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Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Associate

10-550-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 69 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses 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

*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Technical Studies (44 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Digital Literacy for Healthcare
10-501-107
2
Focuses on the use of technology in healthcare. Learners use common business software applications, including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and databases. Communication methods using technology are addressed. Learners gain experience with using the electronic health record (E.H.R.). Healthcare E.H.R. security issues, social media use, and digital healthcare resources are examined.
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); Human Biology (10806198) OR Prin of Animal Biology (10806105) and Intro to Psychology (10809198) OR active in the Substance Abuse Counselor in Training cert
Substance Abuse Services, Overview of
10-550-100
2
Provides an overall picture of substance abuse services. Topics include the continuum of care, modalities of treatment, referral and assessment services, and federal, state and local agencies. A historical perspective on alcohol and drug use and prevention is also provided.
Prereq: Admission to the AODA program; Personal/Professional Development (10520105) OR active in the AODA Specialty Education certificate; Coreq: All 3rd term courses (10550100, 10550106, 10550109, 10550125, 10550118)
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.
Prereq: Personal/Professional Development (10520105) OR active in the Substance Abuse Counselor in Training certificate OR AODA Specialty Education certificate; Coreq: All 3rd term courses (10550100, 10550106, 10550109, 10550125, 10550118)
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.
Prereq: Personal/Professional Development (10520105) OR active in the Substance Abuse Counselor in Training certificate OR AODA Specialty Education certificate; Coreq: All 3rd term courses (10550100, 10550106, 10550109, 10550125, 10550118)
Psychopharmacology
10-550-118
3
Provides a historical and cultural perspective on alcohol and drug use and abuse, and abuse preventions. It incorporates an overview of drugs including their actions, effects, abuse, and psychopharmacology.
Prereq: Principles of Animal Biology (10806105) or Gen Anatomy & Physiology (10806177) or Human Biology (10806198); OR in Substance Abuse Counselor Education 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.
Prereq: Admission to the AODA program; Personal/Professional Development (10520105) AND Coreq: All 3rd term courses (10550100, 10550106, 10550109, 10550125, 10550118); OR active in the Substance Abuse Counselor in Training certificate
Assessment and Diagnosis of Substance Abuse
10-550-120
4
Provides skills needed to prepare a focused, well-organized client interview. Enables participants to collect information needed to develop and formulate a psychosocial and treatment plan. Various types and uses of diagnostic instruments are addressed. Topics also include differential diagnoses.
Prereq: All 3rd term courses and Corequisite: All 4th term courses (10550120, 10550126, 10550141, 10550150), OR in the Substance Abuse Counselor Education certificate
Counseling Theory 1
10-550-126
2
Explores four theories of psychotherapy: psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential and person-centered. Presents a basic understanding of each theory's philosophy, concepts, therapy goals and techniques, as well as their historical impact on psychotherapy and AODA counseling.
Prereq: All 3rd term courses (10550100, 10550106, 10550109, 10550125, 10550118); Coreq: All 4th term courses (10550120, 10550126, 10550141, 10550150) OR enrolled in the Substance Abuse Counselor Education Certificate
Group Facilitation
10-550-141
2
Provides an experiential and participatory setting to develop the skills and principles necessary for facilitating a group. Basic issues in group work, group practice in specific groups, and stages of development in group process will be emphasized.
Prereq: All 3rd term courses (10550100, 10550106, 10550109, 10550125, 10550118); Coreq: All 4th term courses (10550120, 10550126, 10550141, 10550150) OR enrolled in the Substance Abuse Counselor Education Certificate
Family Systems and AODA
10-550-150
2
Looks at the effects of substance abuse on the family. A multigenerational family systems approach is used, which includes an examination of how each family member develops his/her coping mechanisms. Students consider the issues of co-dependency, adult children of alcoholic parents and the dynamics of family intervention.
Prereq: All 3rd term courses (10550100, 10550106, 10550109, 10550125, 10550118); Coreq: All 4th term courses (10550120, 10550126, 10550141, 10550150) OR enrolled in the Substance Abuse Counselor Education Certificate
Pre-Internship Seminar
10-550-137
1
Prepares the learner for the internship experience. Students develop resumes and interview for placement positions. This course reviews AODA counseling core functions and record keeping practices.
Prereq: All 4th term courses (10550120, 10550126, 10550141, 10550150)
Counseling Theory 2
10-550-130
2
Introduces the psychotherapy theories of gestalt, reality therapy, behavior therapy, and cognitive-behavior therapy. Presents a basic understanding of each theory's philosophy, concepts, therapy goals and techniques as well as their historical impact on psychotherapy and AODA counseling.
Prereq: All 4th term courses (10550120, 10550126, 10550141, 10550150, 10550137); Coreq: All 6th term courses (10550132, 10550130, 10550136, 10550160, 10550161)
Counseling Skills Lab
10-550-132
1
Prepares learners for their internship experience. Students practice assessment and counseling skills and develop personal and clinical evaluation techniques. Students also identify the counseling theories and techniques they use in their clinical practice sessions.
Prereq: All 4th term courses (10550120, 10550126, 10550141, 10550150, 10550137); Coreq: All 6th term courses (10550132, 10550130, 10550136, 10550160, 10550161)
AODA Case and Records Management
10-550-136
2
Introduces the health care system and discusses continuous improvement concepts and the information systems and documentation requirements of clinical agencies. The client case management model is emphasized.
Prereq: All 4th term courses (10550120, 10550126, 10550141, 10550150, 10550137) and Coreq: All 6th term courses (10550132, 10550130, 10550136, 10550160, 10550161); OR in Substance Abuse Counselor Education certificate
AODA Internship
10-550-160
4
An on-site experience during which the learner is oriented to the environment of substance abuse treatment. Supervised practice in the 12 core functions of counseling including assessment, group and individual counseling, case management, and consultation is offered.
Prereq: Caregiver Background Check; All 4th term courses (10550120, 10550126, 10550141, 10550150, 10550137); Coreq: All 6th term courses (10550132, 10550130, 10550136, 10550160, 10550161)
AODA Internship Seminar
10-550-161
1
Provides case study presentations, discussions of current issues and research in AODA and planning for continued professional development and certification.
Prereq: All 4th term courses (10550120, 10550126, 10550141, 10550150, 10550137); Coreq: All 6th term courses (10550132, 10550130, 10550136, 10550160, 10550161)
Mental Disorders, Overview of
10-550-134
3
Provides an overview to the diagnosis and treatment strategies of mental disorders. Focus is on understanding the mental disorders that co-occur with substance disorders. Examines individual and family crisis intervention processes.
Prereq: All 6th term courses (10550132, 10550130, 10550136, 10550160, 10550161) and Coreq: All 7th term courses (10550134, 10550138, 10550139); OR active in Substance Abuse Counselor Education Certificate
Cross-Cultural Counseling
10-550-138
3
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.
Prereq: All 6th term courses (10550132, 10550130, 10550136, 10550160, 10550161); Coreq: All 7th term courses (10550134, 10550138, 10550139)
AODA Advanced Internship
10-550-139
2
Provides the learner with the opportunity to assume greater responsibility and more of the duties of a substance abuse counselor in actual clinical practice. The course provides the learner with opportunities to strengthen skills and to experience the full range of responsibilities assumed by an AODA counselor while being supervised by an experienced substance abuse professional.
Prereq: All 6th term courses (10550132, 10550130, 10550136, 10550160, 10550161); Coreq: All 7th term courses (10550134, 10550138, 10550139)

General Studies (25 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Written Communication
10-801-195
3
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: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3
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: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Human Biology
10-806-198
4
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: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Abnormal Psychology
10-809-159
3
Focuses on a broad description of psychological disorders such as psychosis, neurosis and personality problems. It is geared toward an understanding of the deeper level forces and adjustment problems that create mental and emotional stress. Students prepare to recognize and deal with persons with mental dysfunctions.
Prereq: Introduction to Psychology (10809198) or Psychology of Human Relations (10809199) or instructor consent
Developmental Psychology
10-809-188
3
Studies human development across the lifespan from conception through old age and death. It focuses on the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and moral development of a person and presents the normal range of responses, reactions and behaviors of age-related development. It also helps students to distinguish what might be considered dysfunctional.
Prereq: Intro to Psychology (10809198) or enrollment in the Practical Nursing plan or instructor consent
Intro to Sociology
10-809-196
3
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: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Technical Reporting
10-801-197
3
Focuses on the preparation and presentation of a variety of oral and written technical reports. This course is designed as an advanced communication course for students who have completed at least the prerequisite writing course and a minimum of two semesters of relevant program course work.
Prereq: Written Comm or English Comp 1 with a C or better and a minimum of 24 college credits OR active in UW-O Cert. AODA students have additional coreq of Assessment & Diagnosis of Substance Abuse. OTA students have coreq of OT Theory & Practice.

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