Human & Social Services: Chemical Dependency (435A)

Southern State Social Services

Nature of Profession

Professionals in the field work in a variety of settings including therapeutic communities, rehabilitation centers, inpatient facilities, residential programs, outpatient clinics, mental health centers, detox units and other organizations focusing on addictions treatment, education or prevention. They may organize and lead group activities, assist clients in need of emotional support or crisis intervention or they may monitor and keep case records on clients and report progress to supervisors. The amount of responsibility and supervision they are given varies a great deal as do actual job duties.

Related Job Titles

Various job titles in the field include addictions educator, case manager, caseworker, chemical dependency counselor, home visitor, intake specialist, residential treatment facility associate and social work assistant.

Program Design

The program provides students with a foundation in social and behavioral sciences, a focused study in addictions and career-oriented clinical/practicum experiences leading to the development of competent addictions counselors. The curriculum places strong emphasis on application of knowledge to problems and practices in the fields of human services and chemical dependency treatment, intervention and prevention. Courses in the program address basic human services and counseling skills, pharmacology and addictions theory as well as a selection of liberal arts topics to provide a broad understanding of the human experience. Academic and clinical application coursework is built around the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to help clients move from life threatening addictions to recovery. Classes focus on the following: psychological and sociological understanding of human interactions, addictive behaviors and various treatments utilized with chemically dependent persons, pharmacological effects of alcohol and other chemicals, understanding the various needs of special populations and their differing help seeking behaviors, ethical issues including confidentiality, appropriate boundaries and dual relationships and counseling theory and techniques.

Program requirements address the competencies identified by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS). Graduates will have completed the necessary coursework requirements for eligibility as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II, a credential awarded by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Additional requirements for LCDC II include a period of supervised experience some of which students are expected to complete after graduation from the program. Program graduates planning to work as chemical dependency counselors must apply for and receive this credential in order to practice legally in the State of Ohio. In addition, the program meets the educational requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board certification of Social Work Assistant.

A minimum grade of "C" is required in all courses for graduation. Any required course in which a grade below a "C" is received must be repeated. Life experience credit may not be used to fulfill graduation requirements in this program. Students completing the Chemical Dependency major must complete their entire practicum experience at a chemical dependency counseling/treatment facility.

Courses

First Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
HSSR 1101 Introduction to Human & Social Services 3
HSSR 1105 Survey of Substance Abuse 3
HSSR 1140 Racial & Cultural Diversity in the Helping Professions 3
PSYC 1110 Principles of Psychology 3

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3
HSSR 1120 Human Services Methods & Ethical Procedures 3
HSSR 1135 Affective Education & Group Process 3
HSSR 1150 Case Management & Writing in the Helping Professions 3
PSYC 1111 Life Span & Human Development 3

Third Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 1104 Human Biology I 4
HSSR 2210 Counseling Theories 3
HSSR 2271 Human Services Practicum I 3
MATH 1115 Math for the Business & Social Sciences 3
PSYC 2275 Abnormal Psychology 3

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
HSSR 2211 Counseling Techniques 3
HSSR 2216 Prevention, Diagnosis & Treatment of Chemical Dependency 3
HSSR 2225 Psychology of Addictions & Family Services 3
HSSR 2272 Human Services Practicum II 3
HSSR 2275 Community Mental Health Issues 3
Program Total: 61

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