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Substance Abuse Counselor in Training

20-550-1 Certificate (C) 8 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If you already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a human services field and want to meet the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services educational requirement for the SAC-IT credential, this program will help. You’ll learn basic information about substance abuse counseling, including clients’ rights and clinical ethics. You’ll also gain an understanding of addiction and explore best practices for counseling clients.

COURSE LIST

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Personal/Professional Development
10-520-105
1
Introduces personal and professional characteristics and qualities expected of a person in the helping professions. Students clarify personal beliefs, values and principles and assess their strengths and weaknesses. They examine how the principles of interdependent cooperation impact them personally and professionally.
Prereq.: Admission to the AODA program; Written Comm (10801195) OR Eng Comp (10801136); Prin of Animal Biology (10806105) and Intro to Psychology (10809198) OR active in the Substance Abuse Counselor in Training cert. OR Explore Human Services cert.
Understanding Addiction
10-550-106
3
Explores the physical, psychological and sociocultural dynamics of addiction. Treatment theories, screening criteria, environmental considerations, related complications, perinatal concerns and nontraditional alternatives are introduced.
Prerequisite: Personal/Professional Development (10-520-105) OR active in the Substance Abuse Counselor in Training certificate OR AODA Specialty Education certificate
Clients' Rights and Clinical Ethics
10-550-109
2
Explores the statutes, regulations and judicial decisions that govern the professional practice of alcohol and drug counseling. Standards, code of ethics, clients' rights and confidentiality are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Personal/Professional Development (10-520-105) OR active in the Substance Abuse Counselor in Training certificate OR AODA Specialty Education certificate
Counseling Skills and Practices, Basic
10-550-125
2
Prepares students to use the counseling techniques of attending, paraphrasing, reflecting, summarizing, probing, self-disclosure, interpreting and confrontation.
Prerequisites: Admission to the AODA program; Personal/Professional Development (10-520-105) OR active in the Substance Abuse Counselor in Training certificate

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