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Substance Use Disorder Counseling

10-550-1 Associate Degree (AAS) Full Time 60 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Evening Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Help people break free from the grip of substance abuse. In this rewarding career, you will work with a team of health and social services professionals to provide alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) treatment services. Through classroom, laboratory and internship experience, you’ll develop skills in counseling, diagnosis, treatment planning, group facilitation and crisis management. You’ll also learn how to respect clients' rights and understand the complexity of addiction illnesses. This degree prepares you for entry-level work in licensed AODA facilities such as clinics, hospitals and community residential facilities, as well as correctional facilities, employee or student assistance programs, and various community and social service agencies.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (44 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Introduction to the SUDC Profession
    10-550-200
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550200
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explore characteristics that are incorporated into substance use counseling and practice. Determine personal values, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses. Analyze the eight practice dimensions used to effectively treat substance use disorders: Clinical Evaluation; Treatment Planning; Referral; Service Coordination; Counseling; Patient, Family and Community Education; Documentation; and Professional and Ethical Responsibilities. Evaluate legal and ethical issues surrounding substance use counseling. Evaluate Information about Wisconsin licensing for substance use counseling.

  • Understanding Substance Use
    10-550-201
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550201
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explore the bio-psych social dynamics of substance use. Examine treatment approaches, models, and screening criteria. Examine substances of abuse, history of SUDs, and their impact on the individual and society.

  • Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling Skills
    10-550-206
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550206
    • Credits: 3.00

    Analyze foundational skills in the counseling relationship. Analyze the stages of the helping processes and the roles professionals play in the processes. Analyze the importance of establishing therapeutic relationships. Apply basic counseling techniques. Apply interviewing and counseling skills through mock counseling sessions and personal experience reflections. Examine issues of boundaries and ethics.

  • SUDC Clinical Preparation
    10-550-124
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10550124
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares the learner for the internship experience. Resumes will be developed and interviewing techniques explored for placement positions. The learner will complete the application process with the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) for their SAC-IT credential. This course will explore emerging trends that are occurring with substances, treatment methods, and facilities within the substance use counseling disorder profession.

    Prereq: Intro to SUDC Profession 10550200; Oral/Interpersonal Comm 10801196; Coreq: Boundaries and Ethics 10550210, SUDC Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment 10550208; Group Facilitation 10550204
  • Group Facilitation
    10-550-204
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550204
    • Credits: 3.00

    An introduction to theory and practice of group dynamics and processes. Includes ethical considerations, effective group leadership, and stages of group development. Also includes demonstration of group facilitation skills, clinical documentation, co-facilitation strategies, reflective practitioner techniques, and group formation.

    Prereq: Active in SUDC 10-550-1 or Human Services 10-520-3 plans, AND Intro to Interviewing and Counseling Skills 10550206; OR Active in Sub Abuse Couns Ed 20-550-2 CERT
  • SUDC Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
    10-550-208
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550208
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explore the core components of substance use disorder treatment. Apply the core practice dimensions of Substance Use Disorder Counseling. Evaluate process for SUD clients for the purpose of developing treatment plans and documenting the treatment process.

    Prereq: Active in SUDC 10-550-1, Human Services 10-520-3 or Sub Abuse Couns Ed 20-550-2 CERT
  • Boundaries and Ethics for the Helping Professions
    10-550-210
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550210
    • Credits: 3.00

    Evaluate the ethical codes of the helping professions. Examine professional boundaries related to the helping professions. Incorporate ethical standards into decision making processes. Examine ethical considerations related to professional standards for the helping professions. Examine ethical considerations related to state and federal regulations for the helping professions. Examine the ethical considerations related to professional self-care.

    Prereq: Active in SUDC 10-550-1 plan or Sub Abuse Counselor/Training 20-550-1 CERT
  • Foundations of Case Management
    10-550-202
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550202
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduction to case management techniques and processes. Incorporates intake assessment techniques, service planning techniques, referral processes, coordination of care, and discharge processes determined by a multidisciplinary team approach. Includes client self-determination and autonomy. Incorporates clinical documentation requirements and processes.

    Prereq: Active in SUDC 10-550-1 or Human Services 10-520-3 plans, AND Written Communication 10801195; OR Active in Sub Abuse Couns Ed 20-550-2 CERT
  • Overview of Mental Health Disorders
    10-550-203
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550203
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides an overview to the history, diagnosis, treatment strategies, legal and ethical considerations, and documentation of mental health conditions. Focus is on understanding the mental health conditions that co-occur with substance use disorders.

    Prereq: Active in SUDC 10-550-1, Human Services 10-520-3 or Sub Abuse Couns Ed 20-550-2 CERT
  • Psychopharmacology
    10-550-207
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550207
    • Credits: 3.00

    Overview of psychopharmacology including drug categorization history, drug categorization, and drug classification. Includes analysis of neurophysiology of the brain and endocrine system, effects of substances on the body, analysis of delivery systems, and analysis of medical aspects of SUDs. Also includes etiology of addiction, psychopharmacological aspects of withdrawal management, analysis of medications used to treat SUDs and mental health disorders, and SUD medical impacts on the body.

    Prereq: Active in SUDC 10-550-1 or Human Services 10-520-3 plans, AND Human Biology 10806198; OR Active in Sub Abuse Couns Ed 20-550-2 CERT
  • Clinical Experience I
    10-550-211
    3Credit
    216
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 216
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10550211
    • Credits: 3.00

    Immersive experience with an agency including supervised practice in the 12 core functions. Integrates the knowledge, theory, skills, and professional behaviors learned in the two previous semesters of coursework. Emphasis on gaining firsthand knowledge and refine previously acquired skills to gain a greater understanding of self and the helping professions.

    Prereq: SUDC Clin Prep 10550124, SUDC Assess, Diag & Treat 10550208, Bound & Ethics 10550210, Group Facilitation 10550204, Understanding Sub Abuse 10550201. Coreq: Mental Health Disorders 10550203, Found of Case Mgmt 10550202, Psychopharmacology 10550207
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling
    10-550-138
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550138
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides specific treatment alternatives for a variety of clients and their effectiveness. Develops the skills to value and understand the context and world views of people different from themselves. Categories of diverse populations discussed include gender, minority/ethnic cultures, gay and lesbian clients, differently abled clients, and clients in the criminal justice system.

  • Counseling Theory
    10-550-205
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550205
    • Credits: 3.00

    Summarize the history of, and explore the primary concepts within, the major approaches to counseling. Explore the empirical foundations of each theory. Examine application of theories to counseling. Review specific techniques of each theoretical approach. Examine the role of the counselor within each theoretical approach. Explore the role of the counselor, the scope of practice, and the ethical implications in counseling.

    Prereq: Active in SUDC 10-550-1 OR Human Services 10-520-3 plan
  • Family Systems
    10-550-209
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550209
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides a broad understanding of family systems theory and practice relevant to the human services field. Focus is on evaluating the communication and interaction patterns and applying interventions and strategies.

  • Clinical Experience II
    10-550-212
    3Credit
    216
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 216
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10550212
    • Credits: 3.00

    Immersion experience with an agency including supervised practice in the 12 core functions. Integrates the knowledge, theory, skills, and professional behaviors learned in previous courses and refined in Clinical I immersion experience. Emphasis on applying previously acquired knowledge and skills and gaining a greater understanding of self and the helping professions through firsthand experience.

    Prereq: Clinical Experience 1 - 10550211, Overview of Mental Health Disorders 10550203, Foundations of Case Mgmt 10550202, Psychopharmacology 10550207. Coreq: Cross-Cultural Counseling 10550138, Family Systems 10550209, Counseling Theory 10550205

    General Studies (16 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Intro to Psychology
    10-809-198
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809198
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Human Biology
    10-806-198
    4Credit
    90
    126

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 126
    • Course Number: 10806198
    • Credits: 4.00

    Emphasizes the structure of the human body and the functional interrelationships of the body’s systems. Consideration is given to the human body and disease, human genetics, human ecology, and the role that humans play in the environment. This course is appropriate for AODA students.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR Not pursuing a degree
  • Intro to Sociology
    10-809-196
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis is placed on culture, socialization and social stratification. The course also looks at five institutions: family, politics, economics, religion and education. Additional topics include demography, deviance, technology, environmental social issues, and social change and organization.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
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