Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

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1 Hour Information Session
FREE!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009; 6pm
Extended Education EE 1210
RSVP: 310-243-3782

THE PROGRAM


The Certificate Program in Alcohol/Drug Counseling consists of 9 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 eating disorders and domestic violence. All courses provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a board-approved provider number for registered nurses and teachers.
1-Hour Information Session --
Free to the Public

Come learn about the Alcohol
& Drug Counseling Certificate Program.
You get an overview of the industry and
job opportunities. The next information session will be Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 6pm in EE 1205. Call 310-243-3782 to make your reservation.

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 strongly recommended. Prospective students must
complete an application form and supply
transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Call (310) 243-3782 for more information.

The Certificate
Upon satisfactory completion of all nine 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.

Who Should Attend
Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of college or have at least 2 years of work experience in a health or human service agency. If the applicant is a recovering addict, two
years of continuous sobriety is strongly recommended. Prospective students must complete
an application form and supply transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Call (310) 243-3782 for more information.

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
Students must successfully complete nine courses
in the program. ADX 300-307 are required. Students may choose either ADX 308 or ADX 309.

Transferable Courses
Courses transferable to the Human Services Program and their equivalents are as follows:
ADX 300 (transfer as elective)
ADX 301 (transfer as equivalent to HUS 310)
ADX 302 (transfer as elective)
ADX 303 (transfer as an elective)
ADX 304 (transfer as equivalent to HEA 315)
ADX 305 & ADX 307 (transfer as equivalent to HUS 380/381)
ADX 306 (transfer as equivalent to SOC 320 or HIS 379)
ADX 308 (transfer as elective)
ADX 309 (transfer as elective)

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

THE FACULTY

  • Veronica Bobekolmeyer is a M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, Addiction Specialist, Domestic Violence Counselor.
  • Toni Brinson, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and has a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from CSUDH.
  • Robbin I. Gregson is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders in the South Bay over the past 15 years. She is currently in private practice .
  • Jean Hendricks, Ph.D., is in private practice in Manhattan Beach.
  • Gisela Kunstler, MA has been providing counseling services in the L.A. area for over ten years.
  • Kathryn Tull, is a MFT in private practice and is a community health specialist in a trauma-focused in-home therapy serving high-risk youth and their families.

COURSES 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 experimental.
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.
Introductory Practicum
ADX 305, 2 ext. units
Prerequisites: ADX 300, ADX 301

This course introduces the student to the applied counseling experience. Students become knowledgeable about community resources, learn documentation techniques, charting, and
case studies. Issues related to grief, loss, stress, and counselor burnout are addressed.

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.
Advanced Practicum
ADX 307, 2 ext. units
Prerequisites: ADX 300, ADX 301

This course demonstrates how to link clients with community resources. The student learns charting techniques, becomes aware of the needs of special populations and develops a further understanding of the counselor-client relationship, including confidentiality and legal aspects.
The student learns about the multidisciplinary treatment team, how to take histories and make psychological evaluations. The various alcoholism treatment agencies and program modalities -
their staffing, funding, operational procedures are studied.
Treatment of Eating Disorders
ADX 308, 3 ext. units (elective)
An introduction to the identification and treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and atypical eating disorders. Focus will be on the developmental, behavioral, familial and cultural components of these disorders will be covered. Historical perspectives, attitudes and current societal emphasis on food and weight 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. Multidimensional treatment techniques will be explored towards a comprehensive understanding of this illness. Designed for professionals and interested public.

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.


ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
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 applicant is a recovering substance
abuser, two years of continuous sobriety is recommended.

THE APPLICATION FORMS
You can download the application forms in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

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

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