies.

Note

. Health care facilities participating in field experiences require an official criminal background check in compliance with Wisconsin Statutes 1998 Caregiver Law.
. Admitted students may be invited to attend the Human Services program orientation; attendance is strongly recommended.
. Field Experiences are required as part of the program. These may be unpaid. Please work with your program faculty to establish Field Experience I & II sites.
. Health care facilities participating in field experiences require students to complete a health history with examination and recommendation from a physical including documentation regarding immunity status for rubella, rubeola, (measles), varicella (chickenpox), and mumps prior to the start of field experiences. Also, a negative PPD (TB skin test) must be documented within the 3 months prior to beginning an field experiences. If a positive PD is noted, the student will need to provide documentation and certification by a licensed physician that he/she is not a health risk to vulnerable third parties.
. Students will be required to cover any expenses related to the field experiences.
. Admission and Notification Priority: Applicants who meet the admission requirements will be admitted in order of completed application dates. Accepted students will be given the option to defer their start date two consecutive times. Should a candidate accept an admittance date and then withdraw less than one month before the semester begins, the candidate will need to reapply.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants from the NWTC District will be admitted in Fall semester only.
. For more information, please call Toll Free: 1.888.NTC.7144

Program Outcomes

. Clinically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs
. Develop treatment plans
. Facilitate referral to meet needs
. Demonstrate case management skills
. Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups and families
. Provide culturally relevant education related to substance abuse
. Document and maintain clinical records according to agency, federal and state guidelines
. Adhere to accepted ethical and behavioral conduct

Requirements for Program Entry

. A paper application can be requested by emailing admissions@ntc.edu or calling 715.675.3331, Ext. 5860. Online applications are available at www.ntc.edu.
. OPTIONAL: High school transcripts are not required for acceptance to this program, but may be used to show proof of prerequisites. High school transcripts may also contain ACT or Accuplacer scores taken while still in high school (may meet testing requirements if taken within the last 5 years).
. If applicable, include a copy of college transcripts.
. Provide proof of one of the following: Associate or bachelor’s degree, a copy of ACT or Accuplacer test scores. (Reading Comprehension: Accuplacer: 80, ACT: 18; Arithmetic: Accuplacer: 47, ACT: 18; Sentence Skills: Accuplacer: 86, ACT: 18. If you score below requirements on any portion of the ACTor Accuplacer, you will need to complete Remediation with NTC’s Learning Center or a similar service at another college. Questions regarding Remediation and how to complete can be directed to admissions@ntc.edu or 715.675.3331, Ext. 5860.)
. If you have an outstanding balance at NTC you are required to pay it in full prior to submitting an application. All application materials will be returned to you if the outstanding balance is not paid in full at the time of application.
. If information indicates that you have been convicted of a crime or have charges pending, you must speak with a program faculty member at Northcentral Technical College.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Curriculum

The Human Services - AODA program is a two-year, four-semester collaborative program between Northcentral Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Students will attend classes on the Green Bay campus and will take part in online distance learning courses available through NTC. Upon graduation, a student will have completed 70 credits. Students completing coursework at the NWTC Campus will take courses in the following order:

FIRST SEMESTER

*10-520-101 Introduction to Human Services
3
10-550-170 Understanding Substance Abuse
3
10-550-175 Personal and Professional Dev
1
10-550-178 Intro to Counseling Theory
3
10-809-196 Intro to Sociology
3
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER

*10-550-172 Group Facilitation
3
10-550-173 Psychopharmacology
3
 OR
 
10-550-174 Overview of Mental Disorders
3
10-550-179 Methods of AODA Counseling
3
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-809-159 Abnormal Psychology
3
10-809-188 Developmental Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER

*10-520-106 Human Sexuality
3
*10-520-109 Child and Adolescent Behavior
3
10-520-121 Field Experience I
3
10-544-201 GERO: Intro to Gerontology
3
10-550-177 AODA Assessment and Diagnosis
3
*10-520-143 Crisis Intervention and Stress Management
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-520-119 Advanced Counseling Theory
3
10-520-122 Field Experience II
3
10-550-176 Ethical AODA Case/Record Mgmt
3
10-801-195 Written Communication
3
10-804-107 College Mathematics
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18

TOTAL CREDITS
70

Curriculum Note
*Courses taught at NWTC via Distance Learning from Northcentral Technical College
For students seeking AODA licensure, please complete 90-550-1, AODA Certificate.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-520-101 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES ...examine the evolution of the human services field. Distinguish the various types of human service agencies and occupations available in the field. Demonstrate the qualities of the field professionals. Complete 10 hours of community service at an agency of learner's choice outside of class time. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found in the human services professions. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

10-520-106 HUMAN SEXUALITY ...learners will evaluate human sexual behavior across the lifespan. Evaluate the history of sex. Analyze sexology. Differentiate between gender roles. Identify psychological differences between sexes. Explore differences in sexual orientation, sexually transmitted diseases and methods of contraception. Analyze sexual abuse and sex for sale. Assess boundaries and sexual issues commonly found when discussing sexual issues with clients. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

10-520-109 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT BEHAVIOR ...Child and Adolescent Behavior is a course examining problematic behavior issues often encountered with children and adolescents in the field of human services. This examination is conducted in three parts. An understanding the process of healthy child and adolescent development in engaged in the early stages of the course. With this understanding, the course then addresses numerous problematic environmental, situational, and neurological issues that impede healthy development; and the diagnostic results of these impediments. Finally, the course comprehensively addresses systematic, therapeutic and medicinal interventions for various diagnostic disorders. The course focuses on strength-based models and trauma-sensitive approaches, and is solution-based to prepare students for successful integration to human services professions and/or further study in the field. (Prerequisite: 10-809-188, Developmental Psychology)

10-520-119 ADVANCED COUNSELING THEORY ...This course is an extension of skills already learned in classes such as Introduction to Counseling, Behavior Assessment, and Abnormal Psychology. Students will learn about the skills and techniques used in cognitive-behavioral therapy, and will learn how to apply specific therapies to specific needs and mental health diagnoses. Students will also learn about different theoretical orientations to mental health problems with a special emphasis on the contrast between cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic theories. Crisis intervention techniques, skills and theory will be discussed in some depth with an emphasis on the helper’s role in providing those services; as well as the helper’s potential to fall victim to the effects of such experience. Modern film will be used to provide examples as well as material for discussion during this course. (Prerequisites: Accepted to Human Services-AODA program; 10-520-115, Introduction to Counseling; 10-809-159, Abnormal Psychology)

10-520-121 FIELD EXPERIENCE I ...Field Experience 1 is a class designed to introduce the student to the field AODA Human Services by providing the student with actual work experience in an AODA human service agency. Students will provide a minimum of 144 hours of service to the agency of their choice, with direct supervision provided by the agency supervisor. The student will work with the agency to define the individual learning objectives to be obtained during the course of the internship. The goal is to facilitate the student's transition into the work world. Students will also have 18 hours of classroom lecture. (Prerequisites: Accepted into the Human Services Program; 10-550-178, Introduction to Counseling; 10-550-179, Methods AODA Counseling; 10-550-172, Group Facilitation; successful completion of background check on www.CertifiedBackground.com and enter package code NF54.)

10-520-122 FIELD EXPERIENCE II ...Field Experience 2 is the second of two field experience courses designed to introduce the student to the field of Human Services by providing the student with actual work experience in a human service agency. Students will provide a minimum of 144 hours of service to the agency of their choice, with direct supervision provided by the agency supervisor. Students will also have 18 hours of lecture-based instruction. *Students must complete an application for this class. The application and cut-off dates for Field 2 can be found at http://coursecontent.ntc.edu/humanservices/fieldexperience/. The student will work with the agency to define the individual learning objectives to be obtained during the course of the internship. The goal is to facilitate the student's transition into the work world. (Prerequisites: Accepted in the Human Services program; 10-520-121, Field Experience 1)

10-520-143 CRISIS INTERVENTION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT ...explore techniques and approaches to crisis intervention and stress management for providers in the human services field. Determine strategies for initial intervention, diffusion and assessment, resolution and/or referral with emphasis on safety. Explore psychological processes regarding the short- and long-term approach to stress. Determine secondary traumatization, burnout and remediation techniques. Evaluate critical incident debriefing. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found with crisis intervention and stress management. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

10-544-201 GERO: INTRO TO GERONTOLOGY ...a general overview of the field of aging. Topics include demographic, biological, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process.

10-550-170 UNDERSTANDING SUBSTANCE ABUSE ...a holistic approach including epidemiology, etiology and definitions; prevention and treatment, social and health care institutions and resource agencies and ethics and legal issues in the helping profession with a focus on self-attitudes, values and goals.

10-550-172 GROUP FACILITATION ...learners are introduced to group counseling techniques such as facilitating the process of forming a group, determining group type, purpose, size, leadership, establishing goals and clarifying group rules. (Corequisite: 10-550-179, Methods of AODA Counseling)

10-550-173 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY ...learners will be introduced to the basic concepts of psychopharmacology and the function of the organs and systems of the human body and brain.

10-550-174 OVERVIEW OF MENTAL DISORDERS ...learners will be introduced to the symptomology and etiology and classification of psychiatric disorders and treatment.

10-550-175 PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT...this course will introduce the personal and professional qualities and responsibilities AODA counselors should incorporate into their practice. Learners will clarify personal values and beliefs while examining their strengths and weaknesses. The course content will include ethical issues surrounding substance abuse counseling.

10-550-176 ETHICAL AODA CASE AND RECORD MANAGEMENT ...covers ethical case management, coordination of integrative services for AODA clients and the accurate management of treatment records. (Prerequisite: 10-550-177, AODA Assessment and Diagnosis)

10-550-177 AODA ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS ...learners develop a working knowledge of gathering and interpreting information used in forming diagnoses based on the criteria in the DSM-IV TR. Learners will explore various diagnostic tools and determine the level of care utilizing the Wisconsin UPC. (Prerequisite: 10-550-170, Understanding Substance Abuse)

10-550-178 INTRO TO COUNSELING THEORY ...learners are introduced to the basic counseling skills and will begin to examine the counseling theories utilized in the human services professions.

10-550-179 METHODS OF AODA COUNSELING ...learners are introduced to a number of counseling theories and techniques that can be utilized in the human services profession. The theories will be explored in relation to substance abuse counseling. (Prerequisite: 10-550-178, Intro to Counseling Theory)

10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-159 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY ...surveys features, causes, assessment and treatment of abnormal behavior through major theoretical perspectives. Introduces the diagnosis system of the DSM-IV, the history, cultural/social differences, current perspectives, diagnosis criteria/treatments. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-188 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ...defines human development; examines theories; heredity and environmental effects; prenatal development and birth; evaluates biosocial, cognitive psychosocial development through the life span; aging, death, and dying. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-195 WRITTEN COMMUNICATION ...the nature and scope of academic and business writing. Develops writing skills which include pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the UW-Oshkosh General Studies Transfer Certificate; Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT- Reading =15 OR 77-851-759 BE Communication Prep IIB OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) This course is offered only on an infrequent basis. 3 cr.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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