Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6pm
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Spring 2015 Application Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014

 

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THE PROGRAM


The Certificate Program in Alcohol/Drug Counseling consists of eleven (11) courses designed to prepare individuals for entry into the substance abuse counseling field at a professional level. The certificate is widely recognized by alcohol treatment centers. Abuse of many kinds of substances is covered, including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and pcp. Also covered are process additiction (such as eating disorders, gambling, and sex addictions) and domestic violence. All courses provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a board-approved provider number for registered nurses and teachers (link to CSUDH catalogue).

Location
Classes are held weeknights on the CSU, Dominguez Hills, campus in Carson. Alcohol and Drug Counseling classes are convenient for people living and working in or near Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Hawthorne, Gardena, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.

Eligibility Requirements
Students may enter the program in either the Fall or Spring Semester. Applicants should
have completed at least two years of college or have at least two years of work experience
in a health or human service agency. If the applicant is a recovering substance abuser,
two years of continuous sobriety is required. Prospective students must complete an application form and supply transcripts and letters of recommendation.

The Certificate
Upon satisfactory completion of all 11 (eleven) courses with a 2.5 grade point average, and 300 hours of field work, the student will receive a Certificate as recognition of educational achievement and professional status. The Certificate is widely recognized by alcoholism treatment centers. Students who successfully complete the certificate are eligible for and may apply to sit for the National Board of Addiction Examiners exam for national certification.

ADX 300, 308, and 309 may be taken on an individual basis without formal entrance
into the Certificate Program.

Cost
Fees are listed on the schedule. Fees must be paid before classes begin, and are subject to change.

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available for qualified applicants
who are enrolled in the certificate program. Please
contact the Michelle Matthews at (310) 243-3691
for additional information.

The Courses
Classes may be taken on an individual basis without formal entrance into the Certificate Program. Students must successfully complete eleven courses in the program. Students may choose either ADX 309 or ADX 311.

Required Courses
Introduction to Alcoholism ADX 300
Introduction to Counseling ADX 301
Counseling the Individual ADX 302
Perspectives on Drug Abuse: Counseling the Substance Abuser ADX 303
Group Counseling Techniques ADX 304
Seminar in Counseling Fieldwork I ADX 351
Counseling Fieldwork I ADX 352
Family Dynamics ADX 306
Seminar in Counseling Fieldwork II ADX 353
Counseling Fieldwork II ADX 354

Elective Courses (Choose One)
Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Domestic Violence ADX 309
Process Addiction ADX 311
ADX 300-306 and ADX 351-354 are required. Students may choose either ADX 309 or ADX 311.

Transferable Courses
Five courses offered in this program are degree applicable. Courses that can be substituted within the Human Services Program only are as follows:
ADX 301 (substitute as equivalent to HUS 310)
ADX 304 (substitute as equivalent to HEA 315)
ADX 306 (substitute as equivalent to SOC 320 or HIS 379)
ADX 351/352 & ADX 353/354 (substitute as equivalent to HUS 380/381)

Three additional ADX courses can be used as electives.

For students who are majoring in Human Services at CSUDH and who wish to complete the requirements for the Certificate, the equivalents are as follows:
PSY 367 or HUS 310 is equivalent to ADX 301
PSY 342 or HEA 315 is equivalent to ADX 304
SOC 320 or HIS 379 is equivalent to ADX 306

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Introduction to Alcoholism
ADX 300, 3 ext. units
This course provides basic information about alcohol:
the physiological, psychological and sociological effects of alcohol abuse; identification of social drinking, problem drinking; etiologocal theories of alcoholism; defense mechanisms; the counseling relationship and basic treatment issues.

Introduction to Counseling Techniques
ADX 301, 3 ext. units
This course introduces the skills and techniques necessary for counseling. Students will learn to use active listening skills and to develop a high empathy level. The course is both theoretical and experiential.

Counseling the Individual
ADX 302, 3 ext. units
Prerequisites: ADX 300, ADX 301

This course develops an understanding of the psychological factors in alcoholism and drug
abuse and their implications for treatment. Counseling techniques are examined and practiced including assessment, perception and communication, skills required for various stages of treatment, prognosis and termination.

Perspectives on Drug Abuse: Counseling the Substance Abuser
ADX 303, 3 ext. units
Prerequisites: ADX 300, ADX 301

This course is an introduction to this major social/psychological problem. Students learn the
basic pharmacology of the commonly encountered street drugs and behavioral and physiological consequences of drug abuse. Poly addiction and treatment modalities are also covered.

Group Counseling Techniques
ADX 304, 3 ext. units
Prerequisites: ADX 300, ADX 301

This course provides an understanding of group dynamics, defenses, problems, goals and growth. The roles of the group facilitator and group members are examined and practiced in class.

Family Dynamics
ADX 306, 3 ext. units
Prerequisites: ADX 300, ADX 301

This course introduces theories of the effects of substance abuse (alcohol and/or drugs) as
they relate to the family system. Students gain insight into the identification and solution of problems of the pathologic family and the individual roles and behavior patterns that exist within it.

Seminar in Counseling Fieldwork I
ADX 351, 2 Ext. Units

The Fieldwork course is designed to provide the student with basic understanding of the role of an Addiction Counselor while the student is participating in an internship (ADX 352). The course covers the Twelve Core Functions, State Mandated Reporting Requirements, Legal Aspects, Suicide, and Charting, which are principal applications for paraprofessionals in the Addictions Field. This course utilizes various teaching and instructional modalities accompanied by handouts, recommended book/reading for review, problem solving activities, skill exercises, small group exercises and open guided discussion.

Counseling Fieldwork I
ADX 352, 1 Ext. Unit

The ADX 352 Fieldwork component is the first of two fieldwork courses in the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate Program. It is structured to provide guided instructions regarding the professional expectations of working in this field and the practical aspects of Addiction Counseling. It is also designed to meet the initial requirements of the State of California approved substance abuse certifying agencies and provides the “hands-on” experience of being an Addiction Counselor. The course is driven by the exchange of ideas regarding student experiences encountered while in the field. Discussions will revolve around best practice, service delivery and appropriate conduct as an Addiction Counselor.

Seminar in Counseling Fieldwork II
ADX 353, 2 Ext. Units
This Fieldwork course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to function as a Group Facilitator by providing a full lecture/training on their chosen Alcohol and Drug topic.  Students will review and discuss various clinical vignettes to increase their understanding and ability in Treatment Planning and Assessments.  Students will continue with their internship hours while participating in the Fieldwork course.  Since this is the final class in a program designed to prepare students for positions in the field of chemical dependency and other addictive disorders, much of the emphasis in the assigned coursework is geared to polishing research, writing, and speaking skills, as well as clinical skills. 

Counseling Fieldwork II
ADX 354, 1 Ext. Unit
The ADX 354 Fieldwork component is the second of two fieldwork courses in the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification Program.  It is structured to provide guided instructions regarding the professional expectations in working in this field and the practical aspects of Addiction Counseling. It is also designed to continue to meet the initial requirements of the State of California approved substance abuse certifying agencies and provides the “hands-on” experience of being an Addiction Counselor. The course is driven by the exchange of ideas regarding student experiences encountered while in the field.  Discussions will revolve around best practice, service delivery and appropriate conduct as an Addiction Counselor.

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Domestic Violence
ADX 309, 3 ext. units (elective)
Designed for faciliators of domestic violence treatment groups and to partially meet the requirements of California state law regulating approved domestic violence treatment programs for court-madated counseling. Utilizes several cognitive-behavioral and relationship skill-building approaches to help clients. A national certificate in domestic violence can be earned in this course.

Process Addictions
ADX 311, 3 Ext. Units (elective)
The course provides an introduction to and identification of process addictions, their symptoms and treatment. Process addictions of gambling, gaming, video games, work, internet, sex, cybersex, pornography, spending/debting, shopping, overeating, exercise, social media, chat rooms and Texting will be examined from a developmental, behavioral, familial and cultural perspective. Impulse control disorder (ICD) will also be examined. Historical perspectives, attitudes and current societal emphasis on these addictions and disorders will be highlighted. Important issues such as incidence of cross addiction and dual diagnosis frequently accompanying these symptoms along with current research will be presented.

 

THE FACULTY

  • Veronica Bobe-Kollmeyer, M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, Addiction Specialist, Domestic Violence Counselor, Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor.
  • Toni B. White, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and has a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from CSUDH.
  • Dario L. Ghio, M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Executive Director, Harbor Area Counseling Services
  • Robbin I. Gregson is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders in the South Bay over the past 20 years. She is currently in private practice .
  • Jean Hendricks, Ph.D., is in private practice in Manhattan Beach.
  • Timothy Hutson, MA. Addiction Specialist with 31 years of counseling experience.
    Director of the Adolescent Education Program, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (South Bay.)
  • Victoria Scott, MS, CADII, LAADC has over 18 years of clinical experience in addiction
    treatment and behaviorial health

PROGRAM INFORMATION
For further information contact: gmckeney@csudh.edu or at 310-243-3782.

Advisory Board
Craig Burazin, Director of Rehabilitation Services, The Salvation Army
Mari Conti, Program Coordinator, Masada Homes
Chuck Kalajkovic, Clinical Director, Drivers Benefits Inc.
Terese Lang, Primary Counselor, Thelma McMillen Center, Torrance Memorial
Barbara Smith, Program Director, NCADD, South Bay   
Bob Tyler, Director of Operations, Twin Town Treatment Centers and immediate past president for CAADAC

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Professional Links
Alcohol & Drug Counseling:


Association of Chistian Alcohol & Drug Counseling Institute
http://www.acadc.org/index.html

California Association of Alcoholism & Abuse Counselors
http://www.caadac.org

Find a Counseling Center
http://www.findacounselingcenter.com

American Council on Alcoholism
http://www.aca-usa.org

Drug Watch
http://www.drugwatch.com