Get the Skills to Become a Substance Abuse Counseling Professional
12-Month* Substance Abuse Counseling Program in Bangor, Maine
If you have a desire to help others who are struggling with substance addiction, consider the Substance Abuse Counseling Associate’s Degree or 12 month* Diploma program at Beal College.
You know the devastation addiction can cause, and you believe you have the ability to help others empower themselves. Perhaps you’ve overcome addiction yourself, and have become stronger for having survived it. You have the willpower, now all you need is training and you’ll be on your way to starting a fulfilling career as a Substance Abuse Counselor.
The Substance Abuse Counseling Associate’s Degree or Diploma program is designed to provide you with invaluable skills so you can counsel clients through the recovery process. Topics include assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, vocational rehabilitation, trauma and recovery, client education, and community resources. Discussions will occur around special issues including sexual harassment, gender, aging, disabilities, cultural differences, and co-occurring disorders.
Throughout the program, you’ll learn to apply theories of addiction, substance assessment, and counseling techniques – including motivational counseling. You’ll grow to understand the neurobiology of addiction, family addiction dynamics, and special population concerns. Throughout the program you will explore ethics and boundary considerations, all while working and interacting with those involved in Substance Abuse Counseling. Lastly, but still very important, you’ll develop an understanding of diversity and tolerance for others.
The best way to see if Beal College is the right fit for you is to contact an admissions representative. Get more information on the Substance Abuse Counseling Associate’s Degree or Diploma program, class schedules, and financial aid options so that you can make an informed decision about your future. Get More Info or Book a Tour.
Become Qualified in Substance Abuse Counseling
The Substance Abuse Counseling Associate’s Degree or 12 month* Diploma program offers flexible and student-centered program options to prepare students for careers as Substance Abuse Counselors (and for related fields). Our instructors represent a broad range of experience, skills, and knowledge in the area. College faculty with research and training expertise, as well as experienced practitioners in drug and alcohol treatment across many demographic groups and treatment settings, make up our quality group of instructors.
During the Substance Abuse Counseling Associate’s Degree program, you’ll take courses such as:
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Crisis Identification and Resolution
- Interviewing and Counseling
- Case Management
- Group Process
- Trauma, Sexual Abuse, and Recovery
- Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling
- Ethics and Boundaries in Substance Abuse Counseling
- Motivational Interviewing I & II
- Multicultural Counseling in Substance Abuse
- Addiction and the Family
- Co-occurring Disorders
- Substance Abuse for Substance Abuse Counseling
- General Courses
If you choose to take the 1-year* Substance Abuse Counseling Diploma you will not be required to complete all of the courses that appear on this list.
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Get Real-World Experience
On-the-job learning is a valuable factor in substance abuse counseling education, which is why Beal College gets its students into real-life substance abuse counseling environments during their 160-hour externship. Beal has fostered strong relationships within the Bangor community so you could get externship placement assistance from professionals in the industry. This first-hand training is invaluable; it will truly prepare you to become a professional Substance Abuse Counselor.
Diploma and Degree Options
Beal College offers a 1-year* Substance Abuse Counseling Diploma for those who wish to take a faster, less in-depth program. Alternatively, you can take the remaining courses to complete the 20-month** Associate’s Degree program, which could lead to increased opportunities and a wider breadth of knowledge.
Certifications Make You Employable
The Substance Abuse Counseling Diploma and Associate’s Degree or Diploma programs are designed to meet the requirements needed to qualify graduates to sit for the CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) examination. Passing the CADC exam would allow you to pursue employment as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in an agency setting.
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Diverse Career Prospects
Substance Abuse Counselors work to provide support to individuals and groups throughout the recovery process. These skills are indispensable in many settings – day programs, counseling programs, reentry centers, detention facilities, residential and outpatient counseling programs, employee wellness programs, and hospital detox facilities.
As a graduate of the Substance Abuse Counseling Diploma or Associate’s Degree or Diploma program, you’ll be fully prepared to take on rewarding positions such as:
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC)
- Counselor Associate
- Chemical Dependency Counselor
- Psychiatric Tech
- Counselor Associate
- Child/Youth Provider
- Chemical Dependency Counselor
- Addictions Counselor
- Campus Aide
Substance Abuse Counseling Professionals Are Needed to Fill Many Roles
Substance Abuse Counselors counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other dependency problems. They may counsel individuals, families, or groups, or engage in prevention programs.
As a Substance Abuse Counselor you may:
- Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making lifestyle changes
- Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories
- Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions
- Review and evaluate clients’ progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans
- Assess individuals’ degree of drug dependency by collecting and analyzing urine samples
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*Diploma program length when completed in normal time.
**Associate’s Degree program length when completed in normal time.