Printed on 3/1/2021
Substance Use Disorder Counseling
Associate Degree (AAS)
Financial Aid Eligible
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*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.
An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at www.fvtc.edu/Assessment.
Credit Transfer Options
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Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.
- Adhere to accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct, legal regulations, and continue professional development, including technological advances in the profession.
- Use a systematic screening assessment and level of care placement approach to clinical evaluation to include UPC and/or ASAM criteria.
- Collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary team and the client to develop an individualized treatment plan.
- Facilitate the process of referral to support systems and community resources to meet the client’s continuing care needs.
- Provide case management services that include the coordination of available resources to focus on implementation and evaluation of the ongoing treatment plan.
- Perform individual and group counseling with alcohol and drug abuse clients.
- Educate clients and families with information on risks, prevention, treatment, and recovery resources related to alcohol and drug abuse.
- Document the screening/intake process, assessment, treatment plan and prepare written reports, clinical progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client related data.
Fox Valley Technical College's AODA program is accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Service (DSPS).
Criminal activity reported will be communicated to healthcare agencies which provide student clinical and internship opportunities. Healthcare agencies have the legal right to deny a clinical or internship experience based on crimes committed. Completion of your program cannot be guaranteed if your criminal history precludes you from completing any clinical or internship experience.
Students must obtain a C grade in each required general education and core course. If a C grade is not obtained, you will be required to repeat the course.
There is an estimated wait time of up to one year AFTER your admit term to enter occupational specific courses; while waiting to start occupational specific courses, you may choose to take general education and elective courses required for your degree or diploma program.
You will be required to complete a Caregiver Background Check prior to any internship or clinical experience.
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