Substance Abuse Studies Certificate

The Substance Abuse Studies Certificate provides an embedded certificate and alternative path for students interested in having a concentration on Substance Abuse Studies, as well as allows students to obtain their CDCA through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

Substance Abuse Studies Certificate

This certificate program provides an entry-level credential for those wanting to work with individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance abuse disorders. Students may complete the certificate as a stand-alone part-time program in three semesters, or they may complete it while earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human and Social Work Services. The certificate is ideal for new students, as well as returning students already working in the community and needing to add this specialized knowledge as a means to provide addiction support.

This Substance Abuse Studies certificate will allow students to apply for certification through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board:

  • Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Preliminary certification (Phase I)
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Renewable certification (Phase II)

Obtaining the CDCA Certification prepares students to work in addictions counseling, providing individual and group treatment interventions under the supervision of a licensed professional. However, this training will also prepare students to provide addiction services related to other jobs in community health and social services.

Learning in this program will include theories and models of addiction and treatment, drug classifications, the effects of drugs, DSM-5 criteria, counseling procedures and strategies, substance abuse group work, assessment, treatment planning and ethics. Students will also complete courses in interviewing and group leadership skills. Students will also complete a minimum of 75 hours of directed practice at an approved agency as part of their learning process.

After completing this certificate, students may continue their education to obtain a chemical dependency licensure. With a completed degree and 2000 more work hours in the field of substance use disorders, students may apply for LCDC II licensure. Full information on the credentialing requirements are available on the Ohio Chemical Dependence Professionals Board website at www.ocdp.ohio.gov.

Spring Year One

Courses

HMSV 1090 - Group Work in Human Services

This course places importance on understanding how groups work effectively and ineffectively and in understanding how groups can be used as a change or growth opportunity. Not only is the focus on group process, but the students' ability to increase their interpersonal effectiveness while working with human services clients.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Required Prerequisite Course: Take HMSV 1030

HMSV 1150 - Introduction to Chemical Dependency

This course provides an introduction into the field of chemical dependency counseling. This course meets all requirements necessary to apply for the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) phase I. This course looks at the essentials of chemical dependency counseling, including the characteristic of a counselor, ethic and legal issues, the process of becoming a counselor, theories of addiction, counseling procedures and strategies, group work, assessment and diagnosis, and treatment planning.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Fall Year Two

Courses

HMSV 2150 - Substance Abuse & Treatment

This course examines the biological, psychological, and societal forces that encourage the use, misuse, abuse and addiction to drugs. Specific drug classifications and the effect of these drugs on the individual will be explored. Theories and models of addition and treatment will be explored as will DSM5 criteria. Assessments used in the field will be introduced. The need for generalist training in the field of Human Services will be emphasized.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take HMSV 1150

HMSV 1030 - Human Services Assessments

This course provides an overview of the various types of assessing completed in Human Services work. This course presents principles, types, phases, and the recording of interviews used with various types of clients including the Intake and Psychosocial Interview. In addition, various forms of assessments and documentation will be explored.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2

Spring Year Two

Courses

HMSV 2160 - Substance Abuse Counseling: Core Functions

This course will demonstrate the base of knowledge and skills necessary for addictions counseling. Students will develop and demonstrate knowledge of the 12 core functions of a substance abuse counselor. It will prepare students for further education in the specialized field of addictions counseling.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take HMSV 2150

HMSV 1170 - Directed Practice/Seminar

This course will introduce the student to the components of professionalism and the challenges facing those who are in the profession of Human and Social WorksServices. This course also provides a practicum orientation to prepare students for the Human Services Program. Students will also complete seventy five (75) hours of directed practice.

Credit Hours: 3
Directed Practice Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take HMSV 1020 HMSV 1030;

Total Semester Hours 18