Substance Abuse Counselor

Social Science Division
Upon successful completion of the Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate, the student demonstrates skills, knowledge, and training to counsel with people in recovery, while under the supervision of licensed professionals, an understanding of substance abuse counseling techniques, the impact of drugs on society, interviewing skills that maximize the information obtained from clients necessary for determining needs and services, the ability to prepare case plans, an understanding of the basic aims and processes involved in facilitating groups, an understanding of the basic process of individual counseling and problem solving, and an understanding of the basic principles and methods related to working with family systems in human service agencies.

Total Units Required 32.5 - 34.5
Recommended Sequence:
First Semester Units
PSYCH 1 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYCH 8A Community Advocacy: Drug and Alcohol Prevention Strategies 1.5
PSYCH 45A Beginning Field Practicum 2
PSYCH 46 Individual Counseling in Human Service Programs 3
PSYCH 52 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling 3
GUID 30 Career Self Assessment 1

ENG 1A Written Communications 3
ENG 79 Preparatory English 5

Second Semester
PSYCH 8B Community Advocacy: Drug and Alcohol Education Program 1.5
PSYCH 40 Case Management and Treatment Planning 3
PSYCH 45B Intermediate Field Practicum 2
PSYCH 47 Group Counseling in Human Service Programs 3
PSYCH 53 Drugs and Society 3
BIM 1A Beginning Keyboarding 1.5
H ED 28 Community Health 2

Additional Requirements:
Internship: A minimum of 255 supervised intern hours in a substance abuse facility. May be accrued from paid work experience, volunteer work or through enrolment in the SJDC Work Experience Program.