Substance Abuse Education

One-Year Embedded Technical Diploma


This program prepares individuals to help prevent substance abuse, counsel individuals and families with drug and alcohol problems, and perform intervention and therapeutic services for persons suffering from addiction. Includes instruction in individual and group counseling skills, psychology of addiction, substance abuse identification methodologies, substance abuse treatment modalities, substance abuse prevention and treatment resources, psychopharmacology, treatment evaluation, patient education, and professional standards and ethics.

Clinically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs

Develop treatment plans

Facilitate referral to meet needs

Demonstrate service coordination skills

Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups and families

Provide education relevant to substance use

Maintain clinical records according to agency, federal and state guidelines

Adhere to accepted culturally competent, ethical and behavioral conduct

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
520-105 Intro to Addiction and Substance Abuse Disorders 3
520-106 Professional Practices in Human Services 3
520-109 Group Facilitation 3
520-113 Rehabilitation Services 3
Semester 2
550-100 Substance Use Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment 3
550-115 Understanding Addiction 3
550-119 Substance Use Disorder Counseling 3
550-120 Psychopharmacology 3
 Total Credits24