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Substance Abuse & Addiction Technician (Certificate)

Want to help people with substance abuse and addiction problems? This 18 credit certificate program will prepare you for a rewarding career in the varied field of addiction treatment.

In this program, students will be introduced to the effects that substance abuse and chemical dependency have on society. They will gain an understanding of what addiction is, the different drugs that are used (both legal and illegal), how to work with those who have physical and psychological addictions, the various types of treatment, and counseling approaches.

Graduates are able to be confident assistants in the area of substance abuse and addiction treatment. This program can also serve as professional development for those currently working in the field of substance abuse and addiction treatment.

Requirements & Course Sequence

Program Objectives

  1. Identify biological, social, and psychological effects and causes of substance abuse, chemical dependency, and addictions.
  2. Demonstrate a cultural awareness of substance abuse, chemical dependency, and addictions.
  3. Demonstrate a basic set of helping skills for entry-level employment in the field of addiction counseling (i.e. interviewing skills, conducting assessments, monitoring/recording client progress, and case management).
  4. Collaborate with other helping professionals to assist in planning/coordinating treatment.
  5. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity, critical thinking, and ethical characteristics of a helping professional.