Drug Alcohol Counseling
Associate Degree Program
Alcohol and drug addiction is a major public health problem in America. The consequences are far-reaching and affect individuals, families, and society as a whole. Our program will provide an understanding of drug use, abuse and dependence and the related personal and social consequences. You will develop skills to provide therapeutic services for people dealing with substance abuse, with an emphasis on helping them maintain recovery and prevent relapse. As a graduate, you will be prepared for entry into the drug and alcohol counseling profession and/or to continue your education at a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree. The Drug and Alcohol Counseling courses are accepted by the Delaware Certification Board and lead to partial fulfillment of the requirements for certification.
This program is offered at the Dover and Wilmington campuses.
What You Can Do
In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions such as:
- Chemical Dependency Technician
- Drug and Alcohol Counselor
- Prevention Specialist
What You Will Earn
Competitive starting salaries ranging from $17,000-$28,000
What You Will Learn
Program Graduate Competencies
The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.
- Create and maintain effective and professional documents relevant to Drug and Alcohol Counseling.
- Interact ethically and professionally within the Drug and Alcohol Counseling field.
- Apply information to identify client's strengths, weaknesses and resources to create a treatment plan.
- Provide effective client services at an entry level by utilizing professional Drug and Alcohol Counseling principles and practices.
- Establish effective working relationships within the Drug and Alcohol Counseling arena.
- Apply basic management and leadership skills in Drug and Alcohol Counseling environments, including time management, organization, and the ability to follow directions.
- Utilize feedback to assess the effect of oneself on Drug and Alcohol Counseling outcomes and make adjustments accordingly.
Core Curriculum Competencies
The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you will be able to do as a graduate, regardless of your program of study. You will acquire these core competencies through general education courses and program-specific coursework. You will be expected to use relevant technology to achieve these outcomes:
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree?
This is a Connected Degree program that enables you to complete your associate degree and then transfer to a four-year degree program as a junior. See a program advisor for details!