Social Services Assistant program curriculum
Working with individuals with a history of substance abuse requires understanding and patience. Our course is designed to provide professional-level knowledge of the different types of substance abuse and how to approach them. From dealing with crisis situations to evaluating an individual’s eligibility for addiction-related services, you’ll graduate with the ability to help clients with a range of backgrounds get the help they need.
Although you will need further education to get a job as a substance abuse counsellor, this program will provide a foundation to continue your journey toward a rewarding career helping others.
Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program
Learning at Ashworth
The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
Introduction to the basic operations of allied healthcareers and the legal and ethical issues you may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.
Lesson Group 2: Introduction to Human Services and Counseling
Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse
Introduction to human services. Students will learn about the education, training, and licensing requirements needed for this profession. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of a counselor, the characteristics and attributes a counselor should possess, and the environments in which substance abuse counselors may work.
Students will learn about counseling and the history and approaches to chemical dependency counseling. Students will also learn about current counseling strategies, crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, interventions, and the differences between group and individual counseling.
Students will learn about the role of substance abuse counselors and the skills needed to work with a variety of different clients. Students will learn how to adhere to professional and ethical standards of behavior, work with clients and health care professionals, use counseling techniques that are appropriate for each client, and create professional written records for each client.
After completing the Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse course, students will be able to:
Identify the skills and knowledge required for success as a substance abuse counselor.
Recognize and adhere the professional and ethical standards of behavior for substance abuse counselors.
Recognize systematic substance-disorder screening and assessment procedures to determine an individual’s eligibility for addiction-related services, even in crisis situations.
Work collaboratively with clients and other members of the healthcare team to develop written treatment goals with measurable, time-sensitive action steps toward outcomes.
Identify administrative, clinical, and evaluative activities that facilitate the client’s ability to focus on identified issues and needs.
Identify counseling techniques that are both sensitive to the client’s needs and considerate of the client’s cultural norms, societal norms, and family situation.
Recognize how to create professional written records that include all treatment information and data, such as screening and intake results, assessment and treatment notes, clinical reports, progress notes, and discharge summaries.
Identify how to create and professionally present information on substance abuse, prevention, and treatment to clients, families, and community groups.
Develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates educational and professional steps in the pursuit of substance abuse training.
Start your journey toward becoming a substance abuse counselor
Depending on the state you live in, the requirements for certifications as an addictions specialist may vary. Our comprehensive curriculum could provide up to 160 hours toward necessary AODO (alcohol and other drug abuse) domains such as evaluation, treatment planning, and service coordination. Our Career Tools are always here to help with one-on-one guidance for next educational steps and job search tips.