2016-2017 Catalog

Human Services Technology A.A.S. - Substance Abuse Concentration

A4538E

The Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse concentration prepares students to assist in drug and alcohol counseling, prevention-oriented educational activities, rehabilitation with recovering clients, managing community-based programs, counseling in residential facilities, and pursuit of four-year degrees.

Course work includes classroom and experiential activities oriented toward an overview of chemical dependency, psychological/sociological process, the Twelve Core Functions, intervention techniques with individuals in groups, and follow-up activities with recovering clients.

Graduates should qualify for entry level positions as substance abuse workers, DUI workers/assistants, halfway house workers, residential facility employees, and substance education specialists. With educational and clinical experiences, graduates may apply for certification by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Students should consult their advisor for information about course scheduling.

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

  • Demonstrate understanding of legal issues in the human services field
  • Apply a variety of treatment modalities in numerous settings
  • Show adequate skills and knowledge in applying the principles of group dynamics
  • Demonstrate effective communication, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills 
  • Perform a formal intake interview
  • Show an applied understanding of crisis management in a variety of settings
  • Demonstrate understanding of behavioral and substance addictions and standard treatment modalities
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the 12 core functions of addiction counseling
  • Show a working knowledge of the available human services resources in our community

Program Progression Policy

Counselor training programs raise sensitive issues for both the client and the counselor. The counselor must be able to identify and deal with these sensitive issues in both the client and the self. Students must demonstrate growth in ethical and professional conduct, counseling skills and appropriate attitude. Faculty may conduct subjective interviews following the freshman year and prior to internship. Validation of emotional health may be required, and in that case the Dean of Business and Public Services, the Human Services Coordinator, Director of Admissions, and an outside clinician will serve as a review committee.

A student judged deficient in any area may be withdrawn from the program. A student may apply for readmission through the review committee after one year. Students receiving two “D”s in core or concentration courses will be immediately withdrawn from the program. Students may apply for readmission after one year. In addition, this program raises sensitive personal issues, and it is strongly recommended that students in recovery be chemical-free for one year prior to admission.

Each student in the Substance Abuse Technology program must satisfactorily complete a two part Work-based Learning Experience in order to meet degree requirements. Any conduct by a student which results in termination from their Work-based Learning placement will result in course grades of "F" for both the Seminar and Work-based Learning Experience. In addition, the student will be immediately terminated from the Human Services and Substance Abuse Technology Programs for a minimum of one calendar year. Students may apply for readmission after one year to either program.

A student must satisfactorily complete ("C" or higher) Work-based Learning I (WBL 111) before he/she may enroll in Work-Based Learning II (WBL 121).

In order for a Substance Abuse Technology program student to enroll in a Work-based Learning course (WBL 111, 115, 121, 125), the student must first meet several requirements: 1) complete a minimum of 18 semester hours in core program courses; 2) have a minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA; 3) meet with the Human Services/Substance Abuse Technology Programs Coordinator for site approval; and 4) register with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). Registration with the Board is subject to currently established NCSAPPB fees. These fees are separate from WPCC student tuition and the charges are paid directly to the NCSAPPB. Work-based Learning experience work sites may require background checks, drug screens, physicals, or immunizations prior to final agency approval.

General Education

Math competency must be met by satisfactory completion or placement credit for DMA 010, DMA 020, and DMA 030.

Required Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
BIO 140Environmental Biology

3

FA, SP, SU
BIO 140AEnvironmental Biology Lab

1

FA, SP, SU
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry

3

FA, SP, SU
ENG 114Prof Research & Reporting

3

FA, SP, SU
PSY 241Developmental Psychology

3

FA, SP, SU

Humanities/Fine Arts

Select 3 SHC from the following

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
ART 111Art Appreciation

3

FA, SP, SU
DRA 111Theatre Application

3

FA, SP, SU
DRA 126Storytelling

3

FA, SP, SU
MUS 110Music Appreciation

3

FA, SP
PHI 240Introduction to Ethics

3

FA, SP, SU
REL 110World Religions

3

FA, SP

Major Courses

Core Required Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
HSE 110Introduction to Human Services

3

FA, SP
HSE 112Group Process I

2

SP
HSE 123Interviewing Techniques

3

FA, SP
HSE 125Counseling

3

FA, SP
HSE 210Human Services Issues

2

SP
HSE 225Crisis Intervention

3

FA
PSY 150General Psychology

3

FA, SP, SU
PSY 281Abnormal Psychology

3

FA, SP, SU
SOC 210Introduction to Sociology

3

FA, SP, SU

Required Concentration Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
SAB 110Substance Abuse Overview

3

FA
SAB 120Intake and Assessment

3

SP
SAB 125Substance Abuse Case Management

3

FA
SAB 135Addictive Process

3

SP
SAB 240Sab Issues in Client Serv

3

SP
WBL XXXWork-based Learning

1

WBL XXXWork-based Learning Seminar

1

Other Major Required Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
CIS 110Introduction to Computers

3

FA, SP, SU
SAB 210Substance Abuse Counseling

3

FA
SAB 230Family Therapy

3

FA
WBL XXXWork-based Learning

1

WBL XXXWork-based Learning Seminar

1

Total Credit Hours: 69