Substance Addiction

Academic Division of Professional Programs

Human services involve the art and science of working with people and helping others. Within the broad category of human services is the subspecialty of social work. The essential aim of the social work profession is to enhance social functioning of people within social and cultural frameworks. This program prepares graduates to engage in the helping professions at entry levels in their communities. This concentration focuses upon helping students develop the knowledge, skills, experience, and values that will assist them in working effectively with people in a variety of community settings. Specifically,this Certificate program will provide the required education requirements for state licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) (258 CMR 9.05) or as a Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA) (258 CMR 9.06). This certificate prepares students for the education portion of their LADC Assistant Licensure. A 300 practicum is still required in addition to the certificate to get the license.

*Please note that some courses in the curriculum for the certificate may require prior completion of a prerequisite course that is not specifically required for the certificate. In such cases, the prerequisite course must be completed even though it is not part of the certificate requirement.

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Certificates

Human services involve the art and science of working with people and helping others. Within the broad category of human services is the subspecialty of social work. The essential aim of the social work profession is to enhance social functioning of people within social and cultural frameworks. This program prepares graduates to engage in the helping professions at entry levels in their communities. This concentration focuses upon helping students develop the knowledge, skills, experience, and values that will assist them in working effectively with people in a variety of community settings. Specifically,this Certificate program will provide the required education requirements for state licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) (258 CMR 9.05) or as a Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA) (258 CMR 9.06). This certificate prepares students for the education portion of their LADC Assistant Licensure. A 300 practicum is still required in addition to the certificate to get the license.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the Certificate in Substance Addiction, the student should be able to:

  • Assess client needs while working as a member of a team of helping professionals
  • Apply appropriate practices and procedures when interviewing applicants for services to obtain data and to provide information on available resources pertaining to substance addiction
  • Demonstrate familiarity with substance addiction services available in the community and how those services relate to client needs
  • Demonstrate competency in counseling adults with substance addiction
  • Demonstrate proficiency in assisting individuals or groups with difficult day to day problems such as finding employment, locating sources of assistance, and addressing other specific problems
  • Provide assistance in helping individuals and their families utilize specific resources and agencies, specifically around substance addiction

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Plymouth

Quincy

Substance Addiction Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • HSV 205
    • Substance Addiction Counseling
    • 3
    This course covers a variety of techniques and strategies in the successful understanding, treatment, and assessment of chemical addictions. Students will be taught causation including physiological and behavioral consequences, as well as prevention, intervention, and treatment methods from a systems approach. Students will use social work theories to evaluate programs and treatment models. Additional topics include substance abuse in: society, multiple life span stages and diverse population groups.
    • CJS 113
    • Drugs and Society
    • 3
    This course discusses the major social health issues involving drugs. Topics covered include the psychological aspects of drug involvement, the pharmacology of drugs, alcoholism, current rehabilitation practices, review of state and federal drug laws, and drug education programs at the national, state, and local levels. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • HSV 103
    • Introduction to Social Work
    • 3
    The student will explore, in depth, the concepts of social work, in terms of knowledge, values and skills that are required for an effective introduction to the profession of social work. Special populations, foundational theories, functions and roles of a social worker, as well as emerging issues in society will be evaluated on a multi-systemic level. This course will assist the student in preparing for the state licensure examination at the LSWA level.
    • HSV 201
    • Counseling Skills in Human Services
    • 3
    An examination of the helping relationship in individual and group work with emphasis on techniques such as listening skills, questioning, and interviewing. Topics covered include assessment, treatment planning, and techniques of intervention including behavior modification, psychodynamic, existential-humanistic, and cognitive therapies.
    • HSV 260
    • Diverse Populations
    • 3
    An overview of the role of human diversity in social work practice. An examination of the differences as well as the similarities of the various populations in American Society. Topics to be addressed are race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Barriers to cultural understanding and valuing diversity will also be explored.
    • HSV 114
    • Substance Addiction and Older Adults
    • 3
    This course provides students with an overall view of Substance Addiction among older adults. Instructors will outline best practices for identifying, screening, assessing, and treating the abuse of alcohol, prescription and illicit drugs in the older adult population. Emphasis will be on addressing the greater toll of the misuse and addiction of alcohol and other drugs and the psychosocial issues that are unique to the older adult.

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Quincy Campus

1250 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Tel:  (617) 984-1700

Plymouth Campus

36 Cordage Park Circle
Plymouth, MA 02360

Tel:  (508) 747-0400

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