Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate Program- Graduate - 2015 University Catalog

Coordinator: Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel
Office: University Hall, Room 3315
Phone Number: (973) 655-5381
E-Mail: renfromichee@mail.montclair.edu

The Counseling programs at Montclair State University prepare students to become multiculturally competent counselors in a variety of work settings. Students are prepared to work with diverse populations in elementary and secondary schools, community agencies, student affairs positions in colleges and universities, and substance abuse treatment facilities. The academic preparation follows guidelines established by state licensure and certification boards.

The graduate programs in Counseling offer several advantages:
  • Opportunities for alternative scheduling in the form of face-to-face, hybrid, or Saturday classes to meet the needs of the working student
  • The opportunity to master counseling skills in a technologically state-of-the-art counseling laboratory, which allows students to record, archive, and review their own counseling practice sessions, which enhances their ability to serve future clients
  • A diverse group of faculty members actively engaged in scholarly research who hold national leadership positions in professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • A theory-to-practice model of instruction that allows students to gain practical experience in schools, community agencies, and colleges and universities
  • An emphasis on the infusion of multicultural counseling and social justice practice in all courses
  • A vibrant and diverse student body that has the opportunity to engage with faculty members on research and present at professional conferences
The courses in the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate program fulfill the educational requirements set by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey (APCBNJ) for CADC eligibility. If they choose, students may apply to matriculate concurrently in the MA in Counseling program.


Course Descriptions:

COUN540: Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling (3 hours lecture)

Students learn about substance abuse counseling and related issue. Students gain an understanding of the historical context, etiological theories, and psychoactive impact of substances on the brain. Students learn about evidence-based assessment, diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse/dependence with emphasis on theory and research driven clinical counseling practice. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: matriculation in Counseling w/concentration: Addictions Counseling (CNAC), Clinical Mental Health (CNCC), Counseling w/Conc:StudentAffairs/Couns in HigherEd (CNSA), Counseling w/Conc:SchoolCounseling (CNSC), or Advanced Counseling (ACOU), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADCO), Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC), Counseling w/Conc:ClinicalMental Hlth Counseling (CNCM); or departmental approval.

COUN545: Community Resources: Alcohol/Substance Abuse Counseling (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the integration of inpatient and outpatient community resources in substance abuse treatment with other social service agencies. Students review ethics, policy setting, staff training, and curriculum development in school and community settings with an emphasis on the use of evidence based technology and treatment and prevention efforts with families and individuals. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Counseling Master's with Addictions Concentration (CNAC), Substance Awareness Coordinator Certification program (SAC), Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Post Master's Certificate (CADC) or Advanced Certificate.

COUN590: Clinical Applications in Addictions Counseling (3 hours lecture)

Students gain an understanding of clinical assessment, case conceptualization and case management in addictions, process compulsions (ex. gambling, shopping, overeating), and crisis management throughout the lifespan. Students explore and demonstrate knowledge of evidence based methods of addiction treatment in a range of settings. Ethical implications, environmental context, and sociocultural aspects of clinical assessment, treatment, and consultation serve as the foundation for student learning. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552, COUN 577, COUN 588 and matriculation in Counseling w/concentration: Addictions Counseling (CNAC), Clinical Mental Health (CNCC) or Advanced Counseling (ACOU), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADCO), Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC), Counseling w/Conc:ClinicalMental Hlth Counseling (CNCM); or departmental approval.

COUN591: Family Seminar: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (3 hours seminar)

This course emphasizes the perspective and role of family in treating substance abuse, as well as the impact of substance use disorders on family and significant other. Students explore theory and its application to substance abuse; historical, traditional and current research based motivational methods of working with families with substance abusers; and related issues of crisis intervention, relapse prevention and ethics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 540 or HLTH 511 for Substance Awareness Coordinator Certification program (SAC) or Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Post Master's Certificate (CADC) students. COUN 540 or departmental approval for MA Counseling, Additions Counseling (CNAC).

COUN640: Counseling Co-Occurring Disorders (3 hours lecture)

Provides concentrated study of the current best practice treatment models for clients with co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. Emphasizes major theoretical issues drawn from recent research and clinical developments; includes consideration of assessment, treatment and after care perspectives, utilizing current approaches and specific techniques. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 540; Matriculation in Addictions Counseling Program (CNAC), Advanced Counseling (ACOU), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADCO), Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC), Counseling w/Conc:ClinicalMental Hlth Counseling (CNCM); or departmental approval.

HLTH511: Biomedical and Psychosocial Perspectives on Drugs (3 hours lecture)

Examines the complex biomedical and psychosocial dimensions of contemporary drug use, emphasizing consideration of a broad spectrum of physiological responses to and health consequences of involvement. Provides a comprehensive view of the historical and social aspects of drug use, and an analysis of selected major issues presented by our current problems with drugs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Education, Counseling w/conc in Addictions Counseling and Public Health w/conc in Community Health Education majors only.