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Graduate Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Counseling

Curriculum

To earn a certificate in Drug & Alcohol Counseling, students must complete all 18 credits offered as part of the Alcohol & Drug Counseling specialization of the Post University Master of Human Services degree program, as follows: 

Graduate Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Counseling 18 crs.
Courses
Credits
HSV530 Biology of Addiction

HSV530

Biology of Addiction - 3 Credits

This course will cover the biological effects of alcohol and drugs on human organ systems, particularly the nervous, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems.  The course will also discuss the psychopharmacology of addictions and related medical consequences, such as AIDS/HIV and Hepatitis C. In addition, the course will cover the psychological and sociological consequences associated with these conditions.  Furthermore, the use of drugs in both therapeutic and pathologic situations will be explored and general modalities of recovery will be discussed. NOTE: No transfer credits are allowed for this course.


3 crs.
HSV532 Theories of Alcohol & Drug Counseling

HSV532

Theories of Alcohol & Drug Counseling - 3 Credits

This course will cover the study of current treatment modalities essential in drug and alcohol abuse or dependency counseling. Current treatment modalities such as the Matrix Model, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will be explored. The course will also cover additional treatment theories, implications, and options that are critical to effective addictions treatment. The various stages of recovery and effective treatment methods based on length of sobriety will be explored.

Prerequisite: HSV534


3 crs.
HSV534 Psychopathology of Addiction

HSV534

Psychopathology of Addiction - 3 Credits

The course will provide a basic historical perspective of drug and alcohol abuse and/or dependence along with the descriptions of biological, psychological, and sociological factors that comprise the disease of addiction. This course will also cover the assessment and diagnosis of addictions in addition to exploring common psychological disorders which often complicate treatment efforts. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, in addition to personality disorders, will be explored in order to provide a general framework for working with often challenging cases.

Prerequisite: HSV530


3 crs.
HSV536 Group and Family Treatment in Addictions

HSV536

Group and Family Treatment in Addictions - 3 Credits

This course will cover a variety of treatment modalities that are used in addictions treatment settings. Treatment modalities that are provided in both a restricted and unrestricted environment will be discussed. Present modalities that include group, family, and self-help treatment for both adults and adolescents will be explored. Differences in court- ordered and voluntary treatment will also be examined to provide for a basic understanding of the common treatment modalities being offered today.

Prerequisite: HSV532

3 crs.
HSV593 Field Practicum I

HSV593

Field Practicum I - 3 credits

A two-module field placement designed to provide students with supervised human service experience in their particular areas of specialization. In addition to working in two field settings for a total of 360 hours, students are required to attend three online seminars for the first module of each field practicum. You are also required to contact your Academic Advisor prior to registering for these courses to insure that you have taken the necessary steps to secure a field placement prior to beginning these courses.

Prerequisites: Clinical Concentration: HSV520 or HSV521 and HSV524; NPM: One core and one concentration course; A + D concentration: One Core and HSV532.

3 crs.
HSV594 Field Practicum II

HSV594

Field Practicum II - 3 credits

A two-module field placement designed to provide students with supervised human service experience in their particular areas of specialization. In addition to working in two field settings for a total of 360 hours, students are required to attend three online seminars for the first module of each field practicum. You are also required to contact your Academic Advisor prior to registering for these courses to insure that you have taken the necessary steps to secure a field placement prior to beginning these courses.

Prerequisites: Clinical Concentration: HSV520 or HSV521 and HSV524; NPM: One core and one concentration course; A + D concentration: One Core and HSV532.

3 crs.


Once students complete these courses, they also will need to complete all other state requirements in order to become a certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor.  For more information on Connecticut state requirements, please visit http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=389230&dphNav_GID=1821. If you’re interested in become a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselorin another state, please consult the appropriate state agency to determine the specific requirements for licensure in your state.

The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.