Addiction Counselor Education (CP)

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The Certificate of Proficiency in Addiction Counselor Education equips members of the helping professions as well as other professions with knowledge of the addiction disorders and behaviors in order to assist them in the delivery of services to their clients and patients. Knowledge of addictive processes can greatly assist members of law enforcement, teachers, health care workers, corrections and social services workers, among others, in performing their jobs in a more comprehensive manner. This certificate is intended only for those students already holding an associate degree or above.

General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
ENGL&101ENGLISH COMPOSITION I5
Subtotal5
Human Relations
PSYC&100GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY5
Subtotal5
Computational Skills
Course Options3
Subtotal3
Major Area Requirements
ACED 101SURVEY OF ADDICTIONOLOGY 13-5
or HSSA&101 INTRO TO ADDICTIVE DRUGS
ACED 122INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTIONS COUNSELING SKILLS3
ACED 125GROUP COUNSELING IN ADDICTIONS3
ACED 132INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING FAMILY MEMBERS3
ACED 136LAW AND ETHICS IN ADDICTIONS COUNSELING3
ACED 137ADDICTIONS AND MENTAL ILLNESS3
ACED 138PREVENTION AND EDUCATION IN THE COMMUNITY3
ACED 160PHARMACOLOGY OF DRUGS OF ABUSE3
ACED 164ADOLESCENT ADDICTION ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT3
ACED 170AIR- AND BLOOD-BORNE PATHOGENS3
ACED 201THEORIES OF COUNSELING 13
ACED 202MULTI-CULTURAL ADDICTIONS COUNSELING3
ACED 203CASE MANAGEMENT IN ADDICTION MEDICINE3
ACED 205ADVANCED TECHNIQUES FOR ADDICTION COUNSEL3
PSYC&200LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY5
Total Credits/Units60-62

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Communicate effectively, accurately, and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with diverse populations of clients, patients, colleagues, the public, and other healthcare providers.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors when working with clients, patients, other professionals, and the public.
  • Successfully complete Washington State Chemical Dependency Professional exam.
  • Understand and participate in addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge of patients and clients with addictions.
  • Treat substance abuse clients in multiple settings including individual and group counseling situations.