Addiction Counseling Degree

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
# AD 120 Survey of Addictive Behaviors
and Treatment
3 0 3
  EN 101 English Composition 4 0 4
# HU 111 Introduction to Human Service 3 0 3
# MH 187 The Helping Relationship:
Interpersonal Communication Skills for Today's Professional
4 0 4
  PY 105 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Spring Semester
# AD 205 Fundamentals of Dependency
Counseling Skills
3 0 3
# AD 235 Physiology and Pharmacology of Addiction 3 0 3
  BI 120 Human Biology 3 2 4
# HU 242 Ethics and the Professional Helper 3 0 3
# PY 283 Group Counseling 3 0 3
Fall Semester
# AD 296 Addiction Practicum I 2 8 4
  MT 120 Topics in Applied College Mathematics* 4 0 4
# PY 205 Crisis Intervention 3 0 3
# PY 280 Individual Counseling: Theory
and Practice
3 0 3
# XX xxx Humanities/Fine Arts/
Foreign Language Elective
3 0 3
Spring Semester
# AD 270 Advanced Seminar in Addictive
Behaviors Counseling
3 0 3
# AD 297 Addiction Practicum II 2 8 4
  EN xxx English Elective 3 0 3
  IT 102 PC Applications 3 0 3
# PY 220 Human Growth and Development: The Life Span 3 0 3
# SO 250 Conflict Resolution in Modern Society 3 0 3

# Indicates major field courses.
* Students must complete MT 120 to graduate. Depending on results of placement testing, students may be required to complete MT 103 prior to MT 120 (please note that MT 103 Algebra I - Part I, with a grade of “C” or higher, or the high school equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher, is the prerequisite for MT 120).

Program Cost Estimates

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2014-15.

The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Addiction Counseling will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.

The Addiction Counseling Program provides professional Addiction Counseling Education and field experience for students who seek careers as addiction counselors and human service professionals with a specialty in addiction knowledge and counseling. Coursework incorporates both theory and skill practice as well as practica experience, including specialized addiction courses, individual and group counseling, interviewing, crisis intervention and conflict resolution. The practica offer the student direct exposure and learning within the addiction field.

Graduates of the program serve in positions in public and private general psychiatric units and hospitals, youth and group homes, addiction treatment centers, diversion programs and mental health and social service agencies. The program also serves as a basis for the student to transfer on to a baccalaureate program. Students are academically and professionally prepared for the process of becoming a New Hampshire Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

The Addiction Counseling Program holds national program approval with the national accrediting body for Human Service Degrees, the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).

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Specific Admission Requirements

  1. Candidates may be required to have a personal interview with a department faculty member.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Health, Technical and Character Standards
The college must ensure that patients/clients are not placed in jeopary by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in practica, service learning and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties, and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client care responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employees, customers and/or patients/clients and their families.

Character Expectations

  • Human Service and Addiction Counseling students work closely with individuals of all ages in the field. Many of the Practicum sites and potential employers will perform a background check through the New Hampshire Department of Safety as well as police and potential FBI checks. A student's driving record will also be examined and considered prior to acceptance of some practicum and employment opportunities. The student may be called upon to pay for the previously mentioned background checks, etc;
  • Applicants who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of the problem, may not be employable or even eligible for practica. Applicants need to discuss these issues in an interview or meeting, so that future goals will not be compromised.

Health Consideration

  • All Human Service majors will receive NHTI Health forms following acceptance. These forms must be completed and along with requested health physical exam, TB testing, prior to the start of classes. Each student is required to obtain NHTI Liability Insurance, starting in each academic year. The students will be billed directly. Students are also eligible to purchase Health Insurance through NHTI for their own health needs.

Technical Standards

Technical Standards have been established as guidance tools to inform program applicants of skills and standards necessary for successful completion of the Human Service programs. Any applicant who has concerns or questions regarding the Technical Standards is encouraged to contact the Department Head to discuss their individual issues. Students in the Human Service programs must be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to communicate verbally as a student in classes, and later as a professional in individual and group counseling situations;
  • Sufficient verbal skills and language to: collaborate with a wide variety of helping professionals in clinical, societal and professional areas; deliver accurate and required information; and to search for information, e.g., questioning;
  • Sufficient writing ability to formulate written assessment, charting notes, and reports, etc.;
  • Ability to sustain cognitive integrity in areas of short- and long-term memory, areas of written documentation and follow-through of responsibilities;
  • Ability to concentrate on the execution of treatment plans, assigned skills and tasks as well as the integration and communication of this work for both short and long term periods of time;
  • Ability to work in settings that may lend themselves to frequent interruptions, immediate crisis response and role responsibility exchange;
  • Ability to cope with a variety of stressors, including people-place occurrences, and demonstrate safe and required care for individuals and the workplace as a whole;
  • Ability to secure transportation to practicum sites and classes;
  • Ability to consistently attend and participate in classes;
  • Ability to demonstrate and maintain organizational skls, time management and professional respect and conduct as a human service student, either at a practicum site, or in the community;
  • Ability to adhere to and practice the Human Service Department's ethical guidelines.

Sobriety Statement - The Human Service Department abides by the accepted national standard that recommends a minimum of two years of sobriety for any prospective trainee in the field of alcohol and other drug abuse counseling.

Kathleen Curran
Human Services Dept. Head
(603) 271-6484 x4147

Michael O'Bryant
Addiction Counseling Program Coordinator
(603) 271-6484 x4269

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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