Addictions Counseling

Addiction counselors help individuals and families to deal with alcohol and drug treatment issues through services such as case management, assessment, prevention education, crisis intervention, community resource referrals, individual and group counseling, stress management and relapse prevention.   Apply & Register Program Details

Addiction counselors help individuals and families to deal with alcohol and drug treatment issues through services such as case management, assessment, prevention education, crisis intervention, community resource referrals, individual and group counseling, stress management and relapse prevention.

 


Code Course Credits
First Year / First Semester
ADD-101 Introduction to Addictions* 3
ENG-101 English Composition I 3
HSR-101 Introduction to Human Services 3
PSY-101 Basic Psychology 3
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology 3
    15
Second Semester
First Year / First Semester
ADD-102 Professional Development in Addictions Counseling* 3
ENG-102 English Composition II 3
HSR-103 Introduction to Counseling 3
MTH.... Mathematics General Education Elective or  
...-... Laboratory Science General Education Elective 3/4
...-... General Education Elective 3
    15/16
Code Course Credits
Second Year / First Semester
ADD-111 Psycho-Social Aspects of Alcoholism & Drug Addiction* 3
HSR-102 Social Work Processes 3
HSR-105 Group Dynamics 3
PSY-104 Abnormal Psychology 3
HPE-... Health & Exercise Science Elective 3
    15
Second Semester
ADD-112 Assessment & Treatment of Alcoholism & Drug Addiction* 3
HSR-107 Field Work1 3
...-... Diversity General Education Elective 3
...-... Free Elective 3
...-... Free Elective 3
    15
  Total Minimum Credits 60
* These 8 courses meet educational requirements for NJ State Certifications and Licensing in Alcohol and Drug Counseling.
1 Field Work (HSR-107) should only be taken in the last semester before graduating.

Program Goals

  • To provide a formal educational path within higher education
    for students who want a human services career in addictions
    counseling.
  • To provide training in order to facilitate entry-level
    employment.
  • To upgrade the marketable skills of students in the
    addictions field.
  • To provide a credential in the form of an academic degree to
    those students who complete the program.
  • To prepare students to apply for licensure as a Clinical Alcohol
    and Drug Counselor or certification as an Alcohol and Drug
    Counselor (CADC) granted by the NJ State Board of Marriage
    and Family Therapy.
  • To provide a General Education foundation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Analyze contemporary preventative assessment and treatment strategies for licit and illicit substance use.
  2. Imitate evidence of professional and ethical behavior in the field of addictions counseling.
  3. Explain and use elements of effective working relationships encompassing the ideals of empathy, positive communication and active listening.

Certification

Upon completion, students will be eligible to sit for written
portion of certification exam.

Special Program Information

Additional Clinical hours required for certification.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the program will be able to find employment opportunities in a variety of settings, to include:

  • Caseworker/Case manager
  • Community organizer
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Drug and alcohol counselors
  • Group facilitator
  • Human services worker
  • Intake worker
  • Job coach counselors
  • Life skills counselors
  • Outreach worker
  • Public health educator
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Residential counselor
  • Social worker’s aide
  • Youth worker counselor

Transfer Opportunities

Earn both associate and bachelor’s degree (A.A.S. and B.S.H.S.): Students in this special program offered in partnership with:

  • Thomas Edison State College of New Jersey complete a maximum of 80 credits here in specified courses and the remainin 40 credits through Thomas Edison State College. The latter can be completed in different formats, such as at-home guided study courses, N.J. Public TV courses, on-line courses and contract learning courses with individual faculty.
    Contact: (888) 442-8372 (toll free) or (609) 984-1150
    email: info@tesc.edu
  • MCP Hahnemann University also accepts students into their Bachelor of Science degree programs in Behavioral and Addictions Counseling.
    Contact: (888) 442-8372 or (215) 762-7000 for more details.
  • Drexel University - Students may transfer up to 91 credits to Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Health Counseling at Drexel University.
    Dr. Ron Comer, Department Chair
    (267) 359-5569,
    email: rc37@drexel.edu
    Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
    Behavioral Health Counseling Department
  • Rutgers-Camden
  • Rowan University

Contact Person

Professor LeRoy Stanford, Coordinator
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4546
email: lstanford@camdencc.edu

Additional information

CIP Code

51.1501

Program Code

ADD.AAS