The Bachelor of Science degree in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services is designed to meet established academic and supervised experience requirements for certification as an Apprentice Substance Abuse Counselor (ASAC) in Vermont by matching course requirements to SAMHSA national competencies and IC&RC/AODA core functions.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Human Services – Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Guided Pathway here.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services

CourseCreditsDescription
HUS102 Introduction to Human Service3This is an introductory survey course designed to help students examine career options and educational requirements in the field of human services. Some of the specialty areas examined include social rehabilitative and welfare services to children, families, and the elderly, correctional/criminal justice services, substance abuse, mental retardation and vocational rehabilitation services. Additional topics include an analysis of historical, current, and projected trends in the field and issues involved in the provision of human services provider agencies.
HUS108 Professional Development3
HUS217 Personality, Theory and Evaluations3The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the philosophy, fundamental techniques and proper role of psychological assessments in helping to understand the nature of human behavior from the standpoints of cognitive, emotional and personality functioning. Proper and ethical use of such assessment, as well as aspects of personality theory will be addressed and the impact of both on diagnosis and treatment. The student will have the change to study specific assessment tools, and will develop a more advanced understanding of their own personality style and how it will impact their work and with others in this field. Sophomore standing.
HUS306 Case Management & Counseling3Students are instructed in the skills of assessing a client’s unique treatment or program needs, designing a treatment or service plan, delivering a course of counseling, documenting and evaluating progress, and working within a team approach in order to ensure that appropriate services are provided to clients. As part of the course, students will focus on refining their skills to develop and maintain effective relationships with clients, and practice specific counseling strategies and techniques in the context of simulated individual and group counseling situations.
HUS315 Culture & Community in Human Services3This course explores the historical underpinnings of service delivery as well as current day practices and service characteristics in the field of human services. The course will also address issues of ethnic-sensitive practices as well as institutional vs. community based helping services. Current legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act will be studied. Fieldwork component will also be required. Prerequisite: PSY102 or permission of Division Chairperson.
HUS316 Alcohol & Society3This course explores issues related to the effects of alcohol abuse and dependence on society. Areas for learning include: health care costs, effects on the body and medical complications, etiology of alcohol dependence, effects on personal behavior and mental health, on family members and significant others, crisis intervention, prevention, assessment, treatment planning needs, counseling, alcohol's interaction effects with other drugs, as-risk populations, co-occurring disorders, cultural effects/sensitivities and ethical standards of practice. Information related to client, family and community education will be provided and the alcohol and drug abuse (IC&RC) counselor 12 core functions and SAMHSA counselor competencies will be addressed throughout the course.
HUS317 Foundations of Alcohol and Substance Abuse3This course explores issues of substance abuse and chemical dependency with a discussion of the relationships between mood-altering substances and behavior, including tobacco and caffeine. The course will discuss other aspects of addiction such as gambling, family dysfunctions and behavioral and personality disorders, and other co-occurring mental health disorders which can be causative and resultant factors associated with addiction. Phases of addiction and recovery and current treatment approaches for children and adults will be explored (such as 12 step, peer support, medical, psychosocial, relapse prevention and intervention models), with opportunities for practice and field work provided. Information related to the spectrum of institutional and community-based services will be reviewed along with information related to promoting health maintenance and prevention of diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, STDs, Tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious diseases.
HUS336 Family Dynamics3This course is designed to increase the student’s understanding of human behavior, relationships, marriage, and the family. Developmental milestones, family transitions, family abuse, cycle of violence, legal, medical, and counseling strategies will be emphasized. Prerequisite: six credits of psychology or human services. Closed to Freshmen.
HUS401 Ethics & Professional Issues in Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services3This course examines ethical, legal and foundational issues that confront practitioners in substance abuse counseling. Students will develop substantial knowledge of the substance abuse counselor core functions and national competency standards. Ethical standards for best practice will be explored in detail including the 12 specific principles of: non-discrimination, responsibility, competence, legal and moral standards, public statements, publication credit, client welfare, confidentiality, client relationships, collegial relationships, remuneration and societal obligations, and students will learn and practice utilizing a values-based ethical decision making process to address ethical dilemmas. Professional training and credentialing requirements as well as various career opportunities in Vermont and surrounding states will be reviewed. Professional issues such as disclosure and privacy regulations, liability and risk management practices, insurance impact of culture, legal issues, and health maintenance practices will be reviewed. An overview of the spectrum of addictive disorders and co-occurring disorders as well as treatment options will be reviewed.
HUS405 Group Counseling3This course examines the group process of psychotherapy. Students will discuss major theoretical perspectives and will be given an opportunity to develop a group and to facilitate the group process. Groups for children, adolescents, adults, families, and the elderly will be analyzed. Stages of group development, group theory, cross-cultural and gender issues, as well as ethical and professional guidelines involved in group work will be major themes of this course.
HUS406 Family Counseling & Mediation3This course focuses on counseling from a home-based perspective. Students will examine the use of Mediation, Crisis Intervention, Mentoring, Parent/Family Education and Intensive Family Based Services as they relate to families and their clinical needs in today’s changing society. Differences between traditional office based counseling and the more recent expansion of family based interventions through home-based services will be examined as well as the importance and use of “wrap around services,” collaboration between agencies, and safety in the home and out in the community.
HUS420C Field Experience in Alcohol/Substance Abuse Counseling6A capstone course for Human Service majors to provide an opportunity for supervised application of theory to practice in an approved setting under direct supervision of qualified persons in the host agency and of the College faculty. This experience provides the opportunity for a student to implement his/her chosen service role while involved in a “hands on” basis within an approved services setting along with an accompanying weekly seminar. It is recommended that an agency different from the one selected for Field Experience I be chosen. The experience consists of 240 clock hours in a human services agency. Prerequisites: Completion of core requirements (except 400 level courses), a minimum of a “C” grade in PHI301 Ethics for the Professional, HUS315 Culture and Community in Human Services, and an overall cumulative average of at least “2.0” in major course work prior to the semester in which the field experience is scheduled or permission of the instructor.
HUS427 Community Organizations & Counseling3This course focuses on issues which impact on the provision of services in human service community settings. The effects of organizational, fiscal, and philosophical trends (such as restructuring, interagency collaboration, managed care, and shifting governmental priorities) will be discussed as they impact on providing behavioral health services and client welfare. Alternative models of service delivery and methods of outcome-based assessment will be discussed. Students will have an opportunity to conduct field research in area community agencies. Senior standing.
HUS435 Adolescence, Alcohol and Substance Abuse3The use and abuse of alcohol and other chemical substances most commonly begins in adolescence. This course will focus on the nature and scope of adolescent substance abuse, other addictions such as gambling and other mental health disorders, and related issues including: stressors associated with normal adolescent development, diagnostic considerations, legal involvement, best practice interventions, special treatment needs, and how communities can help solve the problems associated with adolescent substance abuse.
PSY104 Human Growth & Development3This course will provide students a systematic examination of the processes of human psychological growth from conception throughout infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age. Socio-emotional, intellectual and biological domains of development will be considered from perspectives of psychodynamic and psychosocial theory, as well as more contemporary socio-cultural, cognitive, neuroscientific and ecological approaches. Prerequisite: PSY102.
PSY207 Research Methods I3This course introduces the student to scientific assumptions and methodology that apply to research and program development, implementation, and evaluation in psychology as well as allied human service, business and educational disciplines. Individual and group designs will be examined as well as statistical and behavioral methods to analyze research results. As part of this course, students will develop a written proposal for a possible research project, although the study will not be completed in the course.
PSY304 Abnormal Psychology3This course examines the etiology and treatment of abnormal human behaviors. Areas of study include: historical and current approaches to conceptualizing abnormal behavior, and a review of the characteristics and treatment of organic and functional disorders described in the current edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (including areas such as anxiety, affective and personality disorders, schizophrenia, impaired brain disorders and disorders of childhood.)
PSY453 Seminar in Psychology & Human Services3This is the capstone course for Psychology and Human Services majors. The overarching purpose of this course is to provide a way for students in these majors to pull together knowledge gained during the course of their undergraduate academic career and synthesize it into a comprehensive paper and presentation on a pertinent topic from this field. Students will work with the course instructor to develop their topic, paper and presentation, the latter of which they will present both in class and on Capstone Wednesday. Senior standing.
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology3An integrated and systematic survey of modern sociological methodology and concepts which include as subject matter: the nature of culture and human society, social processes, social structures, and social changes.

General Education Core

General Education Core40Must pass PHI301 Ethics with a grade of “C” or better.

General Electives

General Electives20Students in this program are required to take 20 general elective credits.
Total 120