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Substance Addiction

Certificate Program


The Substance Addiction Certificate acquaints students with the multiple dynamics of substance addiction. The Certificate will introduce students to theories of addiction, assessment, social policy, treatment planning, and community origination. This program prepares graduates to engage in helping professions at entry level in their communities. The Substance Addiction Certificate can supplement other degrees and enhance careers in fields such as Nursing, Criminal Justice, and Healthcare. Certificate courses can also count towards the associate’s degree in Human Services. Though additional requirements to sit for licensing exams need to be completed, students who complete the Substance Addiction Certificate will meet the education portion for licensing at the LADC II and LADC Assistant levels.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Assess client needs while working individually or as a member of an interdisciplinary team of professionals.
  • List client, family, and community organizations and resources for substance addiction and describe how the services relate to client needs.
  • Create a treatment plan to work with an individual with substance addiction or dual diagnosis.
  • Provide examples of multiple theories and approaches in working with a diverse clientele.
  • Demonstrate ethical practices and procedures when working with clients.
  • Evaluate clients, programs, and social policies as they pertain to substance addiction.

Professional licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state. This program of study may lead to professional licensure or certification in states outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Licensure and certification in one state do not guarantee automatic licensure in another state. Students who are interested in enrolling to this program of study, and reside outside of Massachusetts, should check their state educational requirements for licensure or certification. For more information, please visit our SARA Professional Licensure Disclosure page.

Academic Division of Professional Programs

Substance Addiction Courses
    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • 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 II censure examination at the LSWA level.
    • 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.
    • HSV 201
    • Counseling Skills
    • 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 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.
    • 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.

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