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Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor II

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor II Certificate is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to counsel clients in the recovery process under clinical supervision. Topics and skills include assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, and community resources.

A student who is interested in transferring into a four year undergraduate program in the area of alcohol and substance abuse can complete the certificate through electives in the Associates in Arts Human Services Concentration at Cape Cod Community College.

The courses in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Assistant certificate are prerequisites for the course work required in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor II certificate. The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Assistant certificate should be completed prior to taking courses required in Alcohol and Substance Counselor II certificate.

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Requirements
CoursesCredits
PSY208   Principles of Counseling & Crisis Intervention
 
3
PSY209   Group Dynamics in Human Services
 
3
HUS229   Introduction to Social Welfare
 
3
HUS230   Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Families
 
3
HUS231   Treatment Modalities in Human Services
 
3
HUS232   Addictions Practicum
 
4
HUS208   Advanced Addictions Practicum
 
4
Total Credits 23

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Cape Cod Community College has been approved by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) as 1 out of 13 approved state Addition Education Provider.

Upon successful completion of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor II Certificate, students are able to:

  • Recognize the extent of services that addictions professionals provide and identify theories and treatment modalities used in the prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery.
  • Describe addiction and its consequences for family and individual systems.
  • Understand the connection between social issues such as poverty, mental health, domestic violence, and addiction.
  • Practice observation, interpersonal communication, and group facilitation techniques.
  • Demonstrate ethical practices when working with diverse populations.

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Completion of a program is based on full time enrollment. Many of our students attend part time and may not complete within the one year timeline.

The Human Services Certificate Program embraces the Community Support Skill Standards (CSSS), which are the core skills defined by direct support professionals. The classes in the certificate program promote the CSSS and the required service learning helps the student reflect on how these skills are utilized in the field. The ethical guidelines students will adhere to are established by the National Organization of Human Service Education.

The following CSSS competency areas are guidelines for learning in the Human Services Certificate program:

Competency Area 1: Participant Empowerment
The competent community support human service practitioner (CSHSP) enhances the ability of the participant to lead a self-determining life by providing the support and information necessary to build self-esteem, and assertiveness; and to make decisions.

Competency Area 2: Communication
The competent community support human service practitioner (CSHSP) enhances the ability of the participant to lead a self-determining life by providing the support and information necessary to build self-esteem, and assertiveness; and to make decisions.

Competency Area 3: Assessment
The CSHSP should be knowledgeable about formal and informal assessment practices in order to respond to the needs, desires and interests of the participants.

Competency Area 4: Community and Service Networking
The CSHSP should be knowledgeable about the formal and informal supports available in his or her community and skilled in assisting the participant to identify and gain access to such supports.

Competency Area 5: Facilitation of Services
The CSHSP is knowledgeable about a range of participatory planning techniques and is skilled in implementing plans in a collaborative and expeditious manner.

Competency Area 6: Community Living Skills & Supports
The CSHSP has the ability to match specific supports and interventions to the unique needs of individual participants and recognizes the importance of friends, family and community relationships.

Competency Area 7: Education, Training & Self-Development
The CSHSP should be able to identify areas for self-improvement, pursue necessary educational/training resources, and share knowledge with others.

Competency Area 8: Advocacy
The CSHSP should be knowledgeable about the diverse challenges facing participants (e.g. human rights, legal, administrative and financial) and should be able to identify and use effective advocacy strategies to overcome such challenges.

Competency Area 9: Vocational, Educational & Career Support
The CSHSP should be knowledgeable about the career and education related concerns of the participant and should be able to mobilize the resources and support necessary to assist the participant to reach his or her goals.

Competency Area 10: Crisis Intervention
The CSHSP should be knowledgeable about crisis prevention, intervention and resolution techniques and should match such techniques to particular circumstances and individuals.

Competency Area 11: Organization Participation
The CSHSP is familiar with the mission and practices of the support organization and participates in the life of the organization.

Competency Area 12: Documentation
The CSHSP is aware of the requirements for documentation in his or her organization and is able to manage these requirements efficiently.

Full Time FacultyE-mail
Robert Ericson, Program Coordinator, Full time Faculty rericson@capecod.edu
Krystin St.Onge, Full time Faculty kstonge@capecod.edu

 

Adjunct FacultyE-mail
Deborah Schwartz, Adjunct Faculty dschwartz@capecod.edu
Wanda Van Gilder, Adjunct Faculty wvangilder@capecod.edu