Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Course Descriptions

DACX 800
Introduction To Alcohol & Drug Counseling
4.5 Semester Hours 

A basic framework in which alcohol and drug counseling occurs. This intensive course covers the essential alcohol and drug counseling knowledge building blocks of human behavior, family dynamics, overview of treatment, recovery approaches, program planning, client information, and cultural/lifestyle considerations.

DACX 801
Ethical and Legal Aspects in Addiction Counseling
3.0 Semester Hours 

This intensive course reviews basic ethical and legal standards, state and federal, affecting the practice of addiction counseling and prevention with adults and minors including the necessary interface with the judicial system and other government agencies such as the Department of Children's Services, the Department of Adult Protective Services and the Department of Mental Health.

DACX 802
Case Management in the Treatment of Addictions
4.5 Semester Hours 

Introduction to and training in intake, assessment, diagnosis, and other aspects of case management through to aftercare. Emphasis is placed on developing proficiency in skills and attitudes necessary for effective case management. 

DACX 803
Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs
4.5 Semester Hours 

Examination of the effects of alcohol and similar legal psychoactive drugs to the body and behavior; damage to the body and behaviors; damage to the brain, liver and other organs. Course also includes tolerance, cross tolerance, and synergistic effects, physiological differences between males and females. Covers disease model including signs and symptoms, research, neurobiological, AMA definition, and Jellinek's work.

DACX 804
Basic Counseling in the Treatment of Addictions
2.5 Semester Hours 

Introduction to and training in basic individual counseling skills. Emphasis is placed on developing proficiency in skills and attitudes necessary for individual counseling. Prerequisite: Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling.

DACX 807
Group Counseling Techniques
2.5 Semester Hours 

This course provides an introduction to the dynamics of group interaction. The individual's firsthand experience is emphasized as the group studies itself under supervision. The factors involved in problems of communication, affective responses, and personal growth will be highlighted. Group process will be examined as a means of changing behavior. Prerequisites: Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling; Basic Counseling in Treatment of Addictions recommended.

DACX 808
Family Counseling for Addiction Treatment
2.0 Semester Hours 

Studies the theories of family systems, co-dependence, motivating family involvement, techniques for multi-family groups. Course addresses the purpose, function and strategies of different types of family interventions and family self-help groups. Prerequisites: Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling and Basic Counseling in Treatment of Addictions.

DACX 809
Professional and Personal Growth
2.5 Semester Hours 

An in-depth look at the areas of counselor burnout, personal growth, professional growth (including career planning, training, education, time management), consultation, and impaired counselor resources.

DACX 810
Supervised Practicum
4.5 Semester Hours 

Support is provided to the 255 hour practicum experience. Explores self-care, reinforces and applies the material contained in the Tap 21 and the 12 Core Functions; as well as developing a “voice” as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In addition to the 45 classroom hours, this segment requires 255 hours of practical experience performed at an agency. Student has one calendar year from the start of this class to complete their practical experience component. At the practical experience site the student receives direct supervision and must complete activities covering all the 12 Core functions. For each core function there must be a minimum of 21 hours of activity performed at the site. Prerequisites: All Courses; Group Counseling Techniques or Family Counseling may be taken concurrently.
 

Course Schedule and Options

Classes offered during a specific semester are indicated by an "x" in the column under either Fall, Spring or Summer. To complete the program within 18 months, each class designated for the indicated semester must be taken.

Course Title

Fall

Spring

Summer

Fall Start

Spring Start

Introduction To Alcohol & Drug Counseling

X

X

 

Fall 1

Spring 1

Ethical and Legal Aspects of Addiction Counseling*

X

 

 

Fall 1

Fall 3

Case Management in the Treatment of Addictions

 

X

 

Spring 2

Spring 1

 Professional and Personal Growth

 

X

 

Spring 2

Spring 1

Physiology and Pharmacology

X

 

X

Fall 1

Summer 2

Basic Counseling in the Treatment of Addictions

X

X

 

Spring 2

Fall 3

Group Counseling Techniques

 

X

 

Spring 2

Spring 4

Family Counseling

X

 

X

Summer 3

Fall 3

Supervised Practicum

X

X

 

Fall 4

Spring 4

 

Spring semester start example: Under the column designated “Spring Start”, there are three classes shown as “Spring 1” (Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Case Management in the Treatment of Addictions, and Professional and Personal Growth). A student starting the program during the spring semester wishing to complete the program within 18 months must take all three classes during the first semester in which the student is enrolled.

Fall semester start example: Under the column designated “Fall Start”. There are four classes shown as “Spring 2” (Case Management in the Treatment of Addictions, Professional and Personal Growth, Basic Counseling, Group Counseling). A student starting the program during the prior fall semester wishing to complete the program within 18 months must take all four classes during the second semester in which the student is enrolled.