ADCL205C: Fundamentals of Dependency Counseling Skills

Addiction Counseling
Credits 3 Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours 0 Lecture Hours 3
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This course includes a comprehensive and detailed study of application both in documentation and treatment of the 12 core functions. Emphasis will be on preparation for onsite practice and for eventual state and national licensure and certification. 


Students are required to pass prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. Exceptions apply; please consult your department chair.
  • Understand and describe the 12 core functions and 46 global criteria of addiction counseling.
  • Describe the application of the core functions and global criteria in clinical practice.
  • Articulate ethical and confidentiality issues that confront the substance use counselor.
  • Articulate the importance of culture and how to develop cultural competency.
  • Define screening and assessment and common tools.
  • Understand the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders.
  • Complete a comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment for alcohol and other drugs by applying the diagnostic Statistical manual to determine if a client is appropriate for treatment.
  • Develop a treatment plan (based on the assessment) that is appropriate to the client’s needs, wants, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Discuss the principles of evidence-based addiction treatment.