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The Substance Abuse Counselor Education Technical Diploma is a 30 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING (10520115)

3.00

Ascertain foundational building block skills in the counseling relationship. Establish therapeutic relationship skills. Apply basic counseling techniques. Evaluate performance through mock counseling sessions and personal experience reflections. Determine issues of boundaries and ethics. Apply reflective practitioner methods. Apply basic counseling techniques including motivational interviewing.

UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION (10550110)

3.00

Explore the history of drug use along with the changing historical trends of abuse. Examine various types of addictions. Depict the biology of psychoactive drugs as well as the etiology of addiction. Determine issues of boundaries and ethics. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

BOUNDARIES AND ETHICS IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS (10520102)

3.00

Analyze case scenarios to practice the process of ethical decision making. Evaluate the ethical codes of the helping professions to increase ability to apply these ethical principles to a variety of scenarios. Determine professional boundary issues. Incorporate ethical standards into decision making processes. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

METHODS OF SOCIAL CASEWORK (10520108)

3.00

Practice case management techniques and supervision. Incorporate intake assessment techniques. Create a plan of service, coordinate care. Utilize referral techniques. Demonstrate client self-determination (autonomy). Determine issues of boundaries and ethics. Apply reflective practitioner methods. This course consists of 36 hours of lecture and 36 hours of lab.

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GROUP COUNSELING METHODS (10520140)

3.00

Determine stages of group process. Apply group counseling techniques specific to targeted populations. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found in group counseling. Apply reflective practitioner methods. Apply basic counseling techniques including motivational interviewing.

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BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT (10520104)

3.00

Examine signs and symptoms specific to mental health diagnosis across the lifespan as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Explore and differentiate diagnostic techniques and behavioral examination instruments. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found in behavior assessment. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

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COUNSELING THEORY & TACTICS (10520119)

3.00

Summarize the history and explore the primary concepts of the major approaches to counseling and psychotherapy in current use. Examine the empirical foundations of each theory. Review examples of how each method is applied to clients. Apply specific techniques of each approach. Explore the role of the therapist/counselor within each approach. Determine the strengths and limitations of each approach. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found when utilizing advanced counseling tactics with clients. Apply basic counseling techniques including motivational interviewing. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

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INTRODUCTION TO SUDC (10550111)

1.00

Explore characteristics that are incorporated into substance abuse counseling and practice. Determine personal values, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses. Analyze the eight practice dimensions used to effectively treat substance use disorders: clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling, patient, family and community education, documentation and professional and ethical responsibilities. Evaluate legal and ethical issues surrounding substance abuse counseling. Apply reflective practitioner methods. Utilize clinical supervision. Information will be provided in regard to Wisconsin licensing for substance abuse counseling. Assess boundaries and ethical issues. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (10550114)

1.00

Examine the basic concepts of psychopharmacology and the function of the organs and systems of the human body and brain. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found working with mental health and substance abuse services. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

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ASSESSMENT, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF ADDICTIVE DISORDERS (10550115)

3.00

Examine addiction and its physical and psychological effects on the individual, family and society. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of addictive disorders. Apply basic counseling techniques including motivational interviewing.

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SUBSTANCE USE & FAMILY SYSTEMS (10550119)

1.00

Explores the effects of substance use on the family. Examine multigenerational family systems approach, which includes an examination of how each family member develops his/her coping mechanisms. Synthesize the issues of historical trauma, co-dependency, adult children of alcoholic/addict caregivers, family roles within dysfunctional families and the dynamics of family interventions. Apply reflective practitioner techniques. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found in families.

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Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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