The purpose of this course is to gain the knowledge and skills to excel as a certified addiction counselor as evidenced by possessing the knowledge necessary to pass the various state and national certification exams. Students will also begin the process of applying for certification in their state and will complete a portfolio outlining in detail the remaining steps to complete in order to become certified.
Meets Degree Requirements for: BS Addiction Counseling Core
The purpose of this course is to gain the knowledge and skills to excel as a peer support specialist as evidenced by possessing the knowledge necessary to pass the various state and national certification exams. Students will also begin the process of applying for certification in their state and complete a portfolio outlining in detail the remaining steps to complete in order to become certified.
This course serves as a step-by step approach to treat clients with substance use disorders. While many students want to jump right to the “counseling” stage, several steps must be performed including screening, assessment, and treatment planning before “counseling” can even begin. Each of these areas will be detailed with specific steps, which fall into the total scope of practice for the addiction professional, including an emphasis on proper documentation.
This course serves as an overview of the chemicals that are commonly being abused in our current society. It will address the classes of drug and the effect of each class of drug. It will discuss the common methods of administration, the speed of transmission to the brain and the neurological impact on the brain. There will also be a brief look at the treatment continuum of care.
This course serves as the introduction to counseling theory from a Christian perspective. While many students resist “theory” and want to “get down to the practice,” a foundation in theory is critical. It is important for the Christian counselor to have a solid foundation in the principles of Psychology, Christianity, and the psychology of religion as they relate to understanding counseling and addiction. Recognizing various categories of mental health disorders in abnormal psychology and their relationship to substance use disorders will be addressed.
The student will have an enhanced understanding of what it means to be an agent of Christ centered change to those in recovery by understanding the nature of addiction, by learning the importance of faith in the recovery process and by becoming an authority on linking clients to recovery support services and recovery communities.
The course is designed as an introductory course for counselors and other professionals responsible for case management in faith-based people helping organizations. Emphasis is placed on the need for practical knowledge and application. Content underlines universal standards of case management methodology that can be applied in a variety of different scenarios.
This course examines the role and theory of lay counseling as it applies to urban ministry settings. The coursework guides the learner into increased awareness, knowledge, and skill in interacting with multicultural and diverse populations. Counselor attributes, cultural sensitivity, and the concept of contextualized counseling will be explored. This course also focuses on client assessment, and approaches to addressing problems common to distressed urban dwellers seeking counseling.