Substance Abuse Counseling

The purpose of the educational program is the formation of high quality health professionals to provide services of excellence in substance abuse treatment and prevention in response to need in the community.  The Substance Abuse Counseling Program confers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling degree aiming to impart the knowledge, skills and competences to provide substance abuse counseling services to individual clients, their families, groups, and others in the community.  In addition the program offers a Masters in Health Science in Substance Abuse Counseling with the goal of imparting the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable Counselors to provide and supervise services and to plan, manage, and evaluate substance abuse programs for prevention and treatment in public and private organizations.

 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Substance Abuse

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Substance Abuse will train professionals to provide addictions counseling services to individual clients, their families, groups, and others in the community. The program will enable students to:

  • Acquire competencies in knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for effective substance abuse counseling of individuals, groups and families.
  • Understand and apply theoretical foundations necessary for substance abuse counseling of individuals, groups, and families.
  • Perform effectively the professional functions of an addiction counselor.
  • Apply knowledge and strategies for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of substance abuse.
  • Practice effective counseling within a bio-psychosocial approach in diverse public and private settings.
  • Perform as member of a professional interdisciplinary team.
  • Understand various perspectives in issues related to substance abuse counseling; considering the social, political, economic, and cultural context within which substance abuse exits.

 

The graduate of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Substance Abuse will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes of the professional functions of an addiction counselor.
  • Access and apply state of the art knowledge and skills in substance abuse counseling throughout their career.
  • Perform effectively as member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Adhere to professional and ethical standard for addiction counselors.
  • Provide effective and holistic services to substance abuse clients, their families and other in the community.

 

Master in Health Science in Substance Abuse Counseling

The Master in Health Science in Substance Abuse Counseling will impart the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable Counselors to provide and supervise services and to plan, manage, and evaluate substance abuse programs for prevention and treatment in public and private organizations.  The Program will enable students to:

  • Develop competencies to provide effective substance abuse counseling to individuals, groups, and families according to their needs and resources.
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes in management of Substance Abuse Programs.

 

Graduates of the Master in Health Science in Substance Abuse Counseling will:

  • Demonstrate competent provision of substance abuse counseling services to individuals, families, and groups.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enhance the effectiveness of interdisciplinary team, working in substance abuse programs.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior and professional commitment as substance abuse counselors as well as in their roles in the management of substance abuse programs.
  • Foster the delivery of effective and humane services to substance abuse clients, their families, and others in the community.
  • Demonstrate competencies in the supervision of substance abuse counseling services and management of substance abuse programs.
  • Access and apply findings of current scientific studies to their field of specialization.

 

Curricular Overview

Certificate in Substance Abuse Counselor

Course Code Course Tittle Credits
SAC504 Human Development 3
SAC503A Neuropsychopharmacological Aspects of Substance Abuse 3
SAC511 Theory and Practice of Individual Counseling 4
SAC501A Theotherical Models of Addictions and its implications for Counseling 3
SAC516 Theory and Practice of Family Counseling 3
SAC514 Theory and Practice of Group Counseling 3
SAC517 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Substance Abuse Counseling 2
SAC530 Internship I:  Substance Abuse Counseling 4

 

 

Master in Substance Abuse Counselor

Course Code Course Tittle Credits
SAC504 Human Development 3
SAC503A Neuropsychopharmacological Aspects of Substance Abuse 3
SAC511 Theory and Practice of Individual Counseling 4
SAC501A Theotherical Models of Addictions and its implications for Counseling 3
SAC516 Theory and Practice of Family Counseling 3
SAC514 Theory and Practice of Group Counseling 3
SAC517 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Substance Abuse Counseling 2
SAC530 Internship I:  Substance Abuse Counseling 4

 

2nd year

Course Code Course Tittle Credits
SAC635 Design, Planning, and Implementation of Substance Abuse Programs 3
SAC633 Research Methodology 3
SAC629 Clinical Intervention of Special Population 2
SAC619 Theory and Practice of Supervision 3
SAC625 Program Evaluation 2
SAC515 Theory and Practice of Substance Abuse Prevention 2
SAC630 Internship II: Planning, Management, and Evaluation of Substance Abuse 4
Comprehensive Exam 0

 

 

Internship

Internship I: Substance Abuse Counseling emphasizes the acquisition of substance abuse counseling skills and the integration of these skills into a variety of substance abuse prevention and treatment settings. A rich combination of at-risk populations, substance abuse treatment scenarios and substance abuse counseling supervisors will ensure that students acquire basic competencies in each core counselor function. An attempt will be made to individualize the internship to meet each trainee’s specific needs. The internship is divided into different rotations and a seminar. On each rotation the student works closely with the staff substance abuse counselor who provides supervision and guidance. The student becomes a member of the interdisciplinary team and provides counseling services to clients (individuals, family and groups), consultation to other professionals, attends interdisciplinary meetings and presents clients’ progress in staff conferences.

In consultation with the Internship Coordinator, the student will select internship sites from the available private and public treatment settings with which agreements have been reached. In addition to the rotations, the student is expected to participate in a two hour seminar every other week. This didactic aspect of the internship is intended to offer academic training in areas that directly relate to the student’s present and future career as a wellrounded substance abuse counselor. The didactics include case presentations, lectures and conferences. Topics covered in this seminar include substance abuse counseling strategies (individuals, family and group), research in neuropsychopharmacology and clinical aspects of substance abuse, and professional and ethical responsibilities of the substance abuse counselor.

 

INTERNSHIP II: Planning, Management and Evaluation of Substance Abuse Programs is the culmination of the student’s formal training in substance abuse. Through this internship, the student directly and actively engages in the process of identifying programmatic needs in order to supervise a substance abuse counseling service and plan, implement, manage and evaluate a substance abuse program. The students will also attain direct experience in supervising substance abuse counselors. Students will apply.the knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses on the administration of substance abuse programs, and gain first-hand appreciation of the factors that promote or impede effective planning, management and evaluation.