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Substance Abuse Counselor Education Technical Diploma

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Program Code: 315501

If you're interested in becoming a substance abuse counselor, consider the Substance Abuse Counselor Education technical diploma. You'll experience 360 hours of education across six content areas required for substance abuse counselors. This comprehensive education program is preapproved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. All credits in this technical diploma may be applied towards the Human Services associate degree. Interested applicants should contact 920-498-5444 to schedule an appointment with the program academic advisor.

Follow Your Path

All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Human Services Associate, 105203
All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this technical diploma:
• Substance Abuse Specialty, 905502

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Employment Potential

• A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Training or Substance Abuse Counselor.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application
• . All applicants must make an appointment with the advisor, Mollie Kaebisch, to enter an application. Acceptance into this program requires an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree. Please call (920) 498-5444 to make an appointment.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
Green Bay ---
Paper Application
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Substance Abuse Counselor Education technical degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-550-178 INTRO TO COUNSELING ...learners are introduced to the basic counseling skills and will begin to examine the counseling theories utilized in the human services professions. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma, or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
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: 10-550-178, Intro to 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. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma, or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma, or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
10-550-175 INTRO TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROF...Explore characteristics that are incorporated into substance abuse counseling and practice. Determine personal values, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses. Analyze the eight practice dimensions used to effectively treat substance use disorders: clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling, patient, family and community education, documentation and professional and ethical responsibilities. Evaluate legal and ethical issues surrounding substance abuse counseling. Apply reflective practitioner methods. Utilize clinical supervision. Information will be provided in regard to Wisconsin licensing for substance abuse counseling. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY ...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 3200; OR Accuplacer Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SECOND SEMESTER
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. (Prerequisite: 10-550-178, Intro to Counseling)
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)
10-550-179 ADVANCED COUNSELING THEORY ...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: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate; 10-550-178, Intro to Counseling)
10-550-174 OVERVIEW OF MENTAL DISORDERS ... Learners will be introduced to the symptomology and etiology and classification of psychiatric disorders and treatment. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma, or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
10-520-102 BOUNDARIES AND ETHICS ...Analyze case scenarios to practice the process of ethical decision making. Evaluate the ethical codes of the helping professions to increase ability to apply these ethical principles to a variety of scenarios. Determine professional boundary issues. Incorporate ethical standards into decision making processes. Apply reflective practitioner methods. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma, or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
10-520-190 Motivational Interviewing ...Ascertain fundamental building block skills in motivational interviewing. Apply spirit and basic motivational interviewing methods in therapeutic relationships. Evaluate performance through real play counseling sessions and personal experience reflections. Recognize ambivalence and motivation to change. Determine differences between sustain and change talk. Apply collaborative goal setting. Determine client direction using focus techniques. (Prerequisite: 10-550-178, Intro to Counseling)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
TOTAL CREDITS
34
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-550-XXX and 10-520-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" may retake the course.
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.

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 behavior conduct.

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Industry Credentials

• Provides 360 hours of education across the 6 content areas required for substance abuse counselors.

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