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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. Before applying for this certificate, you must contact Greg Delaney, AODA Program Department Chair at 920-735-4779 or [delaney@fvtc.edu](mailto:delaney@fvtc.edu).

COURSE LIST

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.

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Personal/Professional Development
10-520-105
1Credit
18
36
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereqs: Admit to Substance Abuse Counselor in Training certificate OR AODA program and (Written Communication 10801195 or English Composition 10801136), (Human Biology 10806198 or General Anatomy & Physiology 10806177), and Intro to Psychology 10809198
Understanding Addiction
10-550-106
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Explores the physical, psychological and sociocultural dynamics of addiction. Treatment theories, screening criteria, environmental considerations, related complications, perinatal concerns and nontraditional alternatives are introduced.
Prereqs: Admitted to AODA Substance Abuse Counselor in Training certificate OR AODA Specialty Education certificate OR AODA program and Personal/Professional Development 10520105: Coreqs: All 3rd term courses (10550100,10550109, 10550125, 10550118)
Clients' Rights and Clinical Ethics
10-550-109
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereqs: Admitted to AODA Substance Abuse Counselor in Training certificate OR AODA Specialty Education certificate OR AODA program and Personal/Professional Development 10520105: Coreqs: All 3rd term courses (10550100,10550109, 10550125, 10550118)
Counseling Skills and Practices, Basic
10-550-125
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Prepares students to use the counseling techniques of attending, paraphrasing, reflecting, summarizing, probing, self-disclosure, interpreting and confrontation.
Prereqs: Admitted to AODA Substance Abuse Counselor in Training certificate OR admitted to AODA program and Personal/Professional Development 10520105: Coreqs: All 3rd term courses (10550100,10550109, 10550125, 10550118)

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