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Associate Degree: 3 Years, 69 Credits (Part-time, 4 or more years)
Financial Aid Eligible
As an Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) associate/counselor, you work with a team of health and social service professionals to provide substance abuse treatment services. These services include assessment, treatment, education, referral, prevention and rehabilitation for individuals and families affected by alcohol and other drug abuse. As an AODA counselor, you are employed by licensed AODA treatment agencies such as clinics, hospitals and community residential facilities. Other employment opportunities are available in correctional facilities, employee and student assistance programs, and various community and social service agencies. Additional degrees this program prepares the student for are Bachelor's in Human Services/Social Work and Master's in Counseling/Social Work.
You are encouraged to acquire work or volunteer experience in the AODA or other human service fields prior to entering the program. Competencies developed throughout the program include counseling, diagnosis, treatment planning, group facilitation, crisis management, respect for clients' rights, and the complexity of addiction illnesses. Your courses involve classroom, laboratory and internship experiences and are frequently scheduled in late afternoon/evenings. This program is offered partially online. You may progress through the program on a full- or part-time basis.
Program/Plan Admission Requirements
Note: You will be required to complete a caregiver background check prior to participation in any internship placement. Do not submit these records until you are asked to provide them to your instructors. Criminal activity reported by the Wisconsin Department of Justice will be communicated to healthcare agencies which provide student internship opportunities. Agencies have the legal right to deny an internship experience based on criminal convictions. Completion of your program cannot be guaranteed if your criminal history precludes you from your internship experience.
The graduate of the Associate Degree AODA program will function as an entry-level practitioner in multiple settings.
The graduate, using knowledge, skills and attitudes of the art and science of counseling, will be able to competently perform the following:
- Clinically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs.
- Develop treatment plans.
- Facilitate referral to meet needs.
- Demonstrate service coordination skills.
- Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups, and families.
- Provide education relevant to substance use.
- Maintain clinical records according to agency, federal, and state guidelines.
- Adhere to accepted culturally competent, ethical, and behavioral conduct.
FVTC's AODA program has been accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Service (DSPS). In addition, we have articulation agreements in place with state colleges and universities for students to pursue higher education.
Program Offered at This Location
Helpful High School Courses
- Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive
Psychology, human biology/anatomy, human relations, English composition and speech are useful.
For additional information, call or e-mail Greg Delaney, MSE, CSAC at (920) 735-4779 or visit the department website at www.fvtc.edu/aoda.
For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.