A.A.S. in Health and Human Services
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling
(60 Credits) (Program Length: 60 Weeks/Total Clock Hours: 1125 hours)
The Associate in Applied Science Degree program in Health and Human Services – with a special emphasis in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling – is a comprehensive program of study designed to give students the academic and practical experience needed to work with people in in a contemporary multicultural society. This program offers a mix of curriculum-specific and general education courses designed to prepare students for work as substance abuse counselors.
While the program offers a special emphasis on Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling, it also builds on a strong foundation of the study human behavior and human development within the context of the psychological, social, and biophysical environments in which people live today. A certification process for addiction counseling is offered to further develop appropriate and effective professional education and training. Students that complete the substance abuse counseling degree program are eligible for jobs as drug and alcohol addiction counselors, rehabilitation specialists and case management specialists in the fields of chemical dependency.
This is an excellent career choice for a number of reasons:
- Job Stability: Employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Be Challenged: Flourish in interdisciplinary teams while practicing leadership responsibility and accountability for decisions and effort.
- Give Back to the Community: As a major part of their study, students will learn to appreciate and have the opportunity to work directly with people in a multi-cultural environment. Real world experienced will be gained by being assigned externships in agencies and institutions in the community.
- Personal Gratification: Enjoy the gratification of helping others in need. Students will develop skills needed to work with others on a one-on-one, as well as in group settings, from which they will practice and learn the ethical standards of the helping profession.
- Prestige: Become a member of the distinguished healthcare industry
The Mandl School Health and Human Services program trains students to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the social, political, economic and cultural context within which chemical abuse and/or dependence exists
- Demonstrate knowledge of the behavioral, psychological, physical health and social effects of chemical abuse and/or dependence on the patient and significant others
- Exhibit knowledge of the philosophies, practices, policies and outcomes of the most generally accepted models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention and continuing care for chemical abuse and/or dependence related problems
- Demonstrate skill in recognizing the potential for chemical abuse and/or dependence disorders to mimic a variety of medical and psychological disorders and the potential for medical and psychological disorders to coexist with chemical abuse and/or dependence
- Demonstrate skill in using the established diagnostic criteria for chemical abuse and/or dependence and understanding of the variety of treatment options and placement criteria within the continuum of care
- Develop an understanding of the value of an interdisciplinary approach to chemical abuse and/or dependence treatment
- Utilize acquired knowledge of the importance of family, social networks and community systems in the treatment and recovery process
- Employ various counseling strategies and develop treatment plans based on the patient’s stage of dependence or recovery
- Apply knowledge of the medical and pharmaceutical resources in the treatment of chemical abuse and/or dependence
- Demonstrate ability to incorporate the special needs of diverse racial and ethnic cultures and special populations into clinical practice, including their distinct patterns of communication
- Develop an understanding of the obligation of the CASAC to engage in prevention as well as treatment techniques and to adhere to generally accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the counseling relationship
- Integrate accepted ethical and behavioral standards and develop a stronger professional identity through personal growth experience
- Apply a basic set of common helping skills (warmth, empathy, reflective listening) for employment in the addictions field
- Develop a collaborative process resulting in a written document that identifies treatment goals and describes measureable, action steps toward achieving these goals
- Formulate a process of providing patients, families, significant others, and community groups with information on risks as well as available prevention, treatment and recovery resources
- Use critical thinking and written, oral and computer communications
- Develop a systematic approach to screening, intakes, assessment, treatment plan, clinical reports, clinical progress notes and discharge summaries
- Use of the computer as a tool of their profession
Graduates of the Mandl Health and Human Services Degree program will be ready to assume entry level position including:
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors
- Case Managers
- Health Educators
- Social and Human Service Assistants
- Community and Social Service Specialists
The program is designed to prepare students to work in a wide variety of helping settings including:
- Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Facilities
- Behavioral Health Agencies
- Geriatric Centers
- Life Care Facilities
- Youth Centers Criminal Justice Facilities
- Schools serving Special Needs Children and Youth
- Community Outreach Programs
This program is designed to prepare students to enter employment upon completion of the associate’s degree. The curriculum, however, is also useful for students who may want to continue their education at a baccalaureate institution.
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Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Status:
Upon completion of the program, student will be eligible for CASAC certification based upon fulfillment of additional New York State’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) requirements listed below:
- Proficiency in English (ability to speak, write, comprehend aurally and read).
- Demonstrate competencies that assure a level of safe practice.
- Must demonstrate character and competence to function as a CASAC in accordance with accepted standards.
- 5000 clock-hours of training of supervised, full-time equivalent experience in an approved work setting. It should be noted that successful completion of an associate degree substitutes for 1000 hours of the required 6000 hours of work experience.
- Supervisor Evaluation
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