Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies Major (clinical)

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Description

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies Program (ASAP) may be pursued as either a Major (45 credits) or as a Minor (18 credits) in Healthcare Studies. Many students who complete the ASAP major also elect to complete a second major in psychology, social work, criminal justice, and other related areas. This major is designed to partially fulfill requirements to sit for the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor examination. Current CASAC holders may elect to take some or all of these courses to fulfill the continuing education requirements of the credential. 

Admission to the Major

Any undergraduate student can declare an Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies major.

The healthcare studies faculty has a professional responsibility to deny admission or continuation in any of its undergraduate or graduate programs to any student whose level of performance and/or personal characteristics or dispositions do not adequately meet academic, professional, or ethical standards.

Program Requirements

Undergraduate students in this program pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

Students must achieve a grade of "C" or better in each HCS course. (A grade of "C-" does not meet this requirement.)

General Education Requirements (35 credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (45 credits)

  • Any college level statistics course with a passing grade*
  • HCS 409 Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 421 Group Counseling Skills for Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 422 Individual Treatment Planning for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Prerequisite: HCS 423)*
  • HCS 423 Theories of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 424 Counseling Diverse Populations for Alcohol and Other Drugs*
  • HCS 435 Evaluation and Assessment of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 437 Dual Diagnosis of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 445 Psychopharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 455 Ethics for Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 497 Intern Seminar for Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 498 Internship for Alcohol and Other Drugs

Suggested Electives

  • HCS 440 Trauma Informed Care for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Elective)
  • HCS 441 Families and Addiction (Elective)

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Notes:

  1. Suggested statistics courses: PSH 202, MTH 243, PBH 488, or other.
  2. HCS 409 serves as a co- or prerequisite for all other courses in this major.
  3. HCS 423 is a pre-requisite for HCS 422.
  4. HCS 497 and HCS 498 are to be taken concurrently following a passing stats grade, completion of all ASAP courses with a grade of "C" or better, an overall GPA of 2.5, and program coordinator's permission.

Electives (40 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies majors must earn a grade of C or better in all HCS courses.
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 for all college courses.
  • Completion of all college-wide degree requirements

Non-Clinical Track Option

Description

The non-clinical track  provides an option for majors who: 1) have discovered they do not want to do clinical substance abuse treatment counseling; 2) with a second major, such as social work or criminal justice, wish to focus their final semester on their other major; 3) are unable to maintain the overall GPA of 2.5 required for the clinical major; or 4) are already working in the field.

The non-clinical track requires grades of C or better in all classes, with no GPA minimum.

Program requirements include all required ASAP courses except Internship (HCS 498)and Seminar (HCS 497). Students complete HCS 404, HCS 439, & HCS 440 (which are currently offered as electives in the clinical track), an elective by advisement; and HCS 499 Independent Study, a Capstone Course developed by advisement.  We will also accept capstone courses in other majors if applicable. 

Non-Clinical Track Requirements (45 credits)

  • HCS 409 Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drugs 
  • HCS 421 Group Counseling Skills for Alcohol and Other Drugs*
  • HCS 422 Individual Treatment Planning for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Prerequisite: HCS 423 
  • HCS 423 Theories of Alcohol and Other Drugs 
  • HCS 424 Counseling Diverse Populations for Alcohol and Other Drugs* 
  • HCS 435 Evaluation and Assessment of Alcohol and Other Drugs 
  • HCS 437 Dual Diagnosis of Alcohol and Other Drugs 
  • HCS 445 Psychopharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs 
  • HCS 455 Ethics for Alcohol and Other Drugs

Non-Clinical Track Option Requirements

  • HCS 404 Criminal Justice and Addictions 
  • HCS 439 Grief and Loss for Alcohol and Other Drugs 
  • HCS 440 Trauma Informed Care for Alcohol and Other Drugs 
  • HCS 499 Independent Study Capstone

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies majors must earn a grade of C or better in all HCS courses. 
  • Completion of all college-wide degree requirements 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies (Clinical) major, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the various foundations for addiction professionals.
  2. Perform a clinical evaluation.
  3. Construct a treatment plan based on client needs.
  4. Identify appropriate referral sources to meet client needs.
  5. Explain how to network with other professionals to facilitate client care.
  6. Practice and evaluate various counseling techniques.
  7. Deliver psycho-education to clients, families, or communities.
  8. Construct appropriate documentation for client needs.
  9. Identify and apply professional, ethical standards relevant to working with addicted populations.

Upon successful completion of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies Major (Non-Clinical Track), students will be able to:

  1. Identify various foundations for addiction professionals.
  2. Explain how multiple counseling theories explain and apply to addiction treatments.
  3. Identify appropriate referral sources to meet client needs.
  4. Explain how to network with other professionals to facilitate client care.
  5. Deliver psycho-education to clients, families, or communities.
  6. Identify key elements of trauma informed care.
  7. Explain major features of addiction as it relates to various aspects of the criminal justice system.
  8. Explain grief and loss as it relates in particular to addiction.
  9. Develop a unique capstone study of a specific aspect of addiction. 
    Identify and apply professional, ethical standards relevant to working with addicted populations.