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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 Allied Health  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the 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.

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Program Description

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.

Program Objectives

After completing the Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the skills and knowledge required for success as a substance abuse counselor.
  2. Recognize and adhere the professional and ethical standards of behavior for substance abuse counselors.
  3. Recognize systematic substance-disorder screening and assessment procedures to determine an individual’s eligibility for addiction-related services, even in crisis situations.
  4. Work collaboratively with clients and other members of the healthcare team to develop written treatment goals with measurable, time-sensitive action steps toward outcomes.
  5. Identify administrative, clinical, and evaluative activities that facilitate the client’s ability to focus on identified issues and needs.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Identify how to create and professionally present information on substance abuse, prevention, and treatment to clients, families, and community groups.
  9. Develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates educational and professional steps in the pursuit of substance abuse training.

Guiding your career path

Ashworth College API Program Name Career Diploma program help you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth College Central Network account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

Advance your career in our online API Program Name program. Call 1-800-957-5412