Students become familiar with addictions counseling, its professional ethics, and its role in society. They learn the 12 core functions of an addiction counselor: screening, intake orientation, assessment, treatment planning, referrals, reports and record keeping, and consultation with other professionals. They know and apply current theory and research in their field, and gain sufficient knowledge for competent interdisciplinary counseling practice. They exhibit socially-conscious behaviors, critical thinking, and effective communication skills in their work with individuals, caregivers, families, staff, and other professionals.
Careers and Further Study
Addictions counseling professionals help people through public health agencies, youth services, residential treatment programs, hospitals, outpatient substance abuse programs, and homeless shelters Alcohol and Drug Counseling program completers may submit applications based on:
- Bachelor’s degree – applicants may request transfer into a master’s degree program.
- Without a bachelor’s degree – applicants may request portfolio evaluation of these courses for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree program.
- CADAC certification by MBSACC and LADC licensing by the Mass. Dept. of Public Health.