Fifth year graduate program

Eligible students from College of St. Joseph who successfully complete the Bachelor of  Science in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services may be admitted into a 5th year certificate program in order to complete additional training and field work experiences that meet the educational training requirements for being credentialed as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor or Student Assistance Professional.

Student Assistance Professionals are typically employed in school districts where they provide primarily prevention, educational, outreach, and other support services to students, under the direction of a certified or licensed alcohol and drug abuse counseling supervisor.

Becoming credentialed as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor provides higher level employment opportunities in hospitals, residential, school or community based substance abuse counseling agencies. In addition to meeting education and supervised practical training requirements, certification as a CADC requires a total of 6,000 hours (three years) of supervised work experience (paid or volunteer) providing alcohol and drug counseling services within 10 years prior to the date of the application.

An earned Bachelor Degree may be substituted for 2,000 hours of work experience. In addition, applicants must:

  1. Pass the IC&RC/AODA, Inc.’s international written examination.
  2. Present a written, representative case of the applicant’s choosing which demonstrates his/her skills, knowledge, and competence, and
  3. Pass a case presentation method examination, which measures competence in the twelve core functions, as measured by peers through an oral examination.

Note: For prospective students who have not graduated from the undergraduate program in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services at College of St. Joseph, additional courses may need to be added to the student’s Certificate Plan of Study in order to meet CADC requirements.

5th year Certificate Program Specific Requirements (Minimum of 19 Credits)

CourseCreditsDescription
GPS500B Ethics & Foundations of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling1
GPS523 Assessment, Case Management & Treatment of Alcohol & Substance Abuse3The course looks in depth at assessment, case management and treatment of alcohol/substance abuse as defined by the IC&RC counselor core functions and SAMHSA counseling competencies. In particular, students will gain a deeper understanding of the procedures for evaluation, coordination of services and utilization of counseling theories and techniques in the treatment of alcohol/substance abuse for individuals and families. Cross-cultural and gender issues as well as co-occurring disorders, polysubstance abuse and dependence, and other addictions such as gambling will be addressed and students will acquire skills in screening, intake and assessment, as well as orienting clients to the nature and goals of services being provided (with regard for requirements involving professional disclosure, privacy and client rights). Students will develop skill at case file organization, management, and record keeping and the importance and process of making referrals and consulting with other professionals.
GPS546A Alcohol, Drugs and Society Part I3The essential development of this course is to appreciate that drug and alcohol use is part of virtually every tradition in modern society. This course explores and seeks to understand the complexities associated with use and misuse of drugs and alcohol through a social framework. To this end, Alcohol, Drugs and Society Part One will focus on institutions, social structure, ideology an constraints, resources, contradiction, conflict, human agency, history, industry and policy of the licit and illicit use of drugs and alcohol in American Society. Part one specifically looks at the inter-relationship of drugs and alcohol with the family, work, leisure, religion, culture, law and government relative to the State and to Criminal Justice, historically and currently.
GPS525 Psychopharmacology3The biological bases of behavior will first be reviewed with an emphasis placed on the brain, nervous system and genetics as they relate to normal and abnormal behavior. The course will then focus on their identification, uses and cautions regarding various types of psychotropic medications which are utilized for treating different psychological disorders. Implications of psychotropic medication use will be addressed and models for the use and evaluation of conjoint medical and psychotherapeutic approaches will be emphasized. Issues related to abuse of various psychoactive medications, interaction effects and information and controversies related to the use of agonist therapy for patients with alcohol and other drug dependence will be discussed. Fall course. 3 credits.
GPS538 Alcohol/Substance Abuse Field Experience I (300H)3These are experiential courses where students apply their theoretical knowledge and counseling skills in a structured setting under supervision by faculty and other licensed, practicing, counseling professionals in the sponsoring agency. Students will complete a minimum of 200 clock hours in the field each semester, in addition to attending weekly coordinating seminar sessions on campus. Course size is limited. Students are required to talk with their advisors early in the semester that precedes the field
experience. Field Experience I is normally completed in the fall semester, with Field Experience II completed in the spring semester. Obtained criminal background and child abuse clearance checks. Prerequisite: Candidacy status, good academic standing and advisor consent.
GPS539 Alcohol/Substance Abuse Field Experience II (300H)3These are experiential courses where students apply their theoretical knowledge and counseling skills in a structured setting under supervision by faculty and other licensed, practicing, counseling professionals in the sponsoring agency. Students will complete a minimum of 200 clock hours in the field each semester, in addition to attending weekly coordinating seminar sessions on campus. Course size is limited. Students are required to talk with their advisors early in the semester that precedes the field
experience. Field Experience I is normally completed in the fall semester, with Field Experience II completed in the spring semester. Obtained criminal background and child abuse clearance checks. Prerequisite: Candidacy status, good academic standing and advisor consent.
GPS526 School Based Prevention and Intervention Services3This course will address issues of relevance to counselors, student assistance professionals, and other health-related educators who work in school settings on a full time, part time or consultant basis. Topics will cover issues such as legal mandates in school, prevention education and programming, collaborative teaching models, standards-based lesson planning and curriculum development, classroom management, risk assessment and crisis intervention.
Total19

In order to complete the Certificate program, students must satisfactorily complete the IC&RC/AODA equivalent practice exam.