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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.

Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program  

In this course, you’ll examine 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, and developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century. You’ll also learn about the different allied health careers that are available.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the goals and structure of the Ashworth College Social Services Assistant course.
  • Explore the history of allied health careers as well as legal and ethical issues.

Lesson Group 1: Introduction to Human Services and Counseling

Lesson Group 1: Introduction to Human Services and Counseling  

This course will offer an introduction to the training, licensing requirements, and responsibilities associated with a career in substance abuse counseling. You’ll study different models of substance abuse alongside the various theories and approaches of individual and group counseling.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explore the roles, responsibilities, and characteristics associated with substance abuse counselors.
  • Recognize the principles and practices of substance abuse counseling in different environments.
  • Understand models of substance abuse and dependence.
  • Analyze theories and approaches to counseling with both individuals and groups.

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Program Description

The Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse Career Diploma is designed to provide students with extensive knowledge of the requirements and responsibilities associated with a professional career in substance abuse counseling, incorporating an understanding of the dangers of addiction and abuse with the assessment and selection of treatment programs, counseling as part of a treatment team, and offering supportive and ethical case management.

Program Objectives

After completing the Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse program, 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's API Program Name Career Diploma program helps 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.

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